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Human Resource Management at WIU Quad Cities

Human Resource Management Program at WIU-Quad Cities

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Human Resource Management

Program of Study

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 the 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 their guidelines. The HRM major and minor are offered on both the WIU-Macomb and WIU-Quad Cities campuses.

Mastering the subject matter and learning the skills to apply that knowledge help establish a strong foundation for a fulfilling career. HRM faculty members are committed to providing that foundation and have a strategic initiative to promote the program. Graduates with HRM degrees go on to a variety of careers in all economic sectors (public, private, not-for-profit), in organizations of any size (from small businesses to the world’s largest multinational corporations), at all levels of responsibility (from entry-level professional jobs to top executive positions), in every kind of organization (including manufacturing, retail, consulting, health care, financial services, legal services, education, transportation, public utilities, education, and much more), and in every field of Human Resource Management (staffing, training, diversity, human resource information systems, compensation, benefits, labor retentions, and more). Students are encouraged to contact the Career Services representative on the Quad Cities campus for assistance with résumé preparation, interviewing, and job search techniques. Seniors are advised to register and establish their credential file with the office in order to take advantage of job referral and on-campus interviewing opportunities.

Faculty

Undergraduate classes in WIU’s HRM program are delivered using the academic and practitioner expertise of full-time permanent faculty holding an accredited Ph.D. degree and associate faculty who have earned a graduate degree coupled with substantial professional experience in the field. This combination provides HRM students with excellent analytical skills and an exposure to real-world situations, tools, and techniques.

Scholarships

Scholarship information is available from the College of Business and Technology office, (309) 298-2442, Western’s Scholarship office, (309) 298-2001, or on the web at wiu.edu/scholarship.

Honors in Human Resource Management

To be eligible for the Centennial Honors College, entering freshmen must have an ACT composite score of at least 28 OR have a 26 or 27 composite ACT and be in the top 15% of their graduating class OR have an ACT composite score of at least 24 and be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. Comparable SAT score is acceptable. Transfer and current WIU students who wish to join the Honors College (including the Quad Cities Honors Program) must have a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale based on 12 or more semester hours. Honors credit is given for honors coursework completed at other accredited institutions. To find out more, visit wiu.edu/Honors.

General honors seminars in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences provide students with the opportunity to explore key academic issues with distinguished faculty members. Students in the College of Business and Technology honors program can take Human Resource Management classes for honors credit.


Management Students

Student Activities

The Human Resource Management program is relatively small and tightly knit. Even so, Human Resource Management students have enviable opportunity to become involved in HR-related extracurricular activities. Many choose to join our student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. SHRM is a perennial winner of national Merit Awards or Superior Merit awards. HR students may also join other organizations, pursue internships, and engage in study abroad programs. For more information about campuswide student activities, visit http://osa.wiu.edu.

After College

Mastering the subject matter and learning the skills to apply that knowledge help establish a strong foundation for a fulfilling career. Human Resource Management faculty members are committed to providing that foundation and have a strategic initiative to promote our majors. Graduates with Human Resource Management degrees can go on to an almost boundless variety of careers in all economic sectors (public, private, not-for-profit), in organizations of any size (from small businesses to the world’s largest multinational corporations), at all levels of responsibility (from entry-level professional jobs to top executive positions), in every kind of organization (including manufacturing, retail, consulting, health care, financial services, legal services, education, transportation, public utilities, education, and much more), and in every field of Human Resource Management (staffing, training, diversity, human resource information systems, compensation, benefits, labor relations, and more). Demand for more and better HR professionals will continue to increase as a result of international, economic, demographic, legal, and other trends. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) projects a more than 20% increase in human resource management occupations for the ten year period 2008-2018.

For More Information

For admissions process and general program information, contact Western Illinois University–Quad Cities at (309) 762-9481. For specific program questions, contact our Advising Center at (309) 762-1988.