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 HR management undergraduate 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
  • Organizational development
  • Change

Upon successful completion of the HR management program, you will be prepared for graduate studies in human resources or a career in HR, 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!

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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 HR management degree offer?    

  • One of only three AACSB-accredited business schools in Michigan that offers a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in human resource management aligned with SHRM's curricula guidelines.
  • An emphasis on career planning and promotion of the Society of Human Resource Management’s professional certification examinations.
  • Faculty with international experience, extensive industry experience and published research in leading journals.
  • Merit awards for the student SHRM chapter.

Getting involved

The Society for Excellence in Human Resources is the WMU student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, sponsored by WMU’s Department of Management. As a human resource management student, getting involved in SEHR will help you gain valuable professional development and networking opportunities.

Major coursework

The human resources management major consists of six required courses (18 hours) and two electives (6 hours), in addition to the BBA requirements.

Required courses

Complete these two courses:

  • MGMT 2520—Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 2750—Analytical Foundation

Then complete these courses:

  • MGMT 4070—Change Management
  • MGMT 4320—Total Rewards
  • MGMT 4510—Staffing Organizations
  • MGMT 3580—Labor and Employee Relations

Electives (two 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—Experiential Leadership and Strategy
  • MGMT 3500—Managing Diversity in Organizations
  • MGMT 4100—Global Human Resource Management

View more information on course requirements in the WMU catalog.

Careers with an HR management degree

93% of WMU's human resource management graduates are actively engaged within three months of graduation. In addition, 95% of new graduates with the HR degree report  satisfaction with their job.

Some of our employers

Organizations that employ our students include:


If you have questions related to your coursework or seek career advising, contact:

Dr. Robert Landeros
Office: 3396 Schneider | (269) 387-5802
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Dr. Kyle Brink
Office: 3276 Schneider | (269) 387-6063
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