The Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management is designed for human resource professionals interested in understanding all of the functions within the field. The program will provide an overview of issues impacting the global workforce from a generalist and specialist perspective.  While in the program, students will explore strategies to motivate, compensate, recruit, appraise, and develop an organization's talent base. Collaboration and case studies will support the importance of the human resource function to the strategic direction and effectiveness of an organization. 

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Examine various laws, rules, regulation, and policies affecting human capital in today’s global workforce.
  • Compare and contrast compensation packages and incentives used to recruit and retain employees in a diverse and inclusive organization.
  • Describe leading trends and issues in the field of human resource management.
  • Summarize the role of the human resource department toward the strategic direction of the organization.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required24
Select one of the following concentrations:15
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements48
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Survey of Photography
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop®
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Literature of the Newly Globalized World: The Individual’s Struggle to Adapt
Music Appreciation
Jazz and Rock
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to the Study of Religion
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Thinking and Acting Ethically
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 1 course from the following:3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology
World Archaeology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Introduction to Political Science
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Death and Dying
Race & Religion
Hope and Resilience
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Proficiency in Writing
Argumentation and Rhetoric
Introduction to Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Effective Business Communication
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
The History and Context of STEM
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
MATH120Introduction to Statistics3
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to STEM Disciplines
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (24 semester hours)

HRMT200Human Resource Fundamentals3
HRMT201Employee Training and Development3
HRMT202Interviewing Fundamentals3
HRMT407Human Resource Management3
HRMT427International Human Resource Management3
HRMT419Recruitment and Staffing3
MGMT315Management Communications3
MGMT314Management Ethics3
Total Semester Hours24

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from a General Concentration or Concentration in Employment Law.

General Concentration (15 semester hours)

The general concentration delves into behavior in organizations, training and development, compensation, performance management, and technology to support the human resource management function. Students will compare compensation packages and reward systems and differentiate between various performance management methods.


Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of total rewards in relation to employee compensation and benefits. 
  • Describe how human resource development is linked to the overall goals and strategies of an organization.
  • Develop an understanding of basic systems and the criteria for success in using HR software in organizations.
  • Compare and contrast successful and unsuccessful performance management systems.
  • Prepare a strategy to motivate a diverse group of employees.

Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

HRMT412Compensation and Benefits3
HRMT415Human Resource Management Information Systems3
Select 3 courses from the following:9
Organizational Behavior
Foundations of Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Human Resource Development
Performance Management
Managing Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
Total Semester Hours15

Concentration in Employment Law (15 semester hours)

The employment law concentration allows for deeper discovery of employee compensation and benefits. Students will also learn about dispute resolution, negotiation, employment law, and labor relations.


Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Identify government regulations for compensation and benefits.
  • Contrast mediation to adversarial dispute resolution models like arbitration and trial.
  • Discuss several significant ethical issues involved in negotiation.
  • Assess the impact of employment law/human relations in organizations.  
  • Examine sources of power considered during negotiation.

Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

HRMT412Compensation and Benefits3
HRMT411Dispute Resolution3
HRMT413Employment and Labor Relations3
HRMT300Negotiation I3
HRMT301Negotiation II3
Total Semester Hours15

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

MGMT496Capstone: Portfolio 13
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (48 semester hours)

Select any courses not already taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.48
Total Semester Hours48