Human Resource Management, BS

  • Overview

    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


    Are you ready to launch your career in Human Resources and embark on the learning and exploration of a business role that is responsible for all things worker-related? Degree option available Fall 2021.
  • Courses

    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

    Liberal Education Curriculum49 credit hours
    Human Resource Management Major Courses54-55 credit hours
    General Electives17-18 credit hours
    Total credit hours for the B.S. in Human Resource Management120 credit hours


    Core Courses 54-55 credit hours
    BSA 160: Global Business Environment3
    BSA 211: Microeconomics3
    BSA 212: Macroeconomics3
    MAT 202: Finite Math or MAT 241: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I, or PSY 300: Research Methods and Lab (choose 1)3 – 4
    BSA 221: Financial Accounting3
    BSA 222: Managerial Accounting3
    MKT 230: Marketing3
    BSA 240: Management and Organizational Behavior3
    BSA 250: Human Resource Management3
    BSA 270: Business Law3
    BAN 320: Decision Science3
    BSA 325: Corporate Finance3
    BSA 354: Performance Management3
    BSA 355: Total Compensation and Rewards*3
    BSA 356: Employment and Labor Law*3
    BSA 358: Leading Diverse Organizations3
    BSA 359: Learning, Training and Facilitation3
    BSA 499: Business Policy (Strategic HR Project)3

    *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.

  • Faculty
    Headshot of WPU faculty member, Anthony Biasello
    Assistant Professor of Business
    Heidi Gailor Loflin, WPU professor.
    ​Associate Professor of Business Administration
    Carolyn Nye, WPU professor.
    Program Director of Business and Associate Professor of Business and Analytics
  • Careers

    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
    • Hospitals
    • Employment Services
    • Computer System. Design
    • Hospitality and Tourism
    • Higher Education Institutions
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