Human Resource Management Program
The Human Resources Management (HRM) major provides a high-quality education designed to build the competencies required to be future managers and/or HR professionals in the private, non-profit, and public sector.
Students learn relevant theories, practical knowledge, and useful skills that will help achieve human resource goals.
What is Human Resource Management?
Many people are unsure of what human resource management actually is. HRM is the effective management of the human resources of an organization, which are critical to the organization’s success.
The primary goal of human resource management is the efficient use of human resources to achieve the objective of the organization while assisting with the completion of individual goals.
HRM involves all the decisions and practices that relate to managing people in organizations.
Some topics that are essential to achieving human resource goals include:
- Job analysis
- Human resource planning
- Training & development
- Compensation and benefits
- Human resource management law
- Labor relations
- Continuous quality improvement processes
Winona State’s Human Resources Management major will teach students about these focus areas and more.
HRM majors take required coursework in a variety of disciplines, such as accounting, business law, finance, marketing, economics, statistics, human resources, and decision-making.
Plan your HRM degree with the 4-Year Major Map (PDF).
The number of HRM professionals is expected to grow rapidly because of an increased awareness of the costs and benefits of effective human resource practices.
Graduates are prepared to begin their careers in the human resource departments of corporations, government agencies, unions, and other private and public organizations.
Human Resources graduates pursue a wide variety of careers in management. Recent graduates work in positions such as:
- Employee Benefit Manager
- HR Generalist
- Industrial Relations Representative
- Job and Occupational Analyst
- Compensation Specialist
- Employment and Placement Specialist
- International Human Resources Manager
- Training and Development Specialist
- Grievance Handlers
- Arbitration managers
- Safety Directors
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.
View the HR Advisory Board.
HR is becoming more professionalized. Through Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) SHRM offers 3 HR certificates:
- PHR (professional in HR)
- SPHR (senior professional in HR)
- GPHR (Global professional in HR) certificates
Learn more about these HRCI certifications.
Recently, the link between SHRM and AACSB has increased to standardize the HR education programs. SHRM identified 13 HR content areas and 24 learning modules.
The new HRM curriculum at WSU is aligned with the standardized undergraduate HRM program suggested by SHRM.