Undergraduate Major in Human Capital & Society

Scheduling HCS Advising Appointments

Advising for the Human Capital & Society major is available via phone, virtual and in-person – see scheduling instructions below.

To learn more about the Human Capital & Society major please contact advisor Matt Hahnenberg or schedule an appointment using the Michigan State University Advising Appointment System.

Contact advisor Matt Hahnenberg    Schedule an appointment

Note: MSU's scheduling system has changed to the new Student Information System. Download instructions on how to schedule an appointment with Matt.


Human Capital: "the skills, knowledge, and experience possessed by an individual or population, viewed in terms of their value to an organization or society."

The Human Capital & Society degree focuses on the people side of business. This degree is for students who want to work within an organization, with a focus on its most important asset - people. This degree prepares students for a wide range of professional careers focusing on employment and workplace strategies that shape the future of work in business, government, healthcare, education, labor organizations and other not-for-profit organizations.

With the instruction of faculty experts and thought leaders in Human Resources and Labor Relations, the Human Capital and Society major trains students in effective organizational staffing and leadership, building motivating workplaces, managing global/local legal compliance, fostering diversity and inclusiveness, and analyzing total rewards and labor market data.

Demand for qualified human resource professionals is among the highest for all professions, providing excellent employment opportunities for graduates of this major. These opportunities cover a wide range of roles; including recruiting and hiring, training and coaching, facilitating team work and high performance, advancing diversity and inclusion, collective bargaining, HR and employment analytics, and compensation and reward systems.

Offering a comprehensive understanding of human capital in a global society, students develop critical thinking skills and learn essential problem-solving, social, emotional and entrepreneurial skills for advancing the well-being and success of working people, organizations and communities worldwide. This major also prepares students for a variety of graduate programs, especially our top-ranked Master of Human Resources & Labor Relations degree at MSU, recognized as one of the best programs in the nation for Human Resources and Labor Relations.



  • Motivating people to do their best
  • Building positive workplace environments
  • Leading teams to achieve organizational goals
  • Analyzing metrics to enhance performance
  • Fostering diversity and inclusion
  • Collaborating and resolving problems
  • Negotiating agreements
  • Planning and managing projects


Talk to an Academic Advisor

Talk to SHRLR Undergraduate Advisor, Matt Hahnenberg



Note: MSU's scheduling system has changed to the new Student Information System. Download instructions on how to schedule an appointment with Matt.