When George Petersen, dean of Clemson University’s College of Education, talks about his department’s newest program, he’s not one to understate it.
“It’s gonna rock South Carolina,” he said.
The Bachelor of Science in Human Capital Education and Development, which will start in fall of 2022, will blend education with human resources development.
Kris Frady, assistant professor in the College of Education, said the program looks to several other successful degree tracks — human resource development, learning sciences and systems improvement — to see what they could offer in an undergraduate degree that would help students land in-demand jobs after graduation.
Frady said they consulted with businesses of all types and sizes around South Carolina to see what their needs were. Moreover, she said this will be one of the most flexible programs to date, and it would forgo some of the transfer credits that would have been required.
Petersen’s team brainstormed the program in 2018 and fashioned an undergraduate degree with an online component that would allow both traditional and non-traditional students to get a degree at Clemson, regardless of their stage in life. While freshmen could join the program, it was tailored with the needs of non-traditional students in mind.
- 14% — projected job growth for careers in human resources development, learning sciences and systems improvement
- $60,000 — average salary
“Students can stay in their home areas as much as possible,” Frady said. While the program focuses on not upending students’ lives, they will have to make occasional appearances on campus. There, they will have the chance to network with industry leaders and other students in the program.
Students ultimately, though, can stay home, work full-time and take care of their families while still earning a four-year degree.
Upon graduation, they could land careers like instructional designers, trainers, analysts, program evaluators, program managers and human resource generalists. They would also be primed to work in nonprofits, should they choose, or move into the masters of human development program.
Frady said the average job growth over the coming 10 years in South Carolina is projected to be 10%, while careers in these fields would be about 14% and earn an average of $60,000 per year.