Human Resource Development
for Higher Education and Industry (B.S.)
Indiana State University
The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in human resource development that prepares
students to be human resource professionals in higher education, industry, business, government,
and other agencies.
The Human Resource Development Program combines a core curriculum with directed electives that support
the student's work background—or allow students to develop specialized areas of expertise.
Content is based on the disciplines of education, business, psychology, and related behavioral sciences.
Required studies in the major are drawn from the competency studies from the American Society for
Training and Development (ASTD) and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Coursework includes study in the following areas—plus an internship.
Basics of industrial training, education, and development activities in human resource development
Impacts of technology and international development on world societies
Instructional procedures and practices
Psychology of work, strategic planning, occupational decision making, and development theory
Roles of human resource developers and the management of goal-oriented learning experiences
Safety programs, concern for liability, and planning a safe environment
Use of instructional technology in a simulated teaching environment
Various strategies for job and task analysis
In addition, students complete the University's Foundational Studies Program, which provides the
knowledge students need in critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal and communication skills.
While a minor is not required for completion of this degree, students are encouraged to pursue this
option to enhance employability. Students should work with their advisors to select a relevant minor.
Some suggested areas include: business administration, communication, psychology, and safety.
An important feature of the program is the blending of theoretical and practical learning experiences
in both classroom and real world environments. All students complete an internship that enables them to
put their knowledge into practice while exploring the possibilities of full-time employment.
Student organizations such as the Wabash Valley Collegiate Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
and Females in Technology (FIT) are involved in a number of activities including field trips to business
and industry locations, attendance at professional meetings and seminars, and mentoring. These groups
sponsor guest speakers for student chapter meetings.
Special Note: Many students who choose to pursue the human resource development degree are
already working in industry, education, or government—and decide to return to school for formal
study. For the benefit of working students, flexibility is designed into the delivery system
and sequencing of courses. In addition, degree-completion programs in the University's DegreeLink Program
facilitate the transfer of credit and offer these students degree-completion options on campus
or through distance learning.
Human resource development specialists provide the training and education in technical, supervisory, motivational,
diversification, and orientation areas that organizations need to be successful and productive enterprises.
These professionals conduct, plan, and manage education, training, and other human resource development activities.
Jobs typically held by human resource development graduates include those with responsibilities for training and development, organization development, career development, performance management systems, union/labor relations, and human resource development activities.
Our graduates are hired for a variety of positions, including:
Adult education practitioner
Human resource generalist
Organization development specialist
Listed below are a few of the employers who hire our graduates:
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the College of Technology offers a variety of scholarships and awards—and
the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) offers a number of competitive scholarships.
For information about these awards, contact the College of Technology.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.