Human Resource Management

The field of human resource management (HRM) is a core contributor to an efficient and effective organization. HRM is focused on ensuring that organizations have employees with the right knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve their objectives. HR professionals deliver the effective and necessary recruitment, training, development, and performance management processes that are crucial to sustained organizational success. Our HRM major prepares graduates for success by integrating relevant HR content knowledge and professional skills with a contemporary data-driven perspective that organizations value.

Area of high growth potential:

The job outlook for HRM is very promising, with jobs expected to grow by 7 percent over the next eight years.

(Bureau of Labor Statistics,

Make an Impact

In HRM, you can have a positive impact on the company and all of its employees.

No longer seen merely as a support function, HRM is now broadly recognized as a core contributor to an organization’s competitiveness. This has led to exciting new career opportunities for our graduates.

To prepare you to be successful in this field, the HRM degree integrates knowledge in the core functional areas of HR with professional skills (e.g., leadership, communication) and contemporary data-driven perspectives (e.g., analytical thinking), all aspects that an organization values.

Real-World Experience

You’ll have significant opportunities for involvement in consulting projects and clubs, including an active student Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapter, with connections to the local SHRM organization for internship and job opportunities.

The capstone Talent Management course includes an experience-based component for seniors who will put knowledge into practice by working in teams on HRM-related consulting projects with actual companies (including exciting start-ups in the ISU Research Park).


Annette Marsalli, Cedar Rapids, IA

“The new Human Resources Management major will cover many HR functions, which are beneficial to every organization. The coursework available will set me up for success in an HR career.”