Bachelor of Science
Leadership & Human Resource Development

Why study Leadership & Human Resource Development (LHRD)?

Worldwide all types of organizations (for-profit, non-profit, governmental, community development, and so on) are challenged to keep pace with changing social, ecological, economic, technological systems. 

In addition, organizations increasingly understand that the key to their success and the key to successfully navigating today's changing landscape is their people. 

Graduates of the BS program in LHRD develop the knowledge and skills to help organizations develop their people to meet the challenge of change.  Our graduates learn how to make the people, the human capital in organizations, more agile, prepare the workforce for change, connect and reenergize people with their work, and recraft jobs and increase workforce flexibility.

Additionally, the LHRD Undergraduate Program is a Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Academically Aligned Program. Programs, such as the LHRD program, are recognized as SHRM academic partners, and as such, are seen as a top choice for students seeking a career in Human Resources. Students enrolled in a SHRM HR aligned program are provided with the opportunity to earn their SHRM-CP credential prior to graduating, providing them with a competitive advantage in the job market.

With a BS in LHRD from the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development you will earn recognition as a human capital professional capable of conducting data-driven analysis; engaging with organizational leaders; identifying, implementing, and leading innovative solutions to organizational performance issues; and functioning as a strategic partner in helping organizations reach their goals.

We offer two avenues to complete the LHRD degree; on-campus or online.


  • Courses are taught by award winning faculty who are respected experts in the field
  • Help people reach their maximum potential
  • Develop valuable leadership skills
  • Practical based courses with application based projects
  • Obtain a real world internship and apply what is learned
  • Gain the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to be competitive upon graduation 

SHRM Academically Aligned

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The LHRD Undergraduate degree is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the national organization, and foremost expert, convener, and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. SHRM recognized that our curriculum prepares HRD students to meet the needs of today’s businesses.

Students enrolled in our aligned program are eligible to apply for the SHRM-CP exam, providing them with a career advantage. They also receive student pricing advantages when sitting for the exam and can enjoy favorable exam eligibility requirements.

Approved Electives

LHRD 4901, PSYC 2016, PSYC 2040, PSYC 3020, PSYC 3050, CMST 2064, CMST 3060, CMST 3112, CMST 3118, WGS 2900, ANTH 1003, ANTH 2051, AAAS 2000, AAAS 3425, POLI 2053, POLI 2057, POLI 2070, POLI 3909, MGT 4322, MGT 4523, SOCL 2001, SOCL 2411, SOCL 2511, SOCL 2501, SOCL 2511, SOCL 3505, SOCL 3601.

Additional electives can be approved by the LHRD Program Coordinator.

Sample Career Opportunity:

Training and Development Specialist:

  • Design, plan, organize, and deliver training programs
  • Average starting salary of $55,930
  • Over 200,000 positions nationwide!


Program Advising

CHSE Office of Student Services

236 Peabody Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Phone: 225-578-2331

Program Coordinator

Dr. Edward Gibbons

Edward Gibbons, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of
Professional Practice



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