Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources

The purpose of the major in Human Resources is to prepare students for challenges in the workplace related to managing and developing people. This includes those interested in HR careers as well as those who desire to improve their ability to solve problems, improve processes and enhance the effectiveness of people in organizations.

In addition to developing competencies in key HR activities (staffing; training and development; performance management; compensation and benefits; legal compliance), the student will develop important skills in critical thinking, problem solving, technology and business communication.

 

Society for Human Resources Management

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources has been acknowledged by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for its full alignment with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum human resources content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Student Eligibility

Students who are enrolled in their final year of an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college or university that has been approved by SHRM’s Academic Initiatives staff as being aligned to SHRM’s curriculum guidelines are eligible to sit for the SHRM-CP exam. Students must also have accumulated at least 500 hours of an internship or practical HR experience and must be in good standing with their school. View a current listing of approved schools at shrm.org/academics/programdirectory. The SPS Office of Professional and Continuing Education has also been SHRM certified to offer the SHRM Essentials course and the SHRM Exam Prep course.

Degree Requirements

Business Curriculum (6 hours)

  • ORGD 3340 Organizational Development
  • ORGD 4350 Leadership in Organizations

Human Resources Curriculum (12 hours from the following)

  • HRES 3330 Human Resources and the Law
  • HRES 3350 Staffing HRES 3360 Training and Development
  • HRES 3370 Compensation and Benefits
  • HRES 3380 Performance Management

Core Curriculum (46 hours)

Completion of 46 semester hours of UIW Core Curriculum.

Business Curriculum (21 hours)

  • ACC 2311 Financial Accounting
  • BIS 2325 Business Information Processing
  • MGT 3340 Concepts and Functions of Management
  • MGT 3354 Theories and Concepts of Personnel Management
  • MGT 4355 Organizational Behavior
  • MSC 3370 Statistical Analysis of Business
  • MSC 3371 Models of Management Science

Major Curriculum (24 hours)

  • HRES 3330 Human Resources and Law
  • HRES 3350 Staffing
  • HRES 3360 Training and Development
  • HRES 3370 Compensation and Benefits
  • HRES 3380 Performance Management
  • HRES 4380 Capstone in Human Resources
  • ORGD 3340 Organizational Development
  • ORGD 4350 Leadership in Organizations

Electives

Hours as needed to meet the 120 total credits hours to be eligible for graduation.