Human Resource Management

human resource management

A human resource management major at Western Michigan University will give you the specialized skills to manage and develop others. The major emphasizes tested concepts essential for a successful career in human resources, industrial relations or management. These include human resource planning, managing a diverse workforce, staffing, compensation, employee relations, and organizational development and change. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be prepared for graduate studies in human resources or a career in business, unions, industrial relations
or law.

Ready to work with others and hone your communication and management skills? Then take a look at why a human resource management degree is right for you!

pride in our program

Through teaching, research and service, our program will equip you with the skills needed to excel in relationship building, engagement and development of organizational culture. What does our program offer?    

  • An emphasis on career planning and promotion of the Society of Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) professional certification examinations;
  • Faculty with international experience, extensive industry experience and published research in leading journals; and
  • Merit awards for the student SHRM chapter.

major coursework

  • MGMT 2520—Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 2750—Analytical Foundation
  • MGMT 4070—Change Management
  • MGMT 4320—Compensation and Benefits
  • MGMT 4510—Staffing Organizations
  • MGMT 4540—Employment Relations

Two electives required:

  • FIN 3600—Risk and Insurance
  • FIN 3730—Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits
  • LAW 3840—Criminal Law and Procedure
  • MFE 3400—Design for People at Work
  • MGMT 3010—Project Management
  • MGMT 3500—Managing Diversity in Organizations
  • MGMT 4100—Multinational Management

For more information on course requirements go to the WMU catalog:

CAREER placement

96% of our human resource management graduates are employed in a role related to their major. In addition, 96% of new HR graduates report satisfaction with their job.

Just Some of Our Employers

  • Kellogg
  • General Motors
  • Microsoft
  • Aerotek
  • Eaton
  • Meijer
  • Stryker
  • Target
  • Whirlpool
  • Adecco


Students with questions related to their coursework, or who seek career advising should contact the faculty member listed below:

Dr. Robert Landeros
Office: 3396 Schneider | (269) 387-5802
Email Robert Landeros

Dr. Kyle Brink
Office: 3276 Schneider | (269) 387-6063
Email Kyle Brink