Human Resource Development

As a Human Resource Development (HRD) major, you will gain the skills you need to offer workplace training and contribute to organizational development in a variety of public and private organizations. You may also choose a supporting program in an area of interest, such as management, communications, or industrial/organizational psychology.

"Ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace is essential to the well-being of employees and to the growth of an organization."

Amanda Romeo - HRD B.S. Student

Amanda is working with the Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism at a local community college. The focus of the work is around affirmative action, diversity and inclusion.

Maximize Strengths.

Human resource development professionals are focused on developing people and teams in the workplace. As an HRD major, you will learn from faculty who collaborate with educators, policy makers, and business leaders so that you are prepared to enter the workforce. Course topics include training and development, strategies for teaching adults, organizational development, and more.

Location matters

As a final part of your program you will complete an internship at a company or organization of your choice. The Twin Cities is home to many Fortune 500 companies such as General Mills and Medtronic, as well as nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

Global perspective

Complete an internship in London, study organizational change in New Zealand, or explore one of numerous other programs through one of the Learning Abroad Center's sponsored programs. Additional opportunities exist through the National Student Exchange (NSE). The University of Minnesota has 180 programs in over 50 countries and offers a variety of short-term, semester, or yearlong options.

Connect to your future

CEHD's Career Services office meets you where you are in your career exploration. Career counselors guide you from orientation through graduation and beyond, providing resources and opportunities that will help you throughout your career. Career services include individual appointments, workshops on topics such as interviewing and networking, and employer events specific to your major.

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