Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations

Communicate with ease. Build relationships. Lead effectively.

Gain the skills required to build a career in medicine, law, communication, education, business management, child and family advocacy, social policy or mental health counseling as well as qualify to apply for graduate study. Our human relations (HMRL) program prepares students with effective communication and relationship-building skills relevant to a variety of personal and professional contexts.

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Pfeiffer’s human relations degree completion program, in the division of arts and sciences, is available at our Charlotte campus and online. You can complete this degree either entirely through traditional, seated classes or through a combination of traditional and online classes.


The HMRL curriculum is designed as a bachelor of arts degree completion option for students with an AA, AS or AAS degree or those with at least 45 semester hours (SH) of transferable credits. The HMRL track will grant up to 64 semester hours of transfer credit from associate of arts and associate of science degrees. Additional general education coursework is required for an associate of applied science degree.

The HMRL major consists of 33 semester hours of major coursework plus required general education requirements or electives. All 11 core courses are seated and are completed over an 8-week (fall/spring) or 6-week (summer) compressed schedule that meets once a week from 6-9:45 p.m. Elective coursework and general education requirements may be offered in online or seated formats.

Core Courses (33 SH)

  • MFT 301 Dating, Marriage and Interpersonal Relationships
  • PSYC 295 Psychological Development Across the Lifespan
  • MFT 302 Systems Foundations of Relationships
  • MFT 323 Psychology of Adjustment
  • MFT 325 (WI) Introduction to Research Methods
  • MFT 330 Personal Wellness in Modern Society
  • MFT 403 Skills for Relationships
  • MFT 450 (WI) General Ethics & Morality
  • MFT 520 Human Sexuality
  • PSYC 45 (WI) Personality
  • MFT 530 Internship in Human Relations


  • COMM 300 Career Life Planning
  • COMM 350 Relational Communication
  • PSYC 420 Group Process
  • COMM 380 Theories of Communication
  • PSYC 226 Behavior Problems
  • COMM 414 Conflict Transformation
  • PSYC 430 Psychology of Children and Adolescents
  • COMM 353 Issue of Diversity in a Globalized World
  • PSYC 423 Psychology of Adult Development and Aging
  • PSYC 425 Counseling
  • COMM 360 Organization Communications
  • SOCY 204 Social Problems
  • SOCY 206 Sociology of the Family
  • SOCY 450 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • BUAD 430 Organizational Behavior
  • HA 405 Medical Communications
  • SOCY 425 Sociology of Death and Dying

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog.

Admission Requirements

Please submit the following:

  • Application for Admission and non-refundable application fee.
  • Copies of official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended are required. 
  • If you have applied for financial aid, the financial aid transcript must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid.

Prior Learning Credits

There are several ways to get credit for previous educational experience and/or knowledge in a subject. Review our prior learning credits policy on the admissions page. 

Tuition & Fees

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An undergraduate degree in human relations from Pfeiffer University provides an academic foundation that aligns with a number of satisfying careers. Gain the knowledge and skills for a career in medicine, law, education, business, advocacy, social policy and mental health counseling. You'll also qualify to apply for graduate study in social work, marriage and family therapy, and health care administration.

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