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Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management


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Human Resource Management Degree Program Overview

Employees are the most important resource any business has. Companies with strong Human Resource departments acquire and manage talent, administer benefits and compensation and ensure that organizational policies and labor laws are followed. Purdue University Northwest’s Human Resource Management major with a Bachelor of Science in Business degree gives students the tools they need to become sought-after HR professionals.

Department of Managerial Studies

  • Our program is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Throughout the world, only 480 programs are SHRM-aligned.
  • Our graduates are also in high demand by employers. A recent survey of our HR graduates indicated that 80 percent were working full time in their field three months after graduation.

Human Resource Management Major Curriculum

As a student in the HR program, you’ll take a balance of general education courses, College of Business core courses and Human Resource Management courses. You’ll focus on classes in the College of Business and general education courses during your first two years. You’ll focus on more specialized HR courses in years three and four.

You’re encouraged to complete an internship in your final year to prepare for future employment.

Kick off your studies with Introduction to Business and general education requirements.

Human Resource Management Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • BUSM 10000 – Freshman Seminar In Business
  • ENGL 10400 – English Composition I
  • MA 15300 – College Algebra

Hone your focus with Organizational Behavior and other specialized human resources classes.

Human Resource Management Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • ACC 20000 – Introductory Accounting
  • ISM 21100 – Principles Of Information Systems
  • ECON 25200 – Macroeconomics

Grow your skills with courses in HR management, labor relations and managerial development.

Human Resource Management Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • BUSM 38000 – International Business
  • BUSM 32000 – Business Communication

Finish strong by studying how to administer benefits and recruit talent. You’ll also complete an internship in the field.

Human Resource Management Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • BUSM 40000 – Fourth Year Seminar In Business
  • BUSM 45000 – Strategic Management: Capstone
  • OBHR 43300 – Staffing Organizations

Human Resource Management Degree Program Highlights

Our faculty members are experts in their respective areas and conduct high quality research. Plus, our SHRM-aligned program allows you to apply for professional certifications like the SHRM-CP, which can make you more competitive in the job market.

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Human Resource Management Degree Program Outcomes

This program emphasizes strategic recruiting, staffing, training, compensation, safety, employment law, leadership development, ethics, social responsibility and teamwork. You’ll graduate as a socially involved, globally engaged HR professional who understands societal and technological advances.

Human Resource Management Degree Career Paths

HR jobs are available in many industries. No matter where you start, opportunities for advancement are available. In-demand roles include:

  • Human Resource representative
  • Human Resource specialist
  • Human Resource manager

Beyond the Human Resource Management Classroom

You’ll have many opportunities to get involved in on- and off-campus activities.

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Human Resource Management Degree Employers

Many of our alumni are benefitting from thriving careers in various companies. Graduates of the human resource degree program are employed at companies like:

  • ArcelorMittal USA
  • Albanese Confectionery
  • Franciscan Physician Network

Human Resource Management Degree Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships available to all PNW applicants, students seeking a bachelor’s degree in human resource management may also apply for program-specific scholarship awards, such as:

  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

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Human Resource Management Degree Accreditation

The College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The HR program is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR professional society.

Throughout the world, only 480 programs in 365 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guidelines.

Erik Krause

I wanted smaller class sizes, professors who knew me and cared about my education, a community atmosphere on campus and a healthy learning environment. Purdue Northwest made that happen for me.

At Purdue Northwest, the class sizes are small enough that I was able to get to know my professors. They are willing to invest in you, in your success—you’re not just a number to them.

Human Resource professors at Purdue Northwest manifested the importance of joining the SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) club, where I made a connection that landed me an internship at a Fortune 500 company.

Jacob Zasada
Human Resource Management, Dyer

I fine-tuned and honed many skills while attending PNW. I came to PNW with real-world, life experiences and had the opportunity to use some of those in the classroom with other students.

Tommy Watkins, Human Resource Management

I have been able to apply what I learned in my classes to my internships. During my time in the program, I've gotten career experience outside of school, working with the Art Institute of Chicago, CareerBuilder and Albanese Confectionery. I already feel prepared for graduating with my Human Resources Management degree in May 2020.

Eliseth Barajas
Human Resources Management, Hammond

The different courses I have taken, as well as events to visit actual career sites to get an understanding of what it would be like to be part of that work force, has helped build connections and get my foot in the door.

Nayia Moore
Human Resources Management

Meet the Faculty

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Jane Thomas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior

Jane Thomas is an assistant professor of human resource management and organizational behavior in the College of Business. Her research focuses on relationships, teams and emotions in the workplace.

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Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management at PNW

Purdue University Northwest’s human resource management degree enables you to reach a genuine understanding of all aspects of the industry while building a solid foundation in essential management tools.

To see how a Bachelor’s Degree in human resource management from PNW opens doors, from corporate boardrooms to non-profit leadership, take the next step today!

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