Bachelor of Arts in Management: Human Resources
Human Resources professionals know that their company’s greatest assets walk out the door at the end of the work day. Learn how to develop employees, provide compensation and benefits, recruiting and hiring, and to help create company culture in our HR concentration. Great HR professionals have good ‘people’ skills as well as the analytic mind to complete performance planning. The Human Resources concentration of the Bachelor of Arts in Management teaches skills that can be used by executive recruiters, staffing coordinators, HR generalists and benefit administrators.
The Bachelor of Arts in Management (BAM) degree provides students the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree while continuing to work full time. The curriculum introduces students to the various functional areas of business organizations, including: finance and accounting, human resources, marketing and information systems. In addition, the curriculum facilitates the development of leadership skills and core competencies in critical thinking and problem solving, project management, communication, teamwork and ethics.
The program takes a scholar-practitioner approach to business education—providing students with the opportunity to both learn and apply business concepts. Through its online courses, students have the flexibility to continue working and “attend” a course anytime and anywhere it is convenient for them. Course materials are available 24/7, and since class participation is required, students have the opportunity to interact with and learn from faculty and one another. Students also have the option to take courses on campus. The program offers small class sizes to optimize engagement, interaction and traditional learning experiences.
In order to be considered for admission into the BAM Human Resources program, prospective students must:
- Submit an application for admission with a non-refundable application fee
- Complete an admissions interview with a University Admissions Advisor
- Submit documentation of high school graduation or equivalent
- Sign an enrollment agreement (must be signed by a parent or guardian if the applicant is under 18 years of age)
*Current undergraduate students must submit official transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities to apply for transfer credit. All foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a USU-approved agency.
All students in the Bachelor of Arts in Management program are required to complete common requirements in general education courses, management core courses (including a capstone course) and one of the following concentrations:
- General Management
- Human Resources
- Business Intelligence
- Business Analytics
10 semesters/40 months*
*Dependent on course load
*The following course list does not include general education courses required for the BAM degree program.
Bachelor of Arts in Management Total
This course provides students with a functional knowledge of basic accounting principles to facilitate their interpretation of financial statements and how to use them to understand an organization’s financial performance. Students will also be introduced to the methods for summarizing, analyzing and reporting financial data for business decision-making.
This course introduces undergraduate business students to information systems (IS). The course includes important topics related to IS, such as the drivers of IS, database concepts, IS development, and the types of systems used in organizations.
Data obtained within the organizational departments and across the enterprise must be stored and organized in a structured environment that enables reliable access, analysis, and reporting. Students will learn the fundamentals of modern database systems and be introduced to structured query language (SQL).
Cutting-edge organizations are at the forefront of data revolution and have realized the advantage of transforming raw data into meaningful and useful information. Such vast stores of data challenge the organization to identify what data are important and actionable, and to develop meaningful ways to display complex data. This course introduces students to the discipline of, and the use of tools for business intelligence.
This is the first in the BAM program, and it provides a solid business foundation for more detailed and higher-level study in subsequent courses. It includes an overview of business terminology, concepts, environments, systems, strategies, and current issues, and examines Topics include business ethics, entrepreneurship, global business, management, marketing, accounting and finance.
Topics include a basic math review, business statistics, profit calculations, payroll, banking, interest calculations, insurance, taxes, and mathematical calculations.
Industry has developed from paper-based, isolated practices to connected systems that acquire and store electronic data, which can be used to help manage organizations. In this course, students learn how to use specific, popular analytic tool(s) to organize, analyze, and display data.
This course provides students with the tools necessary to examine moral problems and make effective decisions on ethical issues faced in the workplace. Topics considered include discrimination, affirmative action, sexual harassment, informational privacy, drug testing, ethics in advertising, business and the environment, and global ethics. Emphasis will be placed on the study of the ethical values, principles, and theories pertinent to management. Students will also examine social responsibilities of managers in the workplace.
This course provides an overview of the U.S. legal system structure, basic terms and concepts of Business Law. Topics may include legal issues associated with ethical conduct in business, consumer protection, employment law, and social responsibility of corporations. Information literacy skills are honed as students learn to retrieve, read, and analyze business law cases.
Quality and process improvement is an essential strategy for modern organizations. Seeking systematic and continuous actions lead to measurable improvement of operations and customer satisfaction. In this course, students learn the characteristics of quality, the variables that affect quality, and how process improvement can include outcomes.
The purpose of this course is to introduce basic financial principles preparing students to interpret a company’s financial statements. Topics include analyzing the deployment of company funds, employee staffing, revenues, expenses, and cash flow. Emphasis is on understanding and gauging the financial health of an organization to assist in managerial decision-making and strategic planning to ensure its success.
This introductory course to human resource management examines the role and functions of both members and leaders within an organization. Exposure to areas critical to modern day leadership includes counseling, training and development, recruiting, retention, compensation, and diversity in the workplace. Role-playing and class discussion is encouraged to stimulate intellectual growth and human resource management awareness.
The purpose of this course is to develop student skills in applying theories and concepts of organizational behavior to enable the student to identify and resolve behavioral issues within global organizations. Topics include factors affecting individual and group motivation in the workplace, development of effective groups and teams, organizational cultures, ethical issues in organizational behavior, as well as organizational behavior issues in global organizations.
Enterprises attempt to fulfill their missions in a complex world of regulations, changing consumer demographics and expectations, and fierce worldwide completion for both customers and resources. Businesses must optimize their operations to meet the demand of a complex marketplace. In this course, students learn about the stages of business operations, opportunities for improving processes, and the tools and techniques that are available to analyze operations.
The course will address management issues from a global perspective. Special emphasis is placed on multinational corporations and managing areas, which include human resources, marketing, finance, and ethics. A special emphasis is placed on the role and effect of culture within the global business environment.
Today’s business organizations require accelerated change from technological, economic and compliance pressures, and demands for cost savings while improving outcomes. These projects demand careful planning and ongoing management. In this course, students learn the principles of project management, as well as using popular project management tools to create, track and manage projects.
This course focuses on management skills 21st century leaders need to be successful. Emphasis is on the difference between managing and leading. Topics include: leadership skills, diversity, communication, organizational culture and change management.
This course provides an overview of the mechanics and politics of organizational communications. Students will learn theories of organizational communication and have practice in applying these theories to business situations. The course will cover both external and internal communications, as well as leadership and cross-functional communications.
Organizational branding is a key strategy used by business to distinguish themselves from their competitors and create a perception in the minds of their consumers. This course serves as an overview of Marketing principles that orient the organization through understanding and communicating to the needs of its target consumers. Students will explore current marketing concepts and their application in modern business.
The course provides a culminating experience at the midpoint of the program. It provides students the opportunity to demonstrate their comprehension of the inner-workings of the business environment through research, ethical principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches.
In this course students design, develop, and complete a comprehensive capstone project that integrates all courses in the BAM program. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the ability to evaluate, assess, and synthesize the topics covered in the program.
**non-transferable, must be taken in last semester
This course examines how managers use large amounts of data to solve business problems. Students will be introduced to basic statistics and data analysis, and learn how to use data to make forecasts and support business decisions. As part of the course requirements, students will practice gathering, organizing, analyzing, data, and presenting their findings.
This is an introductory course that develops understanding of training and development from both the individual and organizational perspectives. Students will receive theory and practical knowledge regarding individual and employee training and development in the business environment.
In this course, students are exposed to the fundamentals and best practices of recruitment, selection, performance management, and employee relations. Also, students learn the dynamics of individual performance and its contributions to a successful organization.
This course examines the laws and regulations that directly influence human resource management functions and decisions. Students will address the foundations of the United States legal system, employment law, the challenges of operating in multiple countries (i.e., having different legal systems and customs), and the use of legal consultants to support the HR function.
The objective of this course is to develop knowledge of the philosophies, decisions, and mechanics behind structuring employee compensation and benefit policies and packages. Topics include: job structuring and evaluation, performance management/ assessment, and benefits.