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.

To ensure excellent and current practices, WMU's Department of Management and the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management make efforts to continuously improve the program and benchmark it against other quality programs in the Midwest. There are many pathways you can take with a degree in human resources, including a career as a recruiter, staffing specialist, compensation manager, trainer, HR generalist and more.

Beyond the classroom

WMU's Department of Management is a sponsor of the Society for Excellence in Human Resources, the WMU student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. As a human resource management student, you will be encouraged to get involved in this group to gain valuable professional development and networking opportunities.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in human resource management are working as:

  • Consultants and suppliers of human resource services
  • Corporate human resource professionals
  • General managers in organizations

Among the organizations they work for are:

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

Career Outcomes

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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