Program Mission Statement

The mission of the human relations program is to prepare students to become culturally competent professionals who bring global awareness to the local community. The human relations program promotes effective communication and capacity to build relationships in a variety of personal and professional contexts. By embracing intentionality and strong work ethics, human relations graduates will display characteristics of effective servant leadership and demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.

Approved Free Electives related to HMRL

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

Human Relations-Core Curriculum Coursework

Human Relations Majors are required to complete the following courses.  If students receive transfer credit for any of the following courses, they are required to take an approved HMRL elective.

  • Literature/Language (6 SH)
  • History/Political Science (6 SH)
  • Music/Art/Theatre (3SH)
  • Natural Science Sequence (8 SH)
  • Religion (3SH)
  • Philosophy (3 SH)

Human Relations-Major Coursework

1st Semester
MFT 301 Dating, Marriage and Interpersonal Relationships
PSYC 295 Psychological Development Across the Lifespan
2nd Semester
MFT 302 Systems Foundations of Relationships
MFT 323 Psychology of Adjustment
3rd Semester
MFT 325 (WI) Introduction to Research Methods
MFT 330 Personal Wellness in Modern Society
4th Semester
MFT 403 Skills for Relationships
MFT 450 (WI) General Ethics & Morality
5th Semester
MFT 520 Human Sexuality
PSYC 421 (WI) Personality
MFT 530 Internship in Human Relations

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  1. Request an info packet.
  2. Come to an information session.
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  4. Call: (704) 945-7320.
  5. Visit: Our address is 4701 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209.  Our normal business hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  If you want to schedule an appointment, please call (704) 945-7356. 
  6. Contact: Patrick Meadors, PhD, LMFT
                  Assistant Professor in Marriage and Family Therapy
                  Human Relations Program Coordinator
                  AAMFT Approved Supervisor
                  4401 Park Rd. Charlotte, NC, 28209

Human Relations - Course Descriptions

MFT 301 Dating, Marriage and Interpersonal Relationships 3 SH

Key concepts relevant to the study and understanding of marriage and family life along with exploration and self-assessment of attitudes and values regarding intimate relationships. Topics include, but are not limited to: attachment, attachment styles, potential mate selection, marriage, family relationships, blended families, parenting, relationship violence, and balancing personal/professional life.

MFT 302 Systems Foundations of Relationships 3 SH

History and development of the MFT field with a basic understanding of the family as a system and structure, family rules, circularity and interconnection, the self of the therapist, theoretical philosophies, therapeutic models, and major theorists.

MFT 325 Introduction to Research Methods 3 SH

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of various research methods in the behavioral sciences so they can critically evaluate information about human behavior presented in professional journals and in popular media, understand the strengths and limitations of research methods, and develop proficiency in scholarly writing. Mastery of the material covered will help students evaluate the adequacy of research findings reported by others and develop appropriate APA Publication guidelines for writing formal research papers.

MFT 330 Personal Wellness in Modern Society 3 SH

A comprehensive view of health and wellness on multiple levels, including the physical, emotional, intellectual, relational, and spiritual influences and the exploration of the unique barriers and facilitators of wellness that exist in modern society. Specific strategies will be explored for maximizing personal wellness, including stress management techniques, addiction prevention strategies, and nutritional guidelines.

MFT 403 Skills for Relationships 3 SH

Recognize social, cultural, and familial influences on relationship and marital expectations and perceptions. Identify universal relationship issues and stressors including factors associated with relational adjustment, relational quality, marital satisfaction, and monetary budgeting. PREPARE/ENRICH relationship assessment will also be explored. Cultural awareness and ethical principles within daily interpersonal interactions will be key to effective interpersonal messages and communication skills.

MFT 450 General Ethics & Mortality 3 SH

Introduction to the main approaches of ethical and moral analysis. The process of ethical thinking and moral decision-making is applied to contemporary issues including but not limited to cloning and reproductive technologies, war and terrorism, diversity and equality, animal rights, word hunger and poverty, environmental ethics, and cyberethics. The process of ethical thinking is refined and expanded through this application process.

MFT 520 Human Sexuality 3 SH

Sexual health with the philosophy that it is an important part of every individual's general health. The comprehensive view of sexual health includes both sexuality and the sexual self as influenced by psychological, environmental, hormonal, medical, and relational messages and contexts. Through educational initiatives, positive attitudes and meaningful perspectives about attachment, individual growth and development, i intimate relationships, and personal decision-making will be explored.

MFT 530

Human Relstions Internship 3 SH

The internship is required of all senior Human Relations majors. Students will be placed in internships at area agencies/organizations with the opportunity for first-hand experience in the field and demonstration of their ability to network with other professionals and directly serve their clients in the workplace. A minimum of 120 on-site hours
is required within the 8 or 10 week session.

PSYC 295 Development over the Lifespan 3 SH
Students will learn the implications of both theory and research for everyday interactions with people of all ages and come to have an appreciation for changes that occur within their own lives as they age. Prerequisite: PSYC 221
PSYC 323 Psychology of Adjustment 3 SH

Discovering and applying dynamic, positive principles of constructive behavior. Emphasis is placed on applying course concepts to students' individual life experiences as well as potential therapeutic applications. Involvement with a campus or community service project assists students in applying course knowledge to everyday life.

PSYC 450
Personality 3 SH

Analysis and discussion of the major theories of personality. Theorists studied include Freud, Jung, Horney, Cattell, Allport, Adler, Mischel, Bandura, and others. Students will apply their theoretical knowledge through the analysis of biographical materials.

Human Relations - Admission Requirements

To apply for admission into the human relations program at Pfeiffer University, the following are required:

  • A completed Pfeiffer University undergraduate application for admission with application fee.
  • An A.A., A.S. or AAS degree or approximately 45-64 hours of acceptable transfer credits. 
  • A minimum entrance GPA of 2.5
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or university attended. To be accepted, these must be sent directly from the institution that the candidate attended.

 (To qualify as a full time student, 12 semester hours are required in fall/spring and 6 semester hours are required in the summer.)

The HMRL curriculum is designed for degree completion and will include 33 SH of HMRL major courses and between 23-42 SH of general education/approved elective courses. The HMRL track will allow students transferring 58-64 SH of transfer credit to complete their degree in 5 accelerated semesters. Students transferring with less than 58 SH of transfer credit will be required to take additional coursework to fulfill general education and major requirements.

Human Relations Degree Completion Program

An undergraduate degree in human relations from Pfeiffer University provides an academic foundation that aligns with a number of satisfying careers. You'll gain the knowledge and skills for work 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.

Flexible Format for Busy Students
One of several adult degree programs in North Carolina, Pfeiffer's human relations program offers a mix of on-site and online classes that can help you fit education into your busy schedule.  

Pfeiffer offers:

  • Affordable tuition and financial aid for those who qualify
  • Generous transfer policy
  • Flexible classroom scheduling and online course offerings
  • Opportunity to apply credit from life experience, personal study and/or military course work
  • And more

Contact Pfeiffer today to learn more about the ways a bachelor of arts degree in human relations can set you on a path to achieve your goals.

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Human Relations - Curriculum

The HMRL curriculum is designed to be a BA degree completion option for students with an AA, AS, or AAS degree or those with at least 45 semester hours (SH) of transferrable credit. 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 will be required for the Associate of Applied Science degree. The HMRL major consists of 33 SH 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. Elective coursework and general education requirements may be offered in online or seated formats.