What is Human Resource Management?
Human Resource majors help organizations manage employees. They learn to recruit employees, develop training programs, manage pay systems and benefit plans, motivate and reward desired behaviors and help set strategic direction. Human resource managers are at the heart of dynamic events and changes such as mergers, downsizing, entering international business and adopting quality management processes. They implement and often lead to cultural changes associated with these steps.
Human Resource Management at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
The Human Resource Management major is one of eight majors that comprise the College of Business at UW Oshkosh. Other majors include: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Management, and Supply Chain Operations Management.
Our HR program is one of the few nationwide that covers all of the body of knowledge recommended by the Society for Human Resource Management, the largest international association of human resource professionals. The HR Major incorporates practical, applied learning through a variety of real-world class assignments and projects. To prepare students for a career in human resource management, our courses emphasize mastery of HR concepts, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication through individual and small group projects. The members of our faculty have applied experience and diverse expertise in areas such as mediation and facilitation, occupational safety and health, employee relations, survey design and implementation, data analysis, benefits administration, aging in the workforce, training and development, recruitment and selection, performance management, and strategic planning. Moreover, the HR faculty has a close connection with local and regional employers looking to hire Oshkosh graduates.
5 Core Classes (15 credits):
- MHR 382 Employee Relations
- MHR 383 HR Staffing and Planning
- MHR 384 Training and Development
- MHR 385 Occupational Safety and Health
- MHR 386 Compensation Management
- MHR 387 Benefits Administration
- MHR 388 HR Information and Metrics
- Human Resource core class titles and descriptions
- Earn an Emphasis: Recommended emphases for the HR Major
- Human Resources BBA Planning Sheet: Plan your classes
- Society for Human Resource Management: Get involved, network with professionals, and attend a meeting.
A Management major is a general business program for those who want a broad business education with additional focus on the knowledge needed to be an effective manager. Management relates broadly to human, physical, and information resources and studies how to procure, use, and retain an optimal resource combination in an organizational setting.
This program covers all areas of business including accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, computer information systems, and operations management. The major emphasizes the application of teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking for decision making in a wider organizational setting.
Students Graduating with this Major Will
- Have the knowledge and tools to launch new business ideas
- Succeed in implementation roles in medium or large businesses
- Secure general management positions in family or small businesses
- Run a small business or keep career options open rather than being limited to one functional area such as marketing or finance
- Have the option of a general management major with a double major in a particular functional area in order to add value and have an excellent second expertise
Students Must Choose One or More of the Following
- Family Business/Entrepreneurship Concentration - provides students with the training and knowledge they need to launch new businesses, develop new entrepreneurial ventures within existing firms, or manage family businesses
- Project Management Concentration - students may become dedicated project managers, or may apply project management skills in other types of management positions
- International Business Concentration - allows students to take courses on the practice of management in a global context and to develop a global context and to develop a global mindset
Graduates with a degree in Business Management from UW Oshkosh have the potential to earn about $45,000 annually. National figures show comparative numbers between different majors:
|Major||Average 2014 Salary*|
|Management Information Systems/Business||$62,100|
|Business Systems Networking/Telecommunications||$54,800|
* Salary Survey, April 2014; www.naceweb.org/salary-resources/salary-survey.aspx