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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Human Resource Management


What's the most effective way to motivate people? How do you balance governmental regulations with corporate policies? If those questions interest you, this online program will give you the answers. (An on-campus option may also be available; contact a student advisor for details.) You'll deal with issues ranging from operations management to labor relations while learning how to develop a safe and successful workplace. Once you earn your degree, you'll be ready to take on a variety of positions in the Human Resource (HR) field.

Human Resource professionals must respond to the challenges of federal, state, and local regulations. In addition, Human Resource professionals must be adept at dealing with behavioral dynamics in the workplace. Designed according to the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) Body of Knowledge recommendations for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification, West's Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management can prepare HR professionals to deal with organizational issues, employment practices, compensation and benefits, labor relations, and health, safety, and security programs.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply the principles of learning and cognition to human motivation.
  2. Apply concepts of learning and memory to social and workplace situations to enhance employee motivation and achievement.
  3. Effectively manage workplace operations of inventory management, project scheduling, quality assurance, and production.
  4. Assure customer satisfaction through delivering high-quality products and service.
  5. Design and implement a comprehensive corporate training and development plan consistent with corporate vision, structure, staffing, and employment practices.
  6. Analyze corporate personnel practices and recommend appropriate enhancements to increase motivation and productivity.
  7. Analyze health and safety issues in the workplace and develop a plan for assuring and maintaining a hazard-free work environment.
  8. Employ effective management practices consistent with federal and state requirements for employee rights/protections, compensation, benefits, and labor relations.
  9. Develop effective negotiations, mediation, and collective bargaining skills consistent with commonly accepted practices in employee relations and fair treatment.


Required Coursework

  • BEH 311 Social Psychology
  • BEH 407 Motivation and Achievement
  • HRM 420 Health and Safety in the Workplace*
  • HRM 460 Labor/Management Relations*
  • MGT 445 Corporate Training and Development*
  • COM 423 Group Dynamics: Teambuilding, Negotiation, and Conflict Management
  • HRM 430 Employment Law*
  • HRM 410 Staffing and Employment Practices*
Two Upper Division Elective Courses:
  • MKT 434 Consumer Communication and Sales Management
  • MGT 461 Project Management
Required Course:
  • CAP 485 Integrated Capstone*
*Indicates courses requiring a prerequisite.