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HRD – Celebrating 10 Years at University Center!

Updated: Oct 24, 2023

Northeastern Illinois University’s Human Resource Development (HRD) Bachelor Completion Program (Bachelor of Arts) is celebrating its 10th year at University Center!

About The Program

This program prepares students to be professionals responsible for the training, education, and development of adults in settings such as business, industry, health care, social services, and government.

Students in the program will be provided opportunities to develop the knowledge and competencies necessary to meet the increasing need that organizations have of HRD professionals. Competencies identified by professional organizations have resulted in the development of specific objectives for the course work in the program.

Competencies That Students Will Gain:

  • Knowledge of different organizational settings and their most common change/performance issue

  • Knowledge of the training, educational, and development needs of organizations

  • Skills in task analysis, program planning, and program design for meeting organizational needs

  • Ability to use instructional methods and technology, appropriate for the learning needs of organizations

  • Knowledge of the variety of interventions available to accomplish change in organizations

  • Sensitivity to the psychological and cultural needs of diverse populations in accomplishing organizational change

Target Audience

Students with an AA or a minimum of 60 semester hours and are interested in careers in Learning Technologies, Workforce Development, Human Performance Improvement, and/or Instructional Design.

Delivery Mode

The delivery modes for the Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Development Program are blended and include synchronous remote learning (students are online with an instructor at the same time), hybrid (various percentages of in-person instruction at the University Center and online instruction), and online (asynchronous, fully online in which all requirements are completed without coming to campus).

NEIU Required Courses for the HRD Major (36 credit-hours)

HRD-300 Principles and Practices in Human Resource Development—3 credits

HRD-301 Adult Teaching/Learning Process—3 credits

HRD-310 Instructional Techniques and Technology—3 credits

HRD-315 Computer Utilization in Human Resource Development—3 credits

HRD-320 Dynamics of Working with Groups and Individuals—3 credits

HRD-321 Designing Instruction in Human Resource Development—3 credits

HRD-325 Communication and Human Resource Development—3 credits

HRD-328 Organizational Project Management--3 credits.

HRD-329 Internship and Seminar in Human Resource Development—6 credits

HRD Electives*—6 credits

*Each student, after consultation with the program coordinator and/or advisor, will select 6 additional credit hours. The selection of courses will be guided by the student’s career objectives and will focus on competencies relevant to them. Electives may include HRD courses or relevant courses from other departments. Electives can sometimes be found in a student’s transfer credits. Students with weaknesses in any area (such as communication skills) may be required to select electives with the goal of developing these skills.

Application Deadlines for Undergraduate Students

Fall Semester: August 1

Spring Semester: November 1

Full and First Half Summer: April 1

Second Half Summer: May 1


Click here to apply/view admission requirements


Dr. Shirley J. Caruso, Ed.D.

HRD Undergraduate Advisor

Phone: (773) 938-NEIU (6348)

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