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It is impossible to have a successful business unless employees are properly trained, happy, and efficient. The work environment, hiring process, and work relationships are all important factors to a business’s ability to thrive, making the role of Human Resource Manager critical to any business. These managers handle the staffing, training, pay, and policies of the workplace.


Is a degree in Human Resource Management for me?

Those who work in the field of Human Resources need to be comfortable interacting with people. Your days will revolve around meeting the needs of others and making sure employees are satisfied, therefore strong communication skills are essential. Individuals in this field must also be good problem solvers and comfortable with making sometimes difficult decisions.


What will I learn as a Human Resource Management major?

Our program is designed to prepare Human Resource professionals to deal with the challenge of managing today’s workforce in a small but growing business, corporate or nonprofit entity, or multinational organization. The program content provides comprehensive coverage of the major functional areas of human resource management such as staffing, employee training and development, wages, and benefits. In addition, students will understand and develop personal competencies such as business communication skills and skills in managing diversity. Students also will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in human resource management by completion of a rigorous and required internship program.


Society for Human Resource Management

The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. The Human Resource Management major at the Haile/US Bank College of Business is the only undergraduate program in the region approved by the SHRM, allowing students to be eligible to apply for the SHRM Certified Professional exam (SHRM-CP) once they have accumulated 500 hours of relevant HR experience.


Alumni Spotlight

"I really, really love HR. It’s a career that allows me to help those around me while also fulfilling my own needs to grow and improve. In HR, you’re responsible for being the employee advocate, a financial stewards for your company, and making sure your employees are comfortable. I get to do all of the strategic work, but I also get to help employees on a daily basis, which is something I really enjoy. When I went into the workforce, the education I received from the Haile/US Bank College of Business prepared me for what I needed to know in order to thrive."

Megan O’Brien

Megan O’Brien, '14
HR Director
Erigo Employer Solutions

Job Outlook

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of human resource managers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
  • Candidates with certification or a master’s degree – particularly those with a concentration in human resources management – should have the best job prospects.


Teresa Huddleston
Academic Coordinator, 
(859) 572-6582

Career Paths

A graduate in this major has a variety of career options such as:

  • Benefits/compensation specialist
  • Employee/labor relations specialist
  • Human resource management generalist
  • Recruitment specialist
  • Training and development