Bachelor of Science in
Leadership & Human Resource Development

Become an effective leader.

Are you ready to shape the future and make a meaningful impact? At LSU’s School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, our Bachelor of Science program is designed to transform you into an influential leader and HRD professional. Here, you'll learn to foster learning, development, and change in individuals, organizations, and communities through a blend of dynamic coursework and hands-on experiential learning opportunities.

Whether your ambition is to lead teams within an organization, train and develop talent, or pursue a career in public service, our program equips you with the skills to achieve your goals and excel in your career.

What is Leadership & Human Resource Development?

Empowering People and Organizations

Leadership and Human Resource Development (LHRD) is an exciting and multidisciplinary field dedicated to refining the skills and knowledge necessary to lead and inspire in any organizational or community setting. Drawing from psychology, sociology, management, and education, LHRD focuses on developing the potential within individuals and groups.

Human Resource Development, a core aspect of LHRD, emphasizes the growth and training of individuals within an organization. It involves activities such as employee training and development, performance management, and career planning, all aimed at helping individuals reach their full potential and drive organizational success. If you’re passionate about making a positive impact and leading transformative change, LHRD is your path forward.

What You'll Learn

Our comprehensive program ensures that graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge to become effective leaders and managers across various industries and settings. 

Here’s what you can expect to learn:

  • Leadership Skills: Cultivate the ability to inspire and guide individuals and teams towards achieving common goals.
  • Organizational Behavior: Understand the dynamics of behavior within organizations to improve workplace efficiency and culture.
  • Strategic Planning: Develop long-term plans that align with organizational goals and drive success.
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility: Embrace ethical decision-making and promote social responsibility in all professional endeavors.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Foster an inclusive environment that values and leverages diverse perspectives and talents.
  • Professional Development: Engage in continuous learning and professional growth to stay ahead in your career.
  • Experiential Learning: Gain practical experience through internships, projects, and real-world applications of classroom knowledge.

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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.

SHRM Academically Aligned

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The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the national authority and leading voice on workplace issues, setting the standards for HR excellence. At LSU’s School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, we are proud to have our curriculum recognized by SHRM for its alignment with industry standards, preparing our students to meet the dynamic needs of today’s businesses.

How does this benefit you?

Enrolling in our SHRM academically aligned program offers you a significant career advantage. As a student, you will be eligible to apply for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam, a credential that is highly regarded by employers across the HR space. Additionally, you will benefit from:

  • Student Pricing Advantages: Enjoy reduced fees when registering for the SHRM-CP exam.
  • Favorable Exam Eligibility Requirements: Gain eligibility to sit for the exam while still a student, accelerating your path to professional certification and career advancement.

Join us at LSU’s School of Leadership and Human Resource Development and leverage the power of SHRM alignment to launch a successful career in human resources.

Career Path

With an undergraduate degree in Leadership and Human Resource Development, you'll be prepared for a wide range of exciting and fulfilling careers. Graduates of this program are in high demand in a variety of industries, including business, healthcare, education, government, and non-profit organizations.

Some of the potential career paths for graduates of this program include:

  • Human Resource Manager
  • Organizational Development Consultant
  • Leadership Development Specialist
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Talent Acquisition Specialist

Our graduates are highly sought after by leading organizations across a range of industries, including energy, government, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and non-profit sectors. 

  • Amazon
  • Assurance Financial
  • B1 Bank
  • Baton Rouge General Hospital System
  • Baylor University
  • Deloitte
  • Fanciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health Systems
  • GE Aviation
  • Honeywell
  • International Paper
  • Louisiana State University
  • Methanex Corporation
  • Ochsner Health Network
  • Postlethwaite & Netterville
  • Republic Finance


Training & Development Specialists

- 2021 Median Pay - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Growth for Training and Workforce Development Managers

- 2021 - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


The knowledge learned helped me distinguish the differences in leading and managing people. 

Julia DaigleLSU 2018 Alumni
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Contact Us

Edward Gibbons, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
LHRD Undergraduate Program Coordinator

On Campus Advising
College of Human Sciences & Education,
Office of Student Services

Online Advising
LSU Online