HRM is an exciting, constantly changing field. Choosing a career in HR begins with a solid foundation. The HR concentration at IU Southeast is recognized by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) as fully integrating all HR content areas as recommended by SHRM guidelines. This is the largest and most respected professional HR organization in the world. The HR concentration at IU Southeast is proud to be recognized by this group as meeting the standards of high-quality HR education.

Human Resources Management (HRM) consists of the policies, practices and systems that influence and support the behavior, attitudes and performance of employees. The type of work HR professionals typically perform includes the development and implementation of a large variety of human resource functions and programs such as hiring, staffing, training, human resource development, performance management, equal opportunity compliance, safety management, employee relations, wellness, communication, and motivation programs.

Concentration Requirements

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Required courses (18 credit hours):

Must take the following 4 courses (12 credit hours):

  • BUS-W 301 Principles of Management
  • BUS-Z 440 Personnel-Human Resource Management
  • BUS-Z 441 Wage and Salary Administration
  • BUS-Z 445 Human Resource Selection

Must take 1 additional course (3 credit hours) from the following list:

  • BUS-Z 443 Developing Employee Skills
  • BUS-Z 444 Personnel Research and Measurement

Must take 1 additional course (3 credit hours) from the following list:

  • The 2nd course of BUS-Z 443, BUS-Z 444
  • BUS-D 300 International Business
  • BUS-P 330 Project Management
  • BUS-P 430 Total Quality Management
  • BUS-W 430 Organizations and Organizational Change
  • ECON-E 340 Labor Economics

Required electives

Select two courses (6 credit hours) from:

Select from any 300/400 level BUS or ECON courses outside of HRM[BUS-Z] (NOT from internships/professional practice or BUS-M 300). A course cannot double-count in both the 18 HRM concentration hours and the 6 required elective hours for HRM.

Dept. Course Number Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade Co-Reqs or Pre-Reqs
SPCH-C 325 Interviewing Principles and Practices 3 C- Sophomore standing
SPCH-S 440 Organizational Communication 3 C- Junior standing and SPCH-S 205
SPCH-S 322 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 3 C- Junior standing and SPCH-S 122
SPCH-S 450 Gender and Communication 3 C- Sophomore standing and SPCH-S 122 or consent of instructor
PSY-B 378 Introduction to Industrial Psychology 3 C- 3 credit hours of psychology or consent of instructor
POLS-Y 404 Political Issues in Public Personnel Management 3 C-
OLS 331 Occupational Safety and Health 3 C-


The field of HRM offers professionally challenging and rewarding career paths. Job opportunities exist in private businesses, publicly traded corporations, non-profit firms, and governmental agencies at the local, state and federal level. Positions include: HR assistants, HR generalists, and HR directors. In addition, HR professionals can also choose to specialize in a particular area such as training and development or compensation and benefits.

For more detailed and extensive information regarding careers involving this major, please refer to the Career Development Center.

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