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B.A. in Human Resource Management: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

120 Total Credits Required

To receive a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, St. Paul, all undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements. The online bachelor’s degree in human resource management also requires 40 credit hours of coursework covering business fundamentals, marketing principles, employment law, compensation systems, strategic human resources, and more.

The program core can be completed in five semesters, although your transfer credits and general education coursework will vary the time it takes you to finish.

Required Courses

Learn what it means to be an entrepreneur while exploring foundational concepts in management, marketing, economics, and finance/accounting. Create a full business plan for a small business in class, making daily decisions about the business in a dynamic environment.

This course examines the administrative and common law regulation of business. Constitutional Law, Title VII and product liability are covered. Students also examine contract law and the Uniform Commercial Code provisions on sales and secured transactions.

Explore the fundamental concepts of accounting and finance within an organizational context, including terminology, financial statements, ratio analysis, budgeting, time value of money, along with ethical and global considerations. Apply standard financial and accounting tools to make business assessments and financial decisions important for managers in any organization.

Develop skills for effective integrated marketing and business strategy to create innovate and sustained competitive advantage in the digital economy. Learn to ethically apply these insights for business growth to advance strategy. Students explore international marketing perspectives emphasizing future trends while examining the current market environment and marketing strategy elements.

Learn to analyze data and make predictions using tools like probability analysis, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, linear programming and tools for financial analysis. Structured and unstructured data will be examined through data mining, web mining, text mining and sentiment analysis.

Gain insight into the pivotal role human resources plays in helping organizations be successful. Learn the various functions of HR and their relationship to the role of manager. Explore the historical roots of HR in organization life and the application of the law to the present day workplace including wrongful discharge, harassment, interviewing, selection, compensation, and benefits.

Study recruitment, forecasting, selection, onboarding, and employee retention. Obtain knowledge on contemporary approaches to internal and external recruiting. Understand job analysis within the context of selection and further be able to identify several selection approaches. Understand the employer’s legal responsibilities in the employee selection process. Articulate the positive performance implications related to successful candidate onboarding. (Prerequisites: Minimum Grade of C- in HRM 382)

Study the fundamentals of employee compensations and employee benefits. Examine all aspects of compensation program design and administration; from initial strategy-setting to addressing internal equity/external competitiveness to pay communication. In addition, examine the basic elements of employee benefits. Design compensation approaches that support organization’s strategy and objectives and are competitive in the marketplace. Future challenges and trends will also be covered. (Prerequisites: Minimum Grade of C- in HRM 382)

Study the fundamentals, theories, and practice of organization development (OD). Learn diagnosis, design, development, and evaluation of OD initiatives. Explore the differences between Human Resource Development and Organization Development, specifically as they pertain to learning and change, and apply them to real life examples. Examine what drives change, how organizations transition through change, and how organizations manage resistance to change. Explore how technology has expanded learning opportunities, the potential it represents for organizational improvement, and how it impacts OD. (Prerequisites: Minimum Grade of C- in HRM 382)

Examine how HR professionals work as strategic partners within organizations. Explore the differences between the administrative Human Resource professional from the strategic Human Resource professional. Identify skills and competencies needed to perform at the strategic level. Recognize the strategic challenges related to the business and HR specifically. Learn the importance of partnering with business leaders across the organization to improve organization effectiveness. (Prerequisites: Minimum Grade of C- in HRM 382)

Learn to solve complex human resources (HR) issues through research, solution identification, and HR plan development and presentation. Select and study an HRM-related issue or opportunity for a real organization. Conduct primary and secondary research. Design a specific solution to the problem and make specific recommendations based on data collection. Write and present an extended report including an implementation plan with costs, barriers, and stakeholders needed to support the plan. Students must hold senior standing and have successfully completed all other program course requirements before registering for this course. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in HRM 400, HRM 405, HRM 410, and HRM 470)

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