Management and Marketing

Human Resource Management

Program Details

Human Resource Management (HRM) improves the fit between individuals and organizations. HRM systems work in concert to improve employee performance, retention, satisfaction, and more. Typical career areas are employment recruiting and staffing, training and development, performance management, industrial and labor relations, compensation and benefits, safety and health, and government compliance. Demand for more and better HR professionals will continue to increase as a result of international, economic, demographic, legal, and other trends.

The HRM program provides undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively manage human capital within organizations. Students take a variety of courses in several functional areas including Staffing, Compensation, Legal Compliance, Performance Management, and Training and Development along with courses in broader areas such as Organizational Behavior and General Management. Students may choose from a variety of elective courses as well. The curriculum in WIU’s HRM program has been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for being aligned with its guidelines. It is strongly recommended that HRM students engage in enrichment activities such as an internship, a study abroad program, or a minor. The HRM major and minor are offered on both the WIU-Macomb and WIU-Quad Cities campuses.

Integrated Baccalaureate and Master's Degree Option

Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management/Master of Business Administration

The Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management/Master of Business Administration (MBA) integrated degree program provides an opportunity for outstanding undergraduate Human Resource Management majors to complete both a Bachelor of Business degree in Human Resource Management and an MBA in five years. The integrated degree allows a student to begin taking up to 6 semester hours of MBA courses during the senior year and to count these courses toward both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. View detailed integrated degree requirements.

Student Activities

Many students join WIU’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM is the world’s largest professional association devoted to human resource management). The goal of the SHRM student chapter is to further the professional advancement of members by providing leadership opportunities, professional speakers, seminars, company tours, conferences, HR certification review, and several other hands-on experiences. WIU’s student chapter has been consistently recognized by SHRM with Merit Awards and Superior Merit Awards.

Special Opportunities

HRM students are highly encouraged to become involved in student organizations such as the student chapter of SHRM as well as with internship programs in various organizations and industries. Along with credit earned toward graduation, these internships provide students with invaluable professional experience and frequently result in full-time employment upon graduation. HRM students are also encouraged to take one of the certification examinations offered by the SHRM prior to graduation in order to further demonstrate to employers that they have a solid understanding of HRM principles and practices.

Department Minors

  • Human Resource Management: Macomb, Quad Cities
  • International Business: Macomb, Quad Cities
  • Management: Macomb, Quad Cities
  • Marketing: Macomb, Quad Cities
  • Supply Chain Management: Macomb, Quad Cities

Additional Resources

Career opportunities in HRM are exciting, challenging, and rapidly expanding.

Alumni Job Titles

Within 5 Years of Graduation
  • Human Resource Generalist/Assistant
  • Human Resource Information Systems Analyst
  • Job Analyst
  • Pay/Benefits Administrator
  • Recruiter
  • Workforce Trainer
5+ Years Past Graduation
  • Compensation Specialist
  • Compliance/EEO Officer
  • Human Resource Consultant
  • Human Resource Manager/Director
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Senior Manager of Workforce Planning

Employers of Alumni

  • Aerotek Staffing
  • Allstate
  • Aramark
  • Blackhawk Bank & Trust
  • BP (British Petroleum)
  • CBI Bank & Trust
  • Cobham Mission Systems Sector
  • Colony Brands
  • Community Health Care, Inc.
  • Contax
  • Extended Stay America
  • Genesis Health System
  • Group O
  • Guardian Industries
  • HON/HNI Corporation
  • HyVee
  • IMEG Group
  • John Deere
  • Kia Motors Manufacturing
  • Kone
  • Lee Enterprises
  • Newport Group
  • O'Rourke Sales Company
  • Per Mar Security
  • Quad Cities Food Hub
  • Rock Island Arsenal
  • Securitas Security
  • Select Specialty Hospital
  • Skip-A-Long Child and Family Services
  • Southeast National Bank
  • Target
  • The Arc of the Quad Cities Area
  • THE National Bank
  • The Sedona Group
  • Tri-City Electric
  • United States Army
  • United Township High School
  • Unity Point Health
  • UPS
  • Walt Disney World

Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for detailed program information and course requirements.

Course Descriptions


353 Human Resource Management. (3) This course focuses on recruitment and human resource planning; employment, placement, compensation, and benefits; training and development; employee and labor relations; health, safety, and security; and personnel research in business and industry.

400 Human Resource Management Internship. (1–3, repeatable to 3) Integrates human resource management theories with application to actual business practice. Internships are supervised by a faculty coordinator and an executive in the firm. Proportional credit available for shorter internships. Hours cannot be applied toward requirements of a Human Resource Management minor. Prerequisites: Human Resource Management major, junior standing, completion of HRM 353 with a B- or higher, 2.0 GPA, written approval of department chair. Graded S/U only.

441 Staffing. (3) The study of human resource planning techniques in business and industry such as measurement and testing principles; attracting, selecting, and placing personnel. Prerequisite: HRM 353.

442 Compensation Management. (3) The course focuses on pay systems, which includes a study of compensation laws, job evaluation methods, wage/ salary curves, development of compensation packages, and administrative procedures used in compensation and benefits administration. Prerequisite Prerequisite: HRM 353.

443 Collective Bargaining. (3) A comprehensive study of collective bargaining. Stress is given to legislation, policies, and practices pertinent to collective bargaining, as well as to procedures and techniques utilized in bargaining. Attention also focuses upon the problem of handling and settling industrial controversy. Prerequisite: HRM 353.

444 International Human Resource Management. (3) (Global Issues) The study of human resource management practices and regulations. Topics will include staffing, selection, training and development, labor relations, performance appraisal, and managing workforce diversity in a global economy.

446 Human Resource Management in the Legal Environment. (3) Social and economic implications of government regulations concerning equal employment opportunity are covered. Includes laws and agencies relating to equality in employment for women, minorities, veterans, older employees, and disabled workers. Prerequisite: HRM 353.

449 Appraising and Developing Employees. (3) Examination of employee performance appraisal and development activities in organizations. Emphasis on their design, implementation, and evaluation, and on the systemic relationships among training, careers, and the management of organization development. Prerequisite: HRM 353.

460, 461, 462 Independent Research in Human Resource Management I, II, and III. (1–3 each, not repeatable) Independent research study of an approved topic. For selected Human Resource Management majors. Prerequisites: a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above and permission of the department chairperson.

499 HRM Knowledge Assessment. (0) All Human Resource Management majors are required to complete the knowledge assessment examination prior to graduation. Graded S/U only. Prerequisites: senior standing; Human Resource Management major.


Department of Management and Marketing

Dr. Craig Conrad, Chairperson
Location: Stipes Hall 414
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1535
Fax: (309) 298-1019

Management and Marketing Website

Management and Marketing Directory

College of Business & Technology (CBT)

Dr. John A. Elfrink, Interim Dean
CBT Email:
Location: Stipes Hall 101
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-2442
Fax: (309) 298-1039

CBT Website

CBT Directory


Andrea Riebling, Academic Advisor
Business Disciplines (A-I)

Chris Ramsey, Academic Advisor
Business Disciplines (J-L)

Sara Lytle, Director/Academic Advisor
Business Disciplines (M-O)

Anna James, Academic Advisor
Business Disciplines (P-Z)

Macomb: Stipes Hall 133
Phone: (309) 298-1619
Website: Stipes Hall Advising

Ashley Wilkinson, Academic Advisor
Quad Cities Campus
Quad Cities: QC Riverfront 109
Phone: (309) 762-5787
Website: Quad Cities Advising

Management and Marketing vinyl window cling