Human Resources Major

Human Resources plays a key role in the success of any organization.

The most important asset for any company are the people who work in that company. The human resources function is responsible for the vitality of that workforce. The Human Resource Management program at UNI Business will prepare you to support employee recruitment, retention, engagement and overall productivity. You will learn the fundamentals of performance management, how to create and maintain a safe work environment, and appropriate policies for setting employee expectations. You’ll also learn how to set up and establish reward systems and benefit plans for any organization–large or small, for purpose or for profit.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Human Resources Managers (2021).

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Less than 5% of business degree-granting schools worldwide have earned AACSB accreditation.



Human Resources Manager jobs are expected to grow above the national average for the next 10 years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021).


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Human Resources Careers

Human resources professionals play an important role in every organization across all industries. This means you have access to careers in a wide range of organizations, for-profit or for-purpose, government and education. Below are examples of careers where human resource management graduates have found success.

  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Recruiter
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Payroll Specialist
  • Compensation and Benefits Specialist
  • Labor Relations Representative

Human Resource Courses

A Human Resources Management degree from UNI Business provides the skills needed to implement successful human resources strategies immediately upon graduation. You'll put theory into practice to prepare for the challenges of maintaining the workforce so vital to the success of the organization.

  • Principles of Organizational Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Managerial Problem Solving
  • Human Resource Management
  • Dynamics of Negotiation
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Staffing and Employee Development
  • Compensation and Performance Management Systems

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Top Employers

Our graduates are in demand! Whether you want to be a payroll specialist at a major corporation or help people find their next opportunity as a recruiter, you’ll be getting the business knowledge and professional skills to succeed at UNI’s College of Business. 

Here are a few of the companies where our human resource alumni work: 

  • AEGON | Transamerica
  • Allied Universal
  • Ameriprise Financial Services
  • Best Buy
  • Collins Aerospace
  • Farmers State Bank
  • Fidelity Bank & Trust
  • Hy-Vee, Inc.
  • John Deere
  • Kent Corporation
  • Lincoln Savings Bank
  • Menards
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Pella Corporation
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Target Stores 
  • Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Wells Fargo


Beyond the Classroom

Shape your leadership skills and have some fun by joining a student organization.

UNI society for human resource management

The University of Northern Iowa Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the premier student organization for Human Resource Management students and is well-respected by business professionals across the Midwest. As a UNI SHRM member, you’ll have access to the latest career information, attend networking events with potential employers or recruiters and increase your social interaction with other students who are majoring in Human Resource Management. 

UNI Students on campus

The Mission of Business Professionals of America is to develop and empower student leaders to discover their passion and change the world by creating unmatched opportunities in learning, professional growth and service. Members participate in activities to accomplish their goals of self-improvement and leadership development.