Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management

A career in human resource management will enable students to contribute to the success of an organization through the management of its most valuable resource - its people.

Interested in a career where you will maximize human potential? Does acquiring the best talent available and making sure employees are engaged and performing their best appeal to you? Does being a leader in organizational change excite you as companies adapt their work policies to the digital age?

At UIC Business, students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management are in the heart of Chicago, close to major Fortune 500 employers in all industries. Our internationally recognized faculty deliver a focused, comprehensive education designed to prepare you to launch a successful career in human resource management.

Prior to graduation, students can also qualify for certification as a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), giving them a competitive edge in the job market.

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management will equip students with the necessary skills to successfully manage human capital within organizations. A focused curriculum will cover topics that include building effective teams, compensation, global human resources, personal leadership skills, diversity and inclusion, recruitment, training and development, labor laws, and consulting.

For a full list of curriculum requirements, visit the UIC Catalog.

Program Outcomes

With a degree in human resource management from UIC Business, students will learn to:

  • Motivate, lead, and manage a diverse workforce
  • Recruit and hire top talent using industry best practices
  • Develop and implement compensation systems to reward employee performance
  • Create and facilitate training and development programs to optimize performance
  • Assess and develop interventions to enhance employee engagement and performance
  • Integrate human resource management systems in dynamic and multicultural global organizations
  • Apply effective management consulting skills to diagnose and solve complex organizational issues

Explore Degree Requirements

MGMT 452 Organizational Behavior

Emphasizes understanding and managing people at work. It analyzes individual, group and organization topics including leadership, motivation, attitudes, group dynamics, and organizational culture.

MGMT 453 Human Resource Management

Examines the activities involved in attracting, retaining, and motivating employees. Topics include human resource planning, training and development, human resource information systems, and labor negotiations.

MGMT455 Talent Management & Global Human Resources

Examines topics related to recruitment and selection, performance management, compensation and benefits, and managing human resources in a global economy.

Electives

Elective courses include Recruitment and Selection (MGMT 464), Compensation and Reward Systems (MGMT 465), Training and Development (MGMT 470), Leadership Theories and Skill Development (MGMT 475), and Managerial Consulting (MGMT 486).

Program Faculty

Sandy J. Wayne

Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, University Scholar, Faculty Director for Business Scholars, and Co-Director of the Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development (iLEAD)

SHRM Student Chapter

Students have an opportunity to join the UIC Business SHRM Student Chapter. SHRM is the premier organization on issues impacting today’s workplace with 300,000 members across 165 countries.

The UIC SHRM student chapter is run by elected student officers with the assistance of a faculty advisor. Membership provides many benefits including leadership roles, scholarships, internship and job opportunities, social and business events, and networking opportunities with HR professionals.

SHRM-CP Eligibility

The BS in Human Resource Management at UIC Business is endorsed by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) as meeting their curriculum guidelines and covers all key content areas and competencies. Qualified seniors can take the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) exam during their final year at UIC and add this nationally recognized certification to their resumes. Students graduating with a SHRM-CP® often command higher starting salaries and advance more quickly in their careers. SHRM reports that more than 5,000 employers are seeking employees with SHRM credentials every month. To learn more, visit About SHRM Certification and  Student SHRM-CP Eligibility.

Career Opportunities

Students can pursue a career path as an HR Generalist or an HR Specialist. HR Generalists are typically found in smaller businesses and have broad responsibility for all areas of human resource management.

Most entry-level jobs are found in large organizations within one of five HR specialty areas: Workforce Planning and Employment, Training and Development, Compensation and Benefits, Employee and Labor Relations, and Risk Management.

Examples of typical entry-level positions include:

  • Recruiter
  • Training Specialist
  • Onboarding Specialist
  • Benefits Administrator
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • Safety Specialist
  • Employee Assistance Program Counselor
  • HR Information Management Specialist
  • Human Resource Associate

Top Employers

Morningstar at the UIC Business Career Fair

HR professionals are needed in all industries, and employers increasingly prefer to hire students with a major in human resource management for positions managing their organization’s human capital.

The following firms are among the top employers of UIC Business students pursuing a career in human resource management. For more career resources, visit the UIC Business Career Center site.

  • Aflac
  • A.J. Gallagher
  • Chicago Transit Authority
  • CNA Financial Corporation
  • IBM
  • Morningstar
  • PepsiCo
  • PeopleScout
  • Semler Industries
  • Target
  • Wipfli, LLP

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