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Management - Human Resource Management

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The Human Resource Management sequence emphasizes effective, leading-edge human resources management in all organizational settings.

The purpose of the sequence is to provide students with skills and knowledge in human resource management consistent with the current needs of organizations. Students electing this sequence will acquire specific, in-depth skills necessary to assist organizations in the effective utilization of employee skills and talents.

Why Study Management - Human Resource Management?

The field of human resources management is growing in importance as organizations of all kinds focus increasing attention on the role of individuals and groups in organization culture and performance. People issues are critical to the production of quality goods and services, customer satisfaction, and long-term organizational viability. Graduates are employed as human resource specialists, human resource generalist, benefits administrators, compensation analysts, employee relations specialists, corporate recruiters, personnel directors, personnel assistants, trainers, quality control specialists, human resource managers, and many other occupations.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Communication skills, both verbal and written

Being Successful in the Field

  • Be prepared to start in entry level positions within organizations and work up to positions of greater responsibility. Develop an area of expertise along the way.
  • Graduate education including MBA, M.S., or J.D. qualifies one for higher salaries and positions with greater responsibility
  • Obtain internships in an area of interest such as human resources, training, or organizational development
  • Participate in related co-curricular activities and obtain leadership positions to broaden skills
  • Successful human resource professionals are business-minded and well-rounded. Cultivate "hard skills" such as technology and statistics along with "soft skills" such as mediating and advising
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to work with people of various backgrounds and educational levels
  • Learn desktop publishing and other software packages
  • Become familiar with current business literature and news
  • Join professional associations in field of interest, such as American Society for Training and Development, Society for Human Resource Management, American Management Association, Employment Management Association, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and others

Related Fields

Public Accounting

Human Resources

  • Benefits
  • Compensation
  • Employee Relations
  • Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS)
  • Labor Relations
  • Selection and Placement
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Occupational Safety
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Diversity Issues
  • Policy Development


  • Financial institutions
  • Hotel, restaurant, and retail chains
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Hospitals and healthcare organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Employment and staffing agencies
  • Professional employment organizations (PEOs)
  • Other medium and large size organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Labor unions
  • Federal government agencies including:Department of Labor, Employment Security Commission, Bureau of Labor
  • Local and state government agencies


  • Develop strong computer skills, especially with spreadsheets and databases
  • Obtain internships in human resources
  • Develop presentation skills and conflict resolution abilities through coursework and activities
  • Cultivate strong analytical skills. Be willing to start in an entry-level human resources or benefits assistant position
  • Learn about Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and compliance
  • Earn a graduate degree (MBA, masters, or law) to reach the highest levels of human resource management
  • Learn government application procedures
  • Complete a federal government internship program

Training and Development

  • Industrial Training
  • Technology Training
  • Management Development
  • Performance Improvement
  • Organizational Change


  • Corporate universities
  • Consulting firms
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Retail and customer service industries
  • Restaurant and hotel chains
  • Business and industry training facilities
  • Educational institutions


  • Obtain related experience through internships and part-time or summer jobs
  • Develop the ability to comprehend operational systems and to process new information quickly
  • Acquire current knowledge of issues intechnology, industry, and business education through professional association journals
  • Develop solid knowledge of the content area being addressed in training
  • Be prepared to start working in another area of human resources before moving into a training position
  • Learn about Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and compliance
  • Learn about International Organization for Standardization (ISO) criteria


  • Development
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Programming
  • Administration


  • Community agencies
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Private foundations


  • Volunteer in community development projects orwith an organization of interest
  • Take on leadership roles in campus organizations
  • Learn how to administer a budget through coursework or volunteering
  • Develop planning skills
  • Obtain an internship in fund-raising or related field


  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Labor Relations
  • Employment Law


  • Law firms
  • Large corporations
  • Government agencies
  • Public interest legal agencies


  • Obtain a law degree
  • Join a debate team and participate in mock trial
  • Take courses in employment law, conflict management, and labor relations
  • Develop planning skills
  • Gain experience with mediation

Industrial / Organizational Psychology

  • Organizational Development
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Personnel Selection
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Job Analysis
  • Individual Development
  • Labor Relations
  • Ergonomics
  • Teaching
  • Research


  • Consulting firms
  • Educational services
  • Colleges and universities
  • Private and public companies
  • Government agencies
  • Military research organizations
  • Test preparation companies


  • Double major or minor in psychology as an undergraduate
  • Earn a doctoral degree inindustrial/organizational psychology
  • Demonstrate strong interest in studying the behavior of people at work
  • Obtain internships in areas of organizational development
  • Conduct independent research study in areas of interest
  • Develop aptitude in statistical analysis and computers

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Mark Fauble  110 Student Services Building  (309) 438-5825 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Victor Devinatz  SFHB 422  (309) 438-3403 
John Lust  SFHB 304  (309) 438-2396 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA


Middle 50% GPA

2.73 - 3.35

Required Courses

Students with fewer than 45 hours are evaluated on collegiate coursework and grade point average.

Students with 45-59 hours earned must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

  • Financial accounting (ACC 131),
  • Economics—micro and macro (ECO 105),
  • College algebra (MATH 119) and Finite math (MATH 120), or
  • Applied calculus (MAT 121) or calculus I (MATH 145).

Students with 60 or more hours earned must complete those courses listed above, choosing the applied calculus (MAT 121) or calculus I (MAT 145) option, and complete the following additional courses with a grade of C or better:

  • Managerial accounting (ACC 132) and
  • Statistical reasoning (MQM 100).

Recommended Courses

  • Introductory-level business course (BUS 100),
  • Introductory-level English composition (ENG 101),
  • Intermediate-level English composition (ENG 145), and
  • Prove computer competency through completion of one of the following: ACC 167and 168; ITK 150; IAI BUS 902; or by passing competency exams of ACC 189.67 and 189.68

Additional Information

Students are encouraged to get an AA or AS.

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Stacey Meyer  COB 129  (309) 438-8385 

Middle 50% GPA

2.73 - 3.35

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

September 1 through September 30 and February 1 through February 28.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

Major Requirements

Fewer than 45 earned and in progress hours

Evaluated upon college coursework, GPA, and admissions criteria for incoming freshmen.

45 - 59 earned and in progress hours

Grades of “C” or better in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • ACC 131
  • ECO 105
  • MAT 119 and 120 or 121 or 145.

60 or more earned and in progress hours

Grades of “C” or better in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • ACC 131
  • ACC 132
  • ECO 105
  • MQM 100 or ECO/GEO/POL/PSY 138
  • MAT 121 or 145

The College also requires students to complete in the first semester:

  • BUS 100 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Prove computer competency through completion of one of the following:
    • ACC 167 and 168
    • ITK 150
    • IAI BUS 902
    • by passing competency exams

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Stacey Meyer  COB 129  (309) 438-8385 
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