Traditional Undergrad

Human Resource Management (BA, Minor)

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Heidi Gailor
​Associate Professor of Business Administration
Sandra F. Holsonback, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Carolyn Nye
Program Director of Business and Associate Professor of Business and Analytics
Betty Witcher
Department Chair of Psychology and Business; Professor of Psychology

Get Your Human Resources Management Degree at William Peace University

Human Resources is an essential part of every business, non-profit, and institution, ensuring that both employees and organizations can thrive. Want to know what HR professionals actually do? At William Peace University, our program provides hands-on experience and practical knowledge for a successful career in this dynamic field.

Considering a Degree in Human Resources Management?

HR professionals require a diverse skill set to manage employee recruitment and selection, training and development, conflict resolution, and many more topics. With a median pay of $126,230 in 2021 and a projected growth rate of 9% from 2020 to 2030, the field of HR offers promising career prospects.

At William Peace University, our Human Resources degree program immerses students in real-world business situations through case studies and applied projects with local organizations. By covering a wide variety of topics, our curriculum prepares students for the aPHR certification exam and various HR career paths. 

What Does a Human Resource Manager Do?

What doesn’t an HR professional do? HR professionals are responsible for helping employees and organizations thrive. 

Vital Skill Sets for HR Professionals

The HR profession requires a diverse skill set because HR professionals work in the areas of employee recruitment and selection, training and development, handling employee complaints and conflicts, employee motivation and engagement, compensation and benefits, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and performance management.

HR Careers: Opportunities Ahead

Our Human Resources degree program immerses students in actual Business situations through case studies and applied projects for local organizations. We delve into a variety of topics including:

  • Strategic Human Capital Management
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Employee Engagement and Retention
  • Employee Benefits, Compensation, and Rewards
  • Learning, Training, and Development
  • Performance Management
  • Workforce Planning
  • Leadership Development
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Total Rewards
  • Employment Law and Labor Relations

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared for the aPHR, the certification exam for entry-level professionals through the HR Certification Institute.

Students study in the Collaboratory at WPU.

Are you ready to launch your career in Human Resources and embark on the learning and exploration of a business role that is responsible for all things worker-related?

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Human Resource Management?

At William Peace University, the possibilities with a Human Resource Management degree are as diverse as they are promising. WPU prepare students to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of human resources with confidence and skill. Whether your passion lies in fostering inclusive workplaces, optimizing employee performance, or ensuring fair labor practices, a degree in Human R

Career Paths for WPU Human Resource Management Graduates

Students who graduate from WPU’s Human Resource Management program will be prepared for  real-world careers as:

  • HR Manager
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Recruiter
  • Diversity and Inclusion Director
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Employee Relations Manager

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes! We encourage students to tailor their educational journey to align with their interests and career goals. Whether it’s complementing HR Management with a minor in Leadership, Business, or any other field, or pursuing a dual major, our flexible curriculum allows you to enhance your skill set and create a unique academic profile that sets you apart in the competitive job market.


Our program incorporates cutting-edge trends and technologies to ensure that students are not only well-versed in traditional HR practices but are also prepared to navigate the rapidly evolving landscape. From leveraging HR analytics for strategic decision-making to embracing digital tools for talent acquisition and employee engagement, our curriculum reflects the contemporary tools and methodologies shaping the HR profession.


SHRM and HRCI offer certifications in Human Resource Management. Students can take a preparation course while still at WPU and sit for the aPHR certification through HRCI before graduation.

Once students graduate and have attained a job in HR, they can apply to take the SHRM-CP (SHRM Certified Professional). Attaining either credential will demonstrate expertise in the field.


Networking is a cornerstone of success in the HR profession, and at WPU, we take this aspect seriously. Our program provides numerous opportunities for students to connect with HR professionals, attend industry events, and participate in internships and projects that offer real-world exposure. Additionally, we have established partnerships with organizations that enable students to interact with industry leaders, fostering valuable connections for their future careers.

Being a good leader is something you learn and perfect with diligence, compassion, persistence, and experience. Attending William Peace University set the foundation for my passion and career path as an HR leader.  While pursuing my dual bachelor’s degrees in Human Resource Management and Leadership Studies, I had amazing professors that provided leadership, empowerment, and mentorship and helped prepare me for success after graduation. The connections that were made during my time at WPU are life long. The professors at Peace strive to provide all students with the tools and resources to be successful.”
Lauren Liles, HR Operations Manager
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