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Explore the management - human resources emphasis bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise necessary for a career in HR with a management - human resources emphasis bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. 

Through unique projects, work-study assignments, competitions, internships and study abroad, you’ll gain real-world experience, make connections and learn best practices in the world of business and management. You’ll also feel supported. Our expert faculty care about you and your future, and they work hard to create a supportive community where you’ll feel motivated to do your best.

Program curriculum is intentionally designed for you to be able to immediately enter the HR field upon graduation. Not only will you leave UW-Eau Claire with 500 hours of relevant HR experience, you’ll also have passed the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam. This certification proves your knowledge of — and competency within — HR practices and demonstrates your ability to do your job well. 

Combine these achievements with your strengthened communication, teamwork, interviewing, time management and problem-solving skills, and your resume is sure to stand out in today’s competitive job market.

2018 Global X-Culture Conference and Symposium in Italy.

Blugolds among finalists in global competition

A highlight for many management students is UW-Eau Claire's Cross-Cultural Leadership course, which requires students to participate in the annual X-Culture competition. The semester-long project pairs UWEC students with other students from around the world, challenging them to solve a real-life problem global businesses are facing.

Among the 5,500+ students worldwide who participated was UWEC human resources major Emily Charneski, whose team scored in the top 0.3%. Emily recently returned from the project symposium in Calgary, Canada, an invitation-based event that rewards 150 finalists for their contributions. 

“This project was definitely a new experience," she said. "I have worked on group projects throughout my college career, but this project was unique. I had to work and communicate with students whose first language was not English and who were not in the same time zone as me. I recently accepted a job with an international company, and I believe this experience was beneficial in advancing my career."

Why management - human resources emphasis at UW-Eau Claire?

Relevant student organizations. UW-Eau Claire houses one of the largest SHRM chapters in the area. This club meets regularly for learning, networking and volunteering opportunities. Explore the ingredients for a strong resume, identify what skills employers are looking for and learn how to create a positive brand for yourself.

Regional and national competitions. Demonstrate your expertise at the Wisconsin SHRM Student Conference and HR Games Competition, events HR students regularly participate in and win awards at. These competitions are excellent ways to meet other HR professionals and sharpen your presentation, negotiation, demonstration, and problem-solving skills. 

Internship opportunities. UWEC students are highly encouraged to participate in internships — some of which even count for credit. Through internships, human resources students have assisted in things like conducting interviews and reference checks for prospective employees; creating salary surveys; and developing HR policy manuals, salary structure and employee training programs.

Opportunities to work with local businesses. Through coursework and student organizations, you’ll have opportunities to meet and work with potential mentors and employers. These experiences can help you get your foot in the door at places where you might be interested in working. 

Exceptional career preparation. In order to graduate, HR majors are required to obtain 500 hours of practical experience as well as pass the SHRM-CP exam. This ensures you are ready to hit the ground running and immediately excel in your chosen career.

Connection to local employers. Annual on-campus Career Conferences and a Client Communication and Management Career Fair bring potential employers right to you. These events are excellent opportunities to network and submit your resume for current and future job openings. 

Quick facts

Management - human resources emphasis program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
  • Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. 
Additional management majors
Student organizations
  • Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary (BGS)
  • Beta Upsilon Sigma (BUS)
  • Collegiate DECA

Accreditation information

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Our business programs are among the best. We are accredited by AACSB International, a mark of excellence achieved by less than 5% of all business schools worldwide.

What can I do with a management - human resources emphasis degree from UWEC?

Your human resources degree from UW-Eau Claire will inspire you to make organizations better. You will be ready to help companies find top talent and assist in creating a healthy work environment for their employees. Because many organizations need HR professionals, graduates find employment in a variety of industries and fields. Explore careers in staffing (recruitment and selection), training and development, labor relations, compensation and benefits, employee relations and many more. 

Where are management - human resources emphasis alumni now?

Human resources careers

Being a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has opened up doors to so many opportunities for me. I’ve been able to develop my leadership skills and participate in high-impact conferences, mentor programs, networking events and volunteer opportunities. My involvement in SHRM helped me get both my internship and my job after college.

Shauna Human Resources
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Double major, double the impact

Many Blugold graduates have plans to see the world, and Sofia Earle, a human resource management and Spanish double major, is one of those graduates. Sofia will soon be traveling to Spain, where she plans to teach English as a second language. While her main goal for the immediate future is Spanish fluency, Sofia has longer-term goals for combining her human resource management degree with those language skills.

“I’d like to work for a nonprofit agency that serves immigrants and refugees arriving in the United States, one that provides them a safe space as well as the medical, physical and emotional support and resources they need," Sofia said. "I would love to be part of an HR team in such an organization, and focus on hiring quality candidates to support these populations."

Management - human resources emphasis bachelor’s degree program curriculum

The human resource emphasis within the management program prepares you for success through a curriculum that includes a strong liberal education core and major-specific coursework in management, HR and business. A required student professional development program will also cover topics in career planning, professional image, interviewing, etiquette and networking. 

What classes do management - human resources emphasis majors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the comprehensive management - human resources emphasis major in the UWEC course catalog.

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