Human Resources is a vital component of every business. Today, more leaders across the globe are placing additional emphasis and value on the critical importance of strategic Human Resources on a company’s success.
As a Human Resources (HR) major at William Peace University, you will build the skills to select talent, develop and reward employees, and address employee conflicts with the end goal of unlocking the collective human potential in the organizations where you work. This degree option is available Fall 2021.
Empathetic students who enjoy working collaboratively, developing strategy, and are highly organized are especially good in human resources roles. This degree program delves into a variety of topics including:
- Talent Acquisition
- Employee Engagement and Retention
- Compensation and Rewards
- Learning, Training, and Development
- Performance Management
- Leadership Development
- Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
- Total Rewards
- Employment Law and Labor Relations
- Strategic HR Planning
The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.
Bachelor of Human Resource Management BS
*While the majority of the coursework is taught by WPU faculty, note that a small number of courses will be taught online through our consortium partner, LCMC. LCMC offers a convenient way for students to gain access to specialized courses not taught at their home institution, helping them stay on track to graduate.
A Promising Outlook for Career Growth and Salary for HR Professionals
Human Resources graduates from WPU will be prepared for careers as human resources generalists and specialists in compensation and benefits, recruitment, training & development, diversity and inclusion, labor relations, and more, and they will work in every industry and sector, including business, education, government, the military, arts and entertainment, and nonprofits.
Ranked 35th out of 800 occupations based on the employment projection data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and scored by The Wall Street Journal, Human Resources is one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States. Job opportunities for human resource managers is projected to grow 7 percent by 2028, faster than the average for all occupations (5.2 percent). This translates into about 14,400 projected new job openings annually for HR professionals.
The median national annual salary for a human resources manager in 2019 was $116,720 with 165,200 jobs, and a training and development manager’s average salary as of 2019 was $113,350 with 42,300 jobs. Additionally, the top 10% of human resources management professionals earn $201,380.
Earlier in their careers, human resources specialists earned a median salary of $67,760 with 630,040 jobs in 2019, training and development specialists’ earned a median of $67,760 in 2019 with 327,900 jobs, and compensation and benefits specialists’ median salary in 2019 was $64,560 with 94,400 jobs. (BLS, Occupational Outlook Handbook)
The types of companies that hire Human Resource professionals:
- Companies and Enterprises
- Local Government
- Employment Services
- Computer System. Design
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Higher Education Institutions