Human Resources Management

About the human resources management major

In this major, you'll study issues that affect people at work, such as recruitment and training, performance management, pay and benefits, labor, health, and safety. As a human resources manager, you'll be a casting director who helps place the right people in the right job within a company and then develops the culture and compensation packages to keep them motivated. You'll also complete a broad range of business courses designed to help you understand what companies need to move forward and what criteria your particular workplace might be looking for in candidates.

Skills and abilities this major develops: communication, training, development, recruiting, and analysis.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Effective negotiations
  • Employee benefits
  • Ethics and leadership
  • Managing behavior in organizations
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Training, development, and salary administration

Possible careers

  • Consultant*
  • Generalist
  • Human resources manager
  • Labor relations specialist
  • Mediator*
  • Organizational developer*
  • Recruiter

*These careers require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Chamber of commerce
  • Financial institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Health care facilities
  • Higher education
  • Indiana State Personnel Department

Enterprise, Policy, and Planning Cluster

This major is part of the Enterprise, Policy, and Planning (EPP) cluster. The EPP cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing or interested in business; economics; labor studies; organizational leadership; public and environmental affairs; sport management; and tourism, conventions, and event management.

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