Undergraduate Major in Human Capital & Society

MSU responds to novel coronavirus pandemic

In response to the novel coronavirus outbreak and executive orders issued by the governor, MSU is taking several steps to ensure the health and safety of our community.

To safeguard against COVID-19, and the spread of the novel coronavirus, advising for the Human Capital & Society major has moved to phone and virtual appointments ONLY.

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.

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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.

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