Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management Degree Program Overview
Employees are the most important resource any business has. 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.
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.
- 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.
You can currently complete this degree at PNW’s Hammond campus.
Kick off your studies with Introduction to Business and general education requirements.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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’re encouraged to join the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student chapter at PNW.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meet the Faculty
Associate Professor, Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior | Assistant Academic Director, the Leadership Institute
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.
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.
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!