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Understanding Human Resources and Business - Earn a specialized Business Administration degree

With the right Business Administration Bachelor’s degree, you could prepare for a professional career applying business principles to HR management. You’ll learn about recruitment, retention, talent mapping, training and developing employees, benefits and compensation policies, employment law, organizational development, and conflict resolution strategies.

Your Business Administration program builds a strong foundation in essential business functions, such as accounting, sales, finance, and marketing. You could seek entry- to mid-level employment in a variety of positions, such as office manager, account manager, small business developer, human resources assistant, or sales manager.

POTENTIAL CAREERS

With a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Human Resources emphasis, you could seek employment in a wide range of occupations, such as:

  • Human resources generalist
  • Benefits specialist
  • Staffing and recruiting
  • Human capital development and training
  • Business manager
  • Sales manager

LOCATION

Independence University is conveniently located in Ogden, Utah. You will enjoy easy parking, friendly local faculty and staff, and modern, comfortable buildings with smaller, personalized classes.

This program is offered at the following location:

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

IU's program for Business Administration with a Human Resources emphasis teaches essential knowledge and skills needed by employers,1 such as:

  • Business law
  • Human resources management
  • Staffing management
  • Conflict resolution in the workplace
  • Employment law
  • Training and development
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Accounting

Business Administration with a Human Resources emphasis

Help businesses hire and retain talent with a Human Resources emphasis to your Business Administration degree. Put people and business skills together to prepare for your future career.

program

Course Name Credits

ACC 201
Accounting for Non-Accountants

This course presents a background in accounting principles and practices necessary to operate a business. The double-entry accounting system will be introduced, and common transactions discussed. Students will prepare and analyze financial statements in decision-making and performance evaluation.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 499
Business Capstone

Students will prepare a formal proposal in one of the following areas: accounting, sales and marketing, operations management, human resource management, or banking and finance. Once the proposal is approved, the student will prepare an original paper of research and analysis utilizing appropriate APA format. The student will then present findings and conclusions to an approved audience. (Students may select an experiential learning opportunity with Dean approval of both a location and project.)

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 301
Business Communication

This course deepens the students? understanding of business and professional communication. Students will explore strategies for communication as a management tool, including rhetorical choices for diverse audiences. The student will practice developing effective oral and written messages.

Prerequisites: None.

APP 110
Business Computer Fundamentals

This course explores the introductory use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications. Students will learn computer skills, including document and spreadsheet creation and presentation techniques. Emphasis is on utilization of basic application skills to complete general business tasks.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 234
Business Law & Ethics

This course surveys the various legal issues that impact the business environment. The course will help students gain understanding into the American legal system. Students will be introduced to the concept of ethics in the workplace and social responsibility. The course will cover the impact of ethics in personal and professional situations along with ethical decision-making, workplace diversity, and politics.

Prerequisites: None.

HRM 450
Compensation & Benefit Administration

This course identifies a framework for implementing compensation and benefits systems to attract and retain a high performance workforce. The course focuses on the role of human resources in managing competitive rewards and pay plans. Specific topics include compensation administration, job evaluation and pay structures, base and incentive pay, increases and bonuses, executive compensation, and employee benefits plans including required, voluntary, and retirement plans. A review of various compensation influences such as laws and regulations is also covered.

Prerequisites: None.

HRM 460
Employee Recruitment & Retention

This course examines the fundamentals of successful recruitment, staffing, and retention. The course focuses on job analysis, behavioral interviewing, assessing candidates, background investigations, legislative compliance, equal employment opportunity and Affirmative Action requirements. The course presents economic conditions that impact staffing, short-term and long-term strategy and planning, internal and external recruiting, and career planning.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 215
Entrepreneurship, Motivation, Leadership, and Teams

This course is an introduction to business start-ups and competitive advantage in the business market. The student will be able to identify and evaluate new business ideas, identify capital sources for new entrepreneurial ventures, and elements of a business plan. Students will learn about resources for business plan development. The student will be introduced to basic leadership styles and employee motivation.

Prerequisites: None.

HRM 340
Human Resource Training & Development

This course provides students with an overview of the role of training and development in human resource management. The key elements covered include needs analysis, program design, development, administration, delivery and program evaluation. Other topics include adult learning theory, transfer of training, career planning, counseling, training techniques, and trends in training.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 445
Human Resources Standards, Strategy, and Management

The course outlines the functions of members in a human resources (HR) department. Students will review how HR impacts strategic management, recruiting, performance management, and ethical standards. Students will also examine various federal laws and regulations that impact an employee's job search, and discuss how organizations hire.

Prerequisites: None.

HRM 340
Human Resources Training & Development

This course provides students with an overview of the role of training and development in human resource management. The key elements covered include needs analysis, program design, development, administration, delivery and program evaluation. Other topics include adult learning theory, transfer of training, career planning, counseling, training techniques, and trends in training.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 455
International Business Management

This course addresses how legal issues, and financial and political environments can impact the global management. Students will review the challenges in conducting import and export activities, as well as how cultural differences may affect business relationships and strategies.

Prerequisites: None.

ACC 113
Introduction to Accounting & Workplace Relationships

This course will introduce the concepts of debit and credit and the principles of double-entry accounting. Students will analyze common business transactions, properly record them, and utilize this data to create basic financial statements. Students will explore the concepts of empowerment and accountability in the workplace and are introduced to various careers in the field.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 111
Introduction to Business & Job Search Skills

This course introduces students to essential areas and functions of business. Additional topics include networking and job search strategies.

Prerequisites: None.

HRM 211
Introduction to Human Resources Management

This course introduces the human resources management functions in organizations. Emphasis is placed on staffing; training and development; employee relations; employee retention; workplace health, safety and security; compensation and benefits; and job analysis.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 113
Management Principles & Professional Success

An introduction to the basic principles of management. Students are introduced to the importance of effective management within organizations. The course will cover professional success fundamentals.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 115
Marketing and Business Etiquette

This course introduces students to the activities necessary to attract, gain, and retain a target audience. The course will cover product, people, place, price, and promotion. Addresses professional appearance, quality work relationships, and personal skills in business etiquette.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 325
Operations Management & Problem Solving

This course emphasizes the best practices of operations management. Students will analyze the concepts, principles, and risks of operations management, both for manufacturing and service operations. Students will also explore core problem-solving techniques.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 440
Organizational Design, Evolution, and Change Management

This course focuses on developing strategies and structures that impact organizational design and change. Students will review the effective elements of an organization, and organizational design in small, mid-size, and large organizations. This course examines the design, development, culture, and change management of organizations.

Prerequisites: None.

ACC 114
Payroll Accounting & Human Resources and Policies

This course presents practical applications of payroll procedures and human resource policies. Topics include the methods of computing wages and salaries, computing withholdings, keeping records, and the preparation of various federal and state government reports. Students are introduced to the basic functions of the human resource department.

Prerequisites: None.

APP 111
Practical Business Spreadsheets

This course introduces students to the use of Excel as a business tool. The course will cover the use of Excel to sort and analyze basic research data. Students will be able to develop tables, graphs and charts, complete data analysis, and understand the importance and use of Excel in their career. Emphasis is on use of Excel to meet general business needs.

Prerequisites: None.

FIN 235
Principles of Business and Personal Finance

This course introduces students to the concepts of personal financial management. This course will cover personal financial management, money management, debt and income, use of credit, credit reporting, saving and investing, and basic identity theft prevention.

Prerequisites: None.

CSS 295
Professional Development

In this course, students apply the techniques and strategies learned within the Psychology of Motivation for more in-depth exploration of relevant employment resources, for the development of documents to submit in job application processes, including resumes, cover letters, reference letters, follow up correspondence, and other written communications. Through the course, students will enhance individual verbal communication and interview skills. Students will also learn how to prioritize job search activities, and to appropriately manage and organize relevant documents and records. Upon completion of this course, students will have completed a portfolio of resources and documents to support their current and future job searches and be more informed about the strategies and processes that can more effectively support such efforts.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 225
Project Management

In this course, students examine the aspects of project management. Emphasis will be placed on project management topics such as project management practices, planning, internal and external communication, monitoring, budgeting, scheduling, completion, and project management information systems.

Prerequisites: None.

CSS 105
Psychology of Motivation

This course introduces students to the skills, characteristics, and habits that will help them be successful in a college environment and future careers. Such a desire for goal-oriented behavior is commonly referred to as motivation, and such motivation can propel students toward accomplishing their academic and vocational goals. Couse topics include time management, problem solving, goal setting, career planning and preparation, and a range of additional student success strategies. Upon course completion, students will be more informed and better prepared to progress in their programs and in their efforts to advance their desired career goals (i.e., students will be more academically prepared in knowledge and practical training within an occupational area and also enhance their abilities to support their job searches and submitting application documents such as documents created using standard writing guideline formats).

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 355
Strategic & Operational Management Planning

This course addresses the principles of business planning. Topics including both strategic planning and long- and short-term operational planning. Students will explore differences in tactical and strategic planning and how the two complement each other. Students will develop elements of a strategic plan for a business.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 205
Supervision, Conflict, Negotiation, and Accountability

The course focuses on skills and competencies of effective supervision. It is designed to provide the framework and foundation of what it takes to be a first-line supervisor. This course reviews the importance of employee coaching, performance reviews, and organizational change management. This course introduces students to workplace conflict resolution. The course will cover negotiation strategies for managing workplace harassment and violence.

Prerequisites: None.

HRM 250
Workforce Management, Labor Issues, & Dispute Resolution

In this course, students are presented with institutional processes that maximize performance levels and competency for an organization. The course covers the activities needed to maintain a productive workforce, such as field service management, human resource management, performance and training management, data collection, recruiting, budgeting, forecasting, scheduling, and analytics. Students learn the principles of conflict resolution, and the techniques for productive conflict management

Prerequisites: None.

Total Credits
140

general education

Course Name Credits

CMN 315
Advanced Interpersonal Communication

This course is designed to provide students with the skills they need to be effective communicators. Students will apply interpersonal communication skills theory to various situations in order to understand the clear connections between theory, skills, and life situations they will encounter.

Prerequisites: None.

HIS 225
American History

This course covers American history from colonization to the present. Emphasis is on the relevance of cultural, economic, political, and social developments in the United States.

Prerequisites: None.

MAT 225
College Algebra

This course covers introductory algebraic expressions, formulas, and solving equations. Students learn graphing, numerical sets, exponents, radicals, and inequalities.

Prerequisites: None.

CMN 205
Communication and Public Speaking

This course focuses on the principles of effective public speaking and presentation. Focus is on the preparation, presentation, and critique of various forms of oral communication. Emphasis is placed on development, delivery, presentation aids, and persuasive speaking.

Prerequisites: None.

PHI 315
Critical Thinking

This course is designed as an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking in a modern world. This course will challenge students to learn how to reflect, identify previous assumptions, and be able to analyze and apply common problem-solving techniques associated with the task of thinking critically and challenging the everyday norms.

Prerequisites: None.

ENG 105
English Writing Fundamentals

This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.

Prerequisites: None.

ECN 225
Microeconomics

This course covers basic microeconomic concepts. Topics include recession and depression, the circular flow of production and consumption, the role of the market in the economy, wage and price movements, the functions of markets in capitalism, and government interference in free markets. Emphasis is placed on students acquiring the critical thinking skills of economics.

Prerequisites: None.

RAM 110
Research Application Methods

This course explores real world applications in statistics. Topics covered will be analyzing and creating graphs, survey techniques, preparing surveys and analysis of data. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the use of graphs, surveys and the importance of statistical analysis in a business setting.

Prerequisites: None.

STA 325
Statistics

This course focuses on the practical skills needed in statistics analysis. Topics include distributions, relationships, randomness, inference, proportions, regression, and variance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the use of statistical methods and the demands of statistical practice.

Prerequisites: MAT 225 or with the consent of the Dean.

Total Credits
45
Total Program Credits
185

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Why Choose Independence University?

IU's online and on-campus degree programs can help you prepare for employment in some of today's most rewarding job fields. Our programs are career-focused, without elective courses that you don't want or need, so you can finish your degree fast.

EARNING YOUR DEGREE ONLINE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH A HUMAN RESOURCES EMPHASIS? HERE'S WHAT TO EXPECT:

You’re busy and school can take up a lot of time. At Independence University, we design our degree programs to be flexible so they fit into your life. Our degree in Business Administration with a Human Resources emphasis could give you the skills you need to succeed in your future career.

Your Tools for Success

As a new business student, you’ll receive a laptop to use in school and keep once you graduate.

How Your Courses Are Structured

To give you more flexibility in your learning, your courses are set up in four-week modules. Each course has assignments, assessments, and one discussion boards that you’ll complete every week. You’ll also have daily checkpoints to help keep the information you learn fresh. For example, you may read a business article and answer a question based on it. Simple, right?

In your courses, you’ll study lots of topics and skills such as:

  • Business law
  • Human resources management
  • Conflict resolution in the workplace
  • Training and development
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Accounting

Some of the courses you’ll complete in your modules include Accounting for Non-Accountants, Workforce Management, Labor Issues & Dispute Resolution, Human Resource Training & Development, and others.

On to Your Business Administration Career and Human Resources: What You Can Expect

Our Career Services can help 2 you with finding a job; from interviewing tips, to resume building, to networking, you’ll have the support you need.

Once you have completed your program, you’re ready to move into a rewarding career in business administration with an emphasis in human resources. Your potential career could include:

  • Human resources generalist
  • Benefits specialist
  • Staffing and recruiting
  • Business manager

Your success matters to us, so we’ve designed our curriculum, courses, and format to encourage that success. We want to make earning your degree in Business Administration with a Human Resources emphasis an experience that changes your future for the better.