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B.S. 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 45 credit hours of coursework covering business fundamentals, marketing principles, employment law, compensation systems, strategic human resources, and more. You’ll also graduate with certificates in data analysis, digital marketing and e-commerce, and conflict resolution.

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.

Business Core Courses

This course aims to help students unpack the importance of diversity in the modern workplace, and how to leverage the diverse experiences, cultures, and perspectives of their employees as leaders. The course will encourage students to continuously incorporate diversity into their leadership roles and use it to enhance organizational effectiveness.

This course is designed to learn the highly sought-after skill of project management. The course will focus on key skills such as managing time and human resources, as well as working within budget constraints. Students will learn how to initiate, execute, plan, and close a project. By the end of this class, students will have a strong foundation in the principles of project management and be well-equipped to handle projects in their professional careers.

This course will provide key leadership development skills, including how to effectively resolve conflicts among employees, providing a needed competitive edge. The tools and knowledge needed to excel in leadership roles will be integrated to mimic current situations within various settings. Having a strong foundation in the principles of leadership will prepare students to lead in a variety of settings.

Student’s will also earn a Conflict Management Certification upon completion of BUS240.

This course enhances students’ business communication skills through the creation of a podcast. A key focus will be on how to effectively use words and images to create impactful and meaningful communications. The course will also cover the core pillars of social media marketing, including strategy, planning, and publishing, listening and engagement, analytics and reporting, and advertising.

This course will develop students’ abilities in modern marketing techniques and technologies. The Google Digital Marketing & E-Commerce Certification is a required aspect that is integrated within the course. The certificate of completion will be a testament to the knowledge and skills of current marketing practices.

Student’s earn a Google Digital Marketing & E-Commerce Certificate upon completion of BUS270.

This course focuses on the fundamental behaviors of individuals to better manage organizations. The course will cover topics such as individual behavior, communication, group dynamics, and inter-group behavior, and how these factors impact diversity, ethics, and technology in organizational behavior. Students will have the chance to apply what they learn to real-world scenarios.

This course is designed to develop skills in basic financial accounting practices and the ability to create accounting reports. Students will learn how to use financial information to make data-informed decisions for the future strategy of an organization. The course will cover topics such as the accounting cycle, interpreting financial statements, analyzing accounting principles, and using historical data from prior year accounting reports to create projections for growth strategy and budgeting.

This course utilizes the use of financial statements and how to use data to manage risk in areas such as investing, borrowing, lending, budgeting, forecasting, and cash management. The course will cover topics such as the frameworks of financial reporting, analyzing financial performance using real-life examples, examining income statements and cash reporting to project risk, and using digital tools to support successful business decision-making, communication, operations, and customer relations. Students will also learn how to critique financial strategy and generate innovative and organizational change strategies using multiple approaches.

Deriving insights from data and communicating findings has become an increasingly important part of virtually every profession. This Specialization prepares you for this data-driven transformation by teaching you the core principles of data analysis and visualization and by giving you the tools and hands-on practice to communicate the results of your data discoveries effectively. You will be introduced to the modern data ecosystem. You will learn the skills required to successfully start data analysis tasks by becoming familiar with spreadsheets like Excel. You will examine different data sets, load them into the spreadsheet, and employ techniques like summarization, sorting, filtering, & creating pivot tables. Creating stunning visualizations is a critical part of communicating your data analysis results. You will use Excel spreadsheets to create the many different types of data visualizations such as line plots, bar charts, pie charts. You will also create advanced visualizations such as tree maps, scatter charts & map charts. You will then build interactive dashboards.

Student’s will also earn a Data Analysis and Visualization Foundations Specialization Certificate upon completion of BUS370.

This course provides students with the ability to make informed decisions that balance ethical business practices and social responsibility with the legal implication of decisions. Students will be able to apply principles of law to contractual agreements, comparing principles of law with social responsibility and ethical values, examine administrative and common law regulations of business, and analyze ethical issues that confront business practitioners from divergent viewpoints.

Human Resource Management Core Courses

This course provides students with an overview of employment law and its implications for human resource management. Students will explore key legislation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), labor laws, Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act). Students will gain a solid understanding of their rights and responsibilities as HR professionals in ensuring legal compliance and promoting fair and inclusive workplaces.

This course focuses on the fundamental concepts and practices necessary to design, deliver, and evaluate effective training programs. Students will explore topics such as conducting training, evaluating training outcomes, calculating training return on investment (ROI), linking performance and career development needs to training, and understanding the role of training and learning management systems as a competitive advantage.

This course will equip students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to effectively manage compensation and benefits programs, make informed decisions, and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements in an evolving business environment. Students will explore key concepts, principles, and strategies related to compensation management, including base pay systems, compliance and regulatory issues, compensation philosophy, pay increases, incentives, internal equity, market-based strategies, and salary survey analysis.

This course explores the critical role of employee relations and staffing management in creating a positive work environment and ensuring legal compliance within organizations. Students will delve into topics such as career development as a retention tool, employment laws governing employment relationships, managing a multigenerational workforce, resolving disputes and complaints, workplace privacy, HR’s role in staffing management, performance management, recruitment practices, selection methods, and compliance matters.

This course explores the dynamic field of strategic HR management, equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary to drive organizational success through effective people management and the use of a human resource information system. Students will examine various topics, including change management, competitive strategy, HR performance metrics, organizational development, trends in HR, managing workforce changes, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, rightsizing/downsizing, sustainability, and the environmental context of business. By exploring these key areas, students will gain a deep understanding of how HR practices contribute to organizational effectiveness and sustainability.

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