Major in Human Resource Management

Maximize employee potential—while furthering your career

You'll get the know-how you need in the topics necessary to launch a career in human resources with a major in Human Resource Management. Understanding keys to successful hiring, building complex compensation systems, the value of diversity, and fundamental issues in employment law are among the many concepts you'll study in a program affiliated with the prestigious Society for Human Resource Management—taught by faculty with years of professional HR experience.

You'll graduate ready for a career in this fast-growing field—estimated by the U.S. Department of Labor to increase 21 percent by 2020—combining the latest concepts in organization strategy with the dynamic process of managing people.

Join the IU Human Resource Association

Meet our Faculty

Daniel J. Grundmann
Lecturer

dgrundma@indiana.edu
(812) 855-5254
SPEA 321

  • Strategic Human Resource Management including Compensation and Benefits
  • Employment Law
  • Employee Relations and Collective Bargaining
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Human Resources Planning and Workforce Diversity

Cheryl K. Hughes
Lecturer

ckhughes@indiana.edu
(812) 855-2844
SPEA 335

  • Human resource management/training and development

We will help you master the concepts that give you a competitive edge, and prepare you for a career as a successful HR professional.

—Cheryl Hughes, HR expert, Human Resource Management faculty member

Required coursework

As a SPEA student you will complete various requirements for your degree based on the date you entered Indiana University Bloomington (your matriculation date). There are several components to your curriculum including:

  • General Education
  • SPEA Preparation
  • BSPA Core
  • Experiential Learning
  • Major
  • Electives

There are several ways you can view degree requirements. Your Academic Advising Report is your personalized report outlining your existing requirements and progress toward graduation. You can also expand the term (semester and year) you entered Indiana University Bloomington to review degree requirements. Please note these requirements are for advising purposes only and are not official. To discuss your degree requirements and academic goals please make an appointment with your academic advisor.

All your degree requirements are based on the semester and year you entered IU Bloomington. If you became an IU Bloomington student either Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 you are in the right place!

General Education: select the appropriate academic year (2016-2017) in the "Courses Approved for:" section.

SPEA Preparation

Communication (6cr)

  • Professional Writing – One course from:
    • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • ENG-W 240 Community Service Writing (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • BUS-C 204 Business Communications (3cr) (P: English comp with grade C or better, and second-year standing)
    • SPEA-V 260 Professional Writing for Public Affairs (3cr)
  • Oral Communication – One course from:
    • ANTH-A 122 Interpersonal Communication (3cr)
    • ANTH-L 208 Ways of Speaking (3cr)
    • BUS-C 104 Business Presentations (3cr)
    • COLL-P 155 Public Oral Communication (3cr)
    • ENG-R 228 Argumentation and Public Advocacy (3cr)
    • THTR-T 120 Acting I: Foundations of Acting (3cr)
    • SPEA-V 260 Speaking, Listening and Public Affairs (3cr)

Quantitative (12cr)

  • Computer – One course from:
    • SPEA-V 261 Computers in Public Affairs (3cr)
    • BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business (3cr)
    • CSCI-A 110 Introduction to Computers and Computing (3cr) (P: One year high school algebra or MATH-M 014)
    • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming I (4cr) (P: Two years high school math or MATH-M 014)
  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3cr) OR equivalent (P: MATH-M 014 or equivalent; R: MATH-M 118)
  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3cr)
  • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3cr) (P: ECON-E 201)

American Government Foundations (3cr)

  • POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3cr)

BSPA Core

  • SPEA-V 160 National and International Policy (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 161 Urban Problems and Solutions (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 220 Law and Public Affairs (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 372 Government Finance and Budgets (3cr)
  • SPEA-E 162 Environment and People (3cr)
    • OR SPEA-E 272 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (3cr)

Experiential Learning

  • SPEA-V 252 Career Development and Planning (2cr)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
  • SPEA-V 381 Professional Experience (1cr) (P: SPEA-V 252)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
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Human Resource Management Major (12 courses)

The following four foundation courses:

  • SPEA-V 236 Management Concepts and Applications I (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 246 Elements of Governmental and Nonprofit Financial Accounting Cycle (3cr)
    •    OR BUS-A 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3cr) (P: BUS-A 100)
  • SPEA-V 336 Management Concepts and Applications II (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 236)
  • SPEA-V 373 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (3cr)

The following five courses:

  • SPEA-V 361 Financial Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 246 or BUS-A 201)
    •    OR BUS-F 300 Introduction to Financial Management (3cr) (P: BUS-A 200, A 201 or A 202)
  • SPEA-V 476 Compensation Strategy and Systems (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)
  • SPEA-V 477 Strategic Human Resource Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)         
  • SPEA-V 478 Employment Law for Human Resource Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 479 Employee Recruitment and Selection in the Public Sector (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)

Three courses from the following:

  • SPEA-V 412 Leadership and Ethics (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 432 Labor Relations in the Public Sector (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)
  • SPEA-V 435 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 436 Communication for Government and Nonprofit Organizations (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 443 Managing Workforce Diversity (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (3cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 482 Overseas Topics in Public Affairs (0-15cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)

Electives

Electives are courses that do not meet general education or major requirements, and may be used to fulfill the remainder of the 120 credit hours required for this degree. Please meet with your academic advisor to discuss your electives.

All your degree requirements are based on the semester and year you entered IU Bloomington. If you became an IU Bloomington student either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 you are in the right place!

General Education: select the appropriate academic year (2015-2016) in the "Courses Approved for:" section.

SPEA Preparation

Communication (6cr)

  • Professional Writing – One course from:
    • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • ENG-W 240 Community Service Writing (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • BUS-C 204 Business Communications (3cr) (P: English comp with grade C or better, and second-year standing)
    • SPEA equivalent (3cr)
  • Oral Communication – One course from:
    • ANTH-A 122 Interpersonal Communication (3cr)
    • ANTH-L 208 Ways of Speaking (3cr)
    • BUS-C 104 Business Presentations (3cr)
    • COLL-P 155 Public Oral Communication (3cr)
    • ENG-R 228 Argumentation and Public Advocacy (3cr)
    • THTR-T 120 Acting I: Foundations of Acting (3cr)
    • SPEA equivalent (3cr)

Quantitative (12cr)

  • Computer – One course from:
    • SPEA-V 261 Computers in Public Affairs (3cr)
    • BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business (3cr)
    • CSCI-A 110 Introduction to Computers and Computing (3cr) (P: One year high school algebra or MATH-M 014)
    • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming I (4cr) (P: Two years high school math or MATH-M 014)
  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3cr) OR equivalent (P: MATH-M 014 or equivalent; R: MATH-M 118)
  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3cr)
  • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3cr) (P: ECON-E 201)

American Government Foundations (3cr)

  • POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3cr)

BSPA Core

  • SPEA-V 160 National and International Policy (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 161 Urban Problems and Solutions (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 220 Law and Public Affairs (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 372 Government Finance and Budgets (3cr)
  • SPEA-E 162 Environment and People (3cr)
    • OR SPEA-E 272 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (3cr)

Experiential Learning

  • SPEA-V 252 Career Development and Planning (2cr)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
  • SPEA-V 381 Professional Experience (1cr) (P: SPEA-V 252)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
Get more information


Human Resource Management Major (12 courses)

The following four foundation courses:

  • SPEA-V 236 Management Concepts and Applications I (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 246 Elements of Governmental and Nonprofit Financial Accounting Cycle (3cr)
    •    OR BUS-A 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3cr) (P: BUS-A 100)
  • SPEA-V 336 Management Concepts and Applications II (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 236)
  • SPEA-V 373 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (3cr)

The following five courses:

  • SPEA-V 361 Financial Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 246 or BUS-A 201)
    •    OR BUS-F 300 Introduction to Financial Management (3cr) (P: BUS-A 200, A 201 or A 202)
  • SPEA-V 476 Compensation Strategy and Systems (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 477 Strategic Human Resource Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)         
  • SPEA-V 478 Employment Law for Human Resource Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 479 Employee Recruitment and Selection in the Public Sector (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)

Three courses from the following:

  • SPEA-V 412 Leadership and Ethics (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 432 Labor Relations in the Public Sector (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)
  • SPEA-V 435 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 436 Communication for Government and Nonprofit Organizations (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 443 Managing Workforce Diversity (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (3cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 482 Overseas Topics in Public Affairs (0-15cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)

Electives

Electives are courses that do not meet general education or major requirements, and may be used to fulfill the remainder of the 120 credit hours required for this degree. Please meet with your academic advisor to discuss your electives.

2015-2016 SPEA Bulletin

All your degree requirements are based on the semester and year you entered IU Bloomington. If you became an IU Bloomington student either Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 you are in the right place!

General Education: select the appropriate academic year (2014-2015) in the "Courses Approved for:" section.

SPEA Preparation

Communication (6cr)

  • Professional Writing – One course from:
    • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • ENG-W 240 Community Service Writing (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • BUS-C 204 Business Communications (3cr) (P: English comp with grade C or better, and second-year standing)
    • SPEA equivalent (3cr)
  • Oral Communication – One course from:
    • ANTH-A 122 Interpersonal Communication (3cr)
    • ANTH-L 208 Ways of Speaking (3cr)
    • BUS-C 104 Business Presentations (3cr)
    • CMCL-C 121 Public Speaking (3cr) (changed to COLL-P 155)
    • CMCL-C 122 Interpersonal Communication (3cr) (changed to ANTH-A 122)
    • CMCL-C 205 Introduction to Communication and Culture (3cr) (discontinued)
    • CMCL-C 228 Argumentation and Public Advocacy (3cr) (changed to ENG-R 228)
    • CMCL-C 229 Ways of Speaking (3cr) (changed to ANTH-L 208)
    • COLL-P 155 Public Oral Communication (3cr)
    • ENG-R 228: Argumentation and Public Advocacy (3cr)
    • THTR-T 120 Acting I: Foundations of Acting (3cr)
    • SPEA equivalent (3cr)

Quantitative (12cr)

  • Computer – One course from:
    • SPEA-V 261 Computers in Public Affairs (3cr)
    • BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business (3cr)
    • CSCI-A 110 Introduction to Computers and Computing (3cr) (P: One year high school algebra or MATH-M 014)
    • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming I (4cr) (P: Two years high school math or MATH-M 014)
  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3cr) (P: MATH-M 014 or equivalent; R: MATH-M 118)
  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3cr)
  • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3cr) (P: ECON-E 201)

American Government Foundations (3cr)

  • POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3cr)

BSPA Core

  • SPEA-V 160 National and International Policy (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 161 Urban Problems and Solutions (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 220 Law and Public Affairs (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 372 Government Finance and Budgets (3cr)
  • SPEA-E 162 Environment and People (3cr)
    • OR SPEA-E 272 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (3cr)

Experiential Learning Requirement

  • SPEA-V 252 Career Development and Planning (2cr)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
  • SPEA-V 381 Professional Experience (1cr) (P: SPEA-V 252)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
Get more information 


Human Resource Management Major (12 courses)

The following four foundation courses:

  • SPEA-V 236 Management Concepts and Applications I (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 246 Elements of Governmental and Nonprofit Financial Accounting Cycle (3cr)
    •    OR BUS-A 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3cr) (P: BUS-A 100)
  • SPEA-V 336 Management Concepts and Applications II (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 236)
  • SPEA-V 373 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (3cr)

The following five courses:

  • SPEA-V 361 Financial Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 246 or BUS-A 201)
    •    OR BUS-F 300 Introduction to Financial Management (3cr) (P: BUS-A 200, A 201 or A 202)
  • SPEA-V 476 Compensation Strategy and Systems (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 477 Strategic Human Resource Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)         
  • SPEA-V 478 Employment Law for Human Resource Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 479 Employee Recruitment and Selection in the Public Sector (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)

Three courses from the following:

  • SPEA-V 412 Leadership and Ethics (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 432 Labor Relations in the Public Sector (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)
  • SPEA-V 435 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 436 Communication for Government and Nonprofit Organizations (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 443 Managing Workforce Diversity (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (3cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 482 Overseas Topics in Public Affairs (0-15cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)

Electives

Electives are courses that do not meet general education or major requirements, and may be used to fulfill the remainder of the 120 credit hours required for this degree. Please meet with your academic advisor to discuss your electives.

2014-2015 SPEA Bulletin

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