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The evolving workplace and work force continually present employers with challenges — skills shortages, family considerations and diversity issues. Human capital is a strategic force in any organization’s success. To stay competitive in the global competition for talent, organizations rely on human resources managers to develop employees’ skills, increase productivity and build job satisfaction.

Bring out the best in your team.

Through elective work in motivation, leadership, negotiation and compensation, as a human resources major you'll learn what it takes to be a fair, effective and successful leader. Who know? Maybe you’ll be the next Indra Nooyi, chairwoman and CEO of PepsiCo.

Learn to lead.

To manage others, you need to listen attentively, think decisively, communicate clearly and act ethically. As a human resources major, you'll be immersed in Marquette's unique combination of liberal arts and business courses, which will help you strengthen your personal and business skills simultaneously.


Human resources majors develop management skills while building personal networks through internships with high-profile Milwaukee-area firms such as GE Healthcare, Harley-Davidson, MillerCoors and Manpower Inc.

Join a career path of the rise.

Human resources majors have a bright career outlook. A recent U.S. Department of Labor study reports that employment in human resources management is expected to jump by 20 percent in the coming decade.

Master the science of human resources management.

After graduation, human resources majors can stay for one more year and complete a master of science in human resources management, raising employment (and pay) prospects.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Foundations for Business Leadership
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Histories of Cultures and Societies Elective
  • Science and Nature Elective
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Finite Mathematics
  • Elements of Calculus
  • Public Speaking
  • Two Non-business Electives


  • Developing Critical Skills for Business Leadership
  • Business Statistics
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Literature Elective
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Theology Elective
  • Non-business Elective


  • Management of Human Resources
  • Human Resources Elective
  • Applying Business Leadership Skills
  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Applied Business Economics
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Behavior and Organization
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Legal and Regulatory Environment Elective
  • Business Elective
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Non-business Elective


  • Four Human Resources Electives
  • Strategies for Entering the Business World
  • Business Policies
  • Ethical and Societal Issues Elective
  • Three Business Electives
  • Two Non-business Electives

Human Resources

You might like the Human Resources major if you

✓ Have strong organizational communication skills

✓ Are adept at ethical decision making

✓ Enjoy working with and motivating others

What can you do with a major in Human Resources?

Human ResourcesAfter graduation, Marquette human resources majors usually find employment in human resources for banks, insurance companies, manufacturers, universities and nonprofit organizations.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in human resources.

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