Our Program Vision

The Human Relations program will be recognized for excellence in education and research, promoting social justice, service, and scholarship for the betterment of society.


The Department of Human Relations was founded in 1970 with a mission to train graduate students to be agents of social change.  The department has grown to include a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Human Relations in Norman and a Master’s degree in Human Relations (MHR) on the University of Oklahoma campuses in Norman and Tulsa, as well as through OU’s College of Continuing Education’s Advanced Programs.

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We are a multi-disciplinary field of study and professional practice combining theoretical perspectives from the social sciences and humanities, organizational studies, the world of work and service, and from multicultural studies.   The BA and the MHR prepare students to meet the challenge of working in an increasingly diverse and global workplace.  

(From Left to Right) HR Founder and Professor Emeritus-George Henderson, Spring 2016 Intro to Human Relations Class, Caroline Bennett-Ronald E McNair Scholar, and Recipient of 2016 Honors College Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Research, SSHR Meeting