Human Resource Management, BS

  • Overview

    Human Resources is a vital component of every business, non-profit, and institution. Today, more leaders across the globe are placing additional emphasis and value on the critical importance strategic Human Resources can have on a company’s success.  

    As a Human Resources (HRM) major at William Peace University, you will build the skills to select talent, assess prospects’ human capital potential, develop and reward employees, and address employee conflicts with the end goal of unlocking the collective human potential in the organizations where you work. 

    Empathetic students who enjoy working collaboratively, developing strategy,  and are highly organized are especially good in human resources roles. Our Human Resources degree program delves into a variety of topics including:

    • Talent Acquisition
    • Employee Engagement and Retention
    • Employee Benefits, Compensation, and Rewards
    • Learning, Training, and Development
    • Performance Management
    • Workforce Planning
    • Leadership Development
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    • Total Rewards
    • Employment Law and Labor Relations
    • Strategic HR Planning

    Contact William Peace University staff today to find out more about our HR Management degree program, financial aid opportunities, transfer credits, and more.


    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 Curriculum 49 credit hours
    Human Resource Management Major Courses 54-55 credit hours
    General Electives 17-18 credit hours
    Total credit hours for the B.S. in Human Resource Management 120 credit hours


    Core Courses  54-55 credit hours
    BSA 160: Global Business Environment 3
    BSA 211: Microeconomics 3
    BSA 212: Macroeconomics 3
    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 Accounting 3
    BSA 222: Managerial Accounting 3
    MKT 230: Marketing 3
    BSA 240: Management and Organizational Behavior 3
    BSA 250: Human Resource Management 3
    BSA 270: Business Law 3
    BAN 320: Decision Science 3
    BSA 325: Corporate Finance 3
    BSA 354: Performance Management 3
    BSA 347: Total Compensation and Rewards* 3
    BSA 348: Employment and Labor Law* 3
    BSA 358: Leading Diverse Organizations 3
    BSA 359: Learning, Training and Facilitation 3
    BSA 499: Business Policy (Strategic HR Project) 3

    *While the majority of the coursework for WPU’s HRM degree is taught by WPU faculty, note that there will be some online learning 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
    ​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 with a Human Resource Management Degree

    Students who graduate from WPU’s Human Resource Management program will be prepared for real-world careers as HR managers, human resources generalists and specialists in compensation and benefits, recruitment and staffing, training and development, diversity and inclusion, labor relations, employee relations and more. They will work in every industry and sector, including business, education, government, the military, arts and entertainment, and nonprofits. Graduates will also be prepared for further coursework in a master’s degree or for certification with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), should they choose to take the exam.

    Ranked 35th out of 800 occupations based on the employment projection and job growth data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and scored by The Wall Street Journal, a professional in Human Resources will enjoy working in 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 with a bachelor’s degree.

    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.

    Early in their careers, human resources specialists earned a median salary of $67,760. In 2019, there were 630,040 jobs for this specialization. Training and development specialists earned a median income of $67,760 in 2019 across 327,900 jobs nationwide, and compensation and benefits specialists’ median salary in 2019 was $64,560 with 94,400 jobs available. (BLS, Occupational Outlook Handbook)

    Types of companies that hire Human Resource professionals:
    • Companies and Enterprises
    • Local Government
    • Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations
    • Information Systems (IT) Companies
    • Employment Services
    • Computer System Design
    • Hospitality and Tourism
    • Higher Education Institutions
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