What You Can Do with a Human Resources Degree

Department of Human Resources
The Department of Human Resources offers educational programs that share the common goal of preparing students to work with people in a variety of human services agencies and organizations. The human services field is one of the most rapidly expanding career fields in America today. The Human Resources Department focuses on those careers which require professional preparation and training for service to individuals, families, groups, and the community.

Degree Programs
Degree programs include Counseling, Criminal Justice, and Social Work. In addition to a general career field, the Counseling student may select a concentration in rehabilitation, aging services, or services to the deaf. The Criminal Justice student may choose to specialize in adult corrections, juvenile justice, or law enforcement. The Social Work program, through its Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program, offers students opportunities for guaranteed employment in child welfare. The student, through their choice of a major and a minor, may create a degree plan which will meet entry-level employment requirements for a variety of human service careers and the specific requirements for his or her major career field.

Departmental Scholarships

  • Ray Farmer Memorial Criminal Justice Scholarship
  • Natashia Wright Memorial Law Enforcement Scholarship
  • Richard “Pete” Gray Memorial Law Enforcement Scholarship
  • Lowell E. Green Human Resources Scholarship
  • Richard E. Baumgartner Memorial Scholarship in Human Resources
  • Rehabilitation Services Administration Scholarship
  • Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program
  • Virgil Taylor Rehabilitation Scholarship
  • Bridges-Burke Social Work Scholarship
  • Quiett-Gerlach Counseling Scholarship
  • Higginbotham Family Scholarship

So what kind of job can I get with a Human Resources degree?

Social Work Program:
  • Social Worker
  • Child Welfare Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Social Services Specialist
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Social Worker w/ Older Adults
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Child & Family Social Worker
  • Mental Health Specialist
Criminal Justice Program:
  • Sheriff
  • Correctional Officer
  • Game Ranger
  • FBI/Customs Agent
  • Police Chief/Officer
Human Services Counseling Program:
  • Interpreter
  • Adult Day Care Provider
  • Job Coach
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Vocational Evaluator
  • Case Manager
  • Counselor Assistant
  • Bereavement Counselor
  • Addiction Counselor
  • Employment Counselor
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist
Show Me the Money!
The Chicago Tribune reports that college graduates earn on average 75% more money than those who only have a high School degree. In particular, graduates with a Human Resources degree typically can earn between $25,000 and $45,000 for entry level jobs. (NACE 2014 Salary Report)

Degree Options

Social Work
The primary objective of the Social Work education program is to prepare competent and effective generalist social work professionals, who are prepared for immediate entry into direct human service professional positions. Students graduating with a BSW are prepared for employment in many public and private work settings: health care, including hospitals, home health, and hospice; child welfare; mental health; and income maintenance programs.

Criminal Justice
The Criminal Justice degree will prepare students for beginning professional jobs in the criminal justice system. The curriculum provides a core program of basic courses applicable to all criminal justice fields and specialized courses intended to prepare the student for the professional demands of adult corrections, juvenile justice, or law enforcement. Students gain practical experience through completion of an internship or for those seeking CLEET certification, the Collegiate Officer Program. There are three concentrations within the Criminal Justice degree program. They are:

  • Adult Corrections
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Law Enforcement

Human Services Counseling
The primary objective of the Human Services Counseling degree is to prepare students for beginning human services positions in a variety of government, civic, and private community based agencies and organizations. The Human Services Counseling curriculum provides the knowledge and skills needed for prevention and problem solving with both individuals and groups. There are four concentrations within the Human Services Counseling degree program. They are:

  • Human Services Counseling
  • Rehabilitation
  • Aging Services
  • Services to the Deaf

Human Resources Department at a Glance:

Dean: Dr. Mark Hollingsworth, College of Liberal Arts & Social Science
Chair: Dr. James Burke
Degrees: 3
Concentrations: 8
Minor: 8
Faculty: 16 full-time & 14 part-time
Organizations: 6
Scholarships: 11
Location: 148 Faust Hall