Human Resource Management Degree Program Meets SHRM Guidelines

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has announced that McKendree University’s Bachelor of Business Administration degree in human resource management fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

The degree is offered at the McKendree campuses in Lebanon, Ill., and Louisville and Radcliff, Ky.; at the Center for Scott Air Force Base; and through the Accelerated Instruction (AiM) and McKendree Online programs.

McKendree’s bachelor degree in human resource management is one of 260 programs in 209 educational institutions worldwide that has been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum human resource content areas that should be studied at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines, created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010, are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define human resource education standards taught in university business schools and to help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

“It is important for McKendree to adhere to guidelines set forth by the governing bodies of relevant business areas. I am pleased that SHRM feels we are doing so in the area of human resource management,” said Dr. Sandra Lang, School of Business chair.

McKendree’s BBA degree program offers a broad understanding of business operations with an intense focus on human resource management. Course work includes the theory and application of core business principles, personnel management and retention, employee and labor relations, diversity management and organizational development. Students develop problem-solving and team-building skills as they gain insight into ethical and business issues.

Founded in 1828, historic McKendree University ranks among the top 25 percent of regional universities nationwide in the 2012 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” report. For more information, visit