Human Resource Management

The University of Dubuque Human Resource Management major provides 21st century skills, knowledge, and understanding of human resource and management functions that prepare students to work in business administration, human resources, and management in the for-profit, nonprofit, or public sector.

What You Will Learn

  • The ability to build practical, applied, and integrated learning experiences through the undergraduate programs in business and accounting.
  • These programs offer foundation coursework in business and when integrated with the University’s Core Curriculum develop personal character, high ethical standards, a world-view that investigates faith and values, and a portfolio of applied tools required to function effectively in today’s global environment.

Program of Study

A University of Dubuque degree in human resource management has a strong focus on the integration of academic with practical skills and real-world experience. Business students are expected to gain on-the-job experience through internships and work with local organizations, small businesses, and nonprofits.


What Our Students Do

Business administration and accounting students learn how to manage time, creatively solve problems, improve productivity, and better serve customers. In addition, students develop strong written and oral communication as well as technological skills necessary to effectively compete in today’s workforce. 

Where Our Graduates Go

Below are examples of internships/full-time employment for students with an HRM major:

Blue, Inc.
Crescent Electric
Foodliner, Inc.
Hirshbach Motor Lines
Honkamp & Krueger
Segwick
Telegraph Herald

News from the Department

 The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the University of Dubuque's Bachelor of Business Administration– Human Resource Management major fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Throughout the world, 437 programs in 335 educational institutions have 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 HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines -- created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013 -- are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

Human Resources Management – Program of Study

The Human Resource Management major provides 21st century skills, knowledge, and understanding of human resource and management functions that prepare students to work in business administration, human resources, and management in the for-profit, nonprofit, or public sector.

Year One

Fall Semester
BAC 100: Introduction to Business (1)
WVS 101: World View I (3)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
CIS 162: Fundamentals of Excel (1)
MATH 112: Algebra (3) or other higher-level math courses
ECON 102: Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

Spring Semester
WVS 201: World View II (3)
RES 104: Research Writing (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
BIO 110: Human Biology and Lab (4) or other Science Lab Course
ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics (3)


Year Two

Fall Semester
THEO 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (or other THEO) (3)
HWS 248: Wellness for a Healthy Lifestyle (2)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
BAC 241: Principles of Financial Accounting (3)
BAC 280: Principles of Marketing (3)
SOC 112: Contemporary Social Problems (or other Social Development) (3)

Spring Semester
BAC 201: Principles of Management (3)
BAC 242: Principles of Managerial Accounting (3)
ART 111: Survey of Western Art (3) or other Fine and Performing Arts course
PRF 201: Beyond College (1)
BAC 262: Personal Financial Stewardship (3) 
ENG 112: Introduction to Literature (3) or other Literature courses


Year Three

Fall Semester
BAC 300: Principles of Finance (3)
BAC 304: Human Resource Management (3)
BAC 332: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3)
BIO 125: Population, Resources, and Environment (3) or other Stewardship courses
CIS 164: Advanced Excel (1)
PHL 115: Introduction to Ethics (3) or other History, Philosophy, Politics courses 

Spring Semester
BAC 334: Effective Communication in Business (3)
BAC 321: Recruitment and Selection (3)
BAC 252: Enactus (1)
SPAN 111: Elementary Spanish I (3) or other Intercultural Engagement courses 
BAC 324: Leadership and Motivation (3)
BAC Elective (3) 


Year Four

Fall Semester
BAC 322: Compensation and Performance Management (3)
BAC 420: Organizational Behavior (3)
BAC 485: Internship in Business (3)
BAC 252: Enactus (1)
BAC Elective (3) 

Spring Semester
BAC 323: Training and Development (3)
BAC 424: Labor Relations (3)
BAC 475: Administrative Policy (3)
BAC 421: Business Law (3)
BAC Elective (3)

 

Ricardo Cunningham
Ricardo Cunningham
Director of Master in Management/Domestic and International MBA Programs
Department Head, Business & Accounting

DBA, Anderson University
MBA, Indiana Wesleyan University
BA, Anderson University

Office Phone: 563.589.3728
Email: rcunning@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 111 Charles & Romona Myers Center
Fax: 563.589.3322
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Ricardo serves as the Department Head of the Business and Accounting Department and teaches courses in management. He brings over ten years of practical business experience with the majority in the realm of real estate finance; and has most recently worked for the United States Air Force as a technical trainer. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Anderson University, an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, and his BA from Anderson University. His research areas include organizational culture and human resources.


David Birkett
David Birkett
Assistant Professor of Business and Accounting

MBA, Xavier University, Industrial Relations
BA, Xavier University, French

Office Phone: 563.589.3241
Email: dbirkett@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 110 Charles and Romona Myers Center
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David went to Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio where he received his BA in French and MBA in Industrial Relations. David worked for the Bemis Company for 30 years as a Plant Manager for six different packaging, converting and graphics plants before being promoted to President of MacKay Inc., a wholly owned division of Bemis in 2002.  At the University of Dubuque, David is involved with the Enactus program (formerly Students in Free Enterprise.)


Carolyn Bonifas Kelly
Carolyn Bonifas Kelly
Adjunct Professor

MA - Public Communications, American University
BA - Political Science/Communication Studies, University of Iowa



Email: CBonifas@dbq.edu 

Sam Deaver
Sam Deaver
Adjunct Instructor

MBA, University of Dubuque
BS, Peru State College



Office Phone: 563.589.3709
Email: sdeaver@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 121 Charles & Romona Myers Center

Dennis George
Dennis George
Associate Professor of Accounting
Director of Summer School Program

MBA, University of Dubuque; Business Administration
BA, Loras College; Accounting

Office Phone: 563.589.3192
Email: dgeorge@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 108 Charles & Romona Myers Center
Fax: 563.589.3322
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Dennis teaches courses in accounting and finance. He has 20 years of applied industry experiences in various financial and management positions including CFO of a publicly traded technology company. Dennis has special interest in leveraging his vast financial and technological experience by incorporating technology into the class room.  He earned his MBA at the University of Dubuque and BA in accounting from Loras College.


Molly Hein
Molly Hein
Assistant Professor of Business

Ed.D, University of Phoenix
MS, Western Illinois University
BA, Loras College



Office Phone: 563.589.3709
Email: MHein@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 121 Charles & Romona Myers Center

Jacqueline R. Jaeger
Jacqueline R. Jaeger
Adjunct Business Faculty

MBA, St. Ambrose University
BA, Loras College



Email: JJaeger@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Charles & Romona Myers Center
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Jackie teaches business topics. She has 30 years of professional career experience in the financial services industry, where she learned marketing, management, and was investments-qualified. She earned the Certified Financial Planner designation in 2000 and remains in good standing.


Alan Jirkovsky
Alan Jirkovsky
Adjunct Business Faculty

MBA, University of Illinois
BS, University of Illinois

Office Phone: 563.589.3300
Email: ajirkovsky@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 114 Charles & Romona Myers Center
Fax: 563.589.3184

Craig Marty
Craig Marty
Associate Professor of Business

MBA, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Office Phone: 563.589.3250
Email: cmarty@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 119 Charles & Romona Myers Center
Fax: 563.589.3322
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Craig teaches courses in marketing and marketing communication.  Prior to coming to the University of Dubuque in 2007, Craig had twenty-plus years of experience in various marketing and sales management positions for a Fortune 100 company.  He earned his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a triple major in political science, history and geography.


Linda McKeag
Linda McKeag
Assistant Professor of Accounting

CPA, State of Minnesota
MBA, St. Thomas University
BS, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Office Phone: 563.589.3256
Email: lmckeag@dbq.edu 
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Linda McKeag teaches courses in accounting.  She earned her MBA from the University of St. Thomas & her BS in Accounting  from the University of Wisconsin -  LaC rosse. She has taught various accounting courses at St. Norbert College, Lakeland College, Concordia College, Augsburg College, the University of St. Thomas, & Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis.  She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has held positions in Internal Audit & Financial Accounting in both the retail & banking industries and as  a Financial Analyst in the banking industry.


Jean Nachtman
Jean Nachtman
Adjunct Business Faculty

MBA, CPA, CPFO

Email: jnachtman@dbq.edu 

Erica Scheidecker
Erica Scheidecker
Assistant Professor of Business and Accounting

CPA, State of Iowa & Illinois
MAS, Northern Illinois University
BS, Iowa State University

Office Phone: 563.589.3729
Email: escheidecker@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 107 Charles & Romona Myers Center
Fax: 563.589.3184
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Erica teaches courses in accounting. She earned her Masters of Accounting Science (M.A.S.) from Northern Illinois and a B.S. in psychology from Iowa State. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has extensive work experience in public accounting focused primarily on income tax.


Rafic Sinno
Rafic Sinno
Assistant Professor of Business

MBA, University of Dubuque, Business Administration
BA, Clarke University, Communications

Office Phone: 563.589.3193
Email: rsinno@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 106 Charles & Romona Myers Center
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Rafic is an experienced entrepreneur, author, teacher, motivational speaker, consultant and marketing professional.  Rafic established Sinno Communication, a family based business serving the Tri-State region with visual communication products and services.  As a teacher, Sinno teaches a variety of courses at the intersection of business and communication.  His passion for integrated marketing communication has led him to develop courses in web content and design, social media marketing, and web search and promotion.  He earned his MBA at the University of Dubuque and BA in communications from Clarke University.


James Sullivan
James Sullivan
Adjunct Business Faculty

MAC,University of Dubuque
BS, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3300
Email: jsulliva@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 121 Charles & Romona Myers Center
Fax: 563.589.3322

Careers in Human Resource Management

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Monster.com careers in human resource management are expected to grow between 8%-13% from 2012-2022 with the national average for non-entry level salaries ranging from $55,000 to $99,000.

BBA Opportunities

The human resource management degree provides an extensive range of career possibilities and is the key that unlocks the door to these various job opportunities. College graduates with business administration degrees can seek employment in the business world; local, state, and federal government; medicine and healthcare; education; construction; and a number of other industries. Alternatively, graduates can start their own companies. According to recent data from Salary.com and the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, business administration jobs typically pay between $41,000 and $117,000 a year. Entry level salaries often start much lower, around $30,000. Career income levels depend on the particular degree, job position, job responsibilities, past work experience, career industry, and other factors.

Post-graduate Opportunities

Top-level management positions typically require postgraduate education, usually a master’s degree. The master of business administration (MBA) degree attracts people from many other academic disciplines. MBA programs introduce graduates to accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, operations management, and other areas beyond the levels of bachelor’s degree. In addition to an MBA, high-level management jobs usually require additional industry credentials as well.

Information courtesy of businessadministrationdegree.net

Successful Outcomes

The University of Dubuque Human Resource Management major provides 21st century skills, knowledge, and understanding of human resource and management functions that prepare students to work in business administration, human resources, and management in the for-profit, nonprofit, or public sector.