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Human Resource Management

Bachelor of Science in Business

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Program Intro

Employees are the most important resource any business has. Every company needs a strong Human Resources department to acquire and manage talent, administer benefits and compensation and ensure that organizational policies and labor law are followed. HR professionals also strategically plan for an organization’s talent needs and facilitate professional development.

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.

Curriculum Overview

As a student in the HR program, you’ll take general education and business core classes in 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sample Courses

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


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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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.


We urge you to apply for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship.

Beyond the Classroom

You’re encouraged to join the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student chapter at PNW.

Career Paths

This degree prepares you for a number of careers in the field, including:

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


Our graduates are employed by a variety of companies and organizations, including:

  • ArcelorMittal USA
  • Albanese Confectionery
  • Franciscan Physician Network


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.

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

Jane Thomas

Jane Thomas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of 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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Jayoung Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Jayoung Kim is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management in the College of Business. Her primary research interests include leadership and multi-level issues.

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