Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations

Format: On Campus
Application Deadlines
  • Spring 2021 Priority Deadline: November 9, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Regular Deadline: December 1, 2020

All Human Relations courses will be offered fully online during Fall 2020.

Human Relations is a field of study for those who enjoy working with people, and have good ideas about how to make the workplace more effective and satisfying. The BA in Human Relations degree prepares students to understand and skillfully respond to various challenges of human behavior, interaction, and relationships in our evolving and increasingly global, diverse, and technologically oriented world of work. Additionally, students gain the leadership, managerial, and supervisory skills to advance within their organizations.

Drawing on the fields of psychology, sociology, business, communications, and the humanities, students examine the organizational forms, practices, and policies that can foster or hinder the development of productive relationships and organizational success.  Students develop the necessary knowledge and skills to make these relations and their workplaces more effective.

Students in the program:

  • Evaluate workplace problems, and construct and communicate well-researched and relevant solutions. 
  • Utilize key human relations, sociological, and psychological concepts to foster collaboration, motivation, and employee engagement. 
  • Investigate how various forms of social inequality and difference impact human relations in the workplace, and contribute to efforts to improve organizational policy and culture. 
  • Develop relevant strategies for conflict prevention, negotiation, and resolution in workplace settings. 

For More Information About This Program

Please contact Lianna Scull at

Career Prospects

Students of the program are prepared to enter or further their careers in a wide spectrum of government, corporate, and non-profit organizations in areas such as health care, human and social services, education, public administration, business, coaching, and human resources. The degree also offers students a solid foundation to pursue graduate studies in organizational behavior and development, industrial/organizational psychology, human resources, social work, healthcare management, business and public administration, and applied sociology.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements are formal agreements between CUNY School of Professional Studies, (CUNY SPS) and two-year colleges and universities, allowing students to transfer the maximum number of credits with ease to our BA in Human Relations program from institutions with which we have an established transfer process in place.

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Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess at least 24 transferrable credits from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants need to demonstrate basic proficiency in reading, writing, and math.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2021 Priority Deadline: November 9, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Regular Deadline: December 1, 2020
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Student/Alumni Profiles

Brenda Burns

BA in Human Relations

"I have already given advice to a co-worker that the setting at CUNY SPS is like a family."

Samaya Yashayeva

BA in Human Relations

"My inspiration for completing the bachelor’s degree in human relations is to show my four children and me that anything is possible."

Krystyna Audain

BA in Human Relations

"I chose the BA Human Relations degree at CUNY SPS because I believe it is a degree that STANDS OUT. The course structure will challenge, motivate, and inspire you to not just be a better professional, but also a better person."

George Fox

BA in Human Relations

"Human Relations teaches us more than how to make people more efficient and productive in the workplace; the field is about life itself and how to become a better person. "

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