Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise necessary for a career in HR with a human resources 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.
Students majoring in human resources are eligible for thousands of dollars in scholarships offered through the College of Business. For example, the Thomas Bergmann Human Resource Scholarship offers a $2,500 award to an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student chapter.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your human resources degree.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.
Human resources program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major does not require a minor.
- Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
- Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary (BGS)
- Beta Upsilon Sigma (BUS)
- Collegiate DECA
Accreditation information: 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.
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.
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 human resources alumni now?
- Corporate recruiter, U.S. Bank, Minnesota
- Senior human resources assistant, Amazon, Minnesota
- Operations specialist, Gander Mountain, Wisconsin
- Global HR manager, R.J. Reynolds, North Carolina
- Recruiting coordinator, Anheuser-Busch, Texas
Human resources careers
- Human resource coordinator
- Human resources assistant
- Training and development coordinator
- Payroll specialist
- Human resources generalist
- Employee relations specialist
- Benefits specialist
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.
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.
Classes for human resources majors may include:
- Diversity in the Workplace
- Strategic Management in a Global Business Environment
- Compensation Theory and Administration
- Advanced Organizational Behavior
- Managerial Accounting
- Developing the Leader Within You
- Small Business Consulting
Learn more about the comprehensive human resources major in the UWEC course catalog.
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