Certificate in Human Resources FAQs

Why pursue the HR Certificate?

The Human Resources Certificate may serve as a signal to employers that you are interested in Human Resources Management as a potential career. Having the Human Resources Certificate listed on your UWF transcript shows that you have taken a series of five related classes with an emphasis in human behavior and psychology that are relevant to the workplace. After you have successfully completed the five classes, you should have developed the knowledge and ability to work with employees in organizations to enhance their potential and productivity.

The HR Certificate is not designed as a stand-alone program to serve in place of a bachelor’s degree. Instead, it is designed to complement the majors of students already enrolled in other related UWF undergraduate degree programs.

What classes are required?

The Certificate is composed of four required classes and an elective. The required classes are:

  • Social Psychology (SOP3004)
  • Industrial Psychology (INP3004)
  • Organizational Behavior (INP3313)
  • Diversity in the Workplace (INP4224)
  • Pre-approved 3-credit upper division (3000-4000) elective related to HR

The first FOUR classes are required. If you pursue the Certificate, be aware that Organizational Behavior is taught only in the Spring Semester, and Diversity in the Workplace is taught only in the Fall Semester. Plan ahead!

The HR Certificate is designed to go hand-in-hand with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. If you plan ahead, two of your classes will serve to fill requirements in the degree (Social Psychology and Industrial Psychology), and the remainder may serve as upper-level electives.

The HR Certificate also goes well with a degree in Diversity Studies or Women’s and Gender Studies, or with one of the business school undergraduate degrees. Contact either the HR Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Sherry Schneider (sschneider@uwf.edu) or the Psychology Academic Coordinator, Diana Robinson (drobinso@uwf.edu), for help with choosing classes to go with your major.

What classes may I take as an elective?

The fifth class is an elective that has to be pre-approved by the HR Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Sherry Schneider (sschneider@uwf.edu), who highly recommends Human Resource Management (MAN3301).

If you need another psychology elective for your degree Positive Psychology (PSY3990), Psychology, Culture and Society (SOP3730), and Human Factors (EXP4250) have been approved in the past. You may contact Dr. Schneider to discuss other classes as well.

How do I get approval for an elective not on the list?

If there is a class you wish to take that is 3000-level or above, you may write the HR Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Sherry Schneider (sschneider@uwf.edu) an email describing how that class will improve your knowledge and skills in Human Resource Management. Dr. Schneider will either approve your choice or ask you to pick another subject with more relevance to HR.

How do I sign up?

You simply email the HR Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Sherry Schneider (sschneider@uwf.edu), or the the department's Academic Coordinator, Diana Robinson (drobinso@uwf.edu), to get your name on a list of students pursuing the Certificate.   Include your student number and your major in your email. 

When should I sign up?

Sign up as soon as possible once you have completed your general education requirements and have declared a major.

You must be on our list of students pursuing the certificate prior to taking your elective, as the elective must be pre-approved by the HR Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Sherry Schneider (sschneider@uwf.edu). If you are not on our list, the Certificate will not be listed on your transcript.  Also, if you are signed up, we will be able to email you with potential choices for electives, or with extracurricular activities related to Human Resource Management that you may be interested in attending.

What if I sign up and then do not complete the five classes?

There is no penalty if you sign up but do not complete the five classes; the Certificate is simply not listed on your transcript.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Contact the HR Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Sherry Schneider (sschneider@uwf.edu), or the department's Academic Coordinator, Diana Robinson (drobinso@uwf.edu)