Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)

About Human Resource Management

Gain the latest skills and knowledge to make a positive impact.

Learn the skills and strategies that are in demand by today's companies. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Human Resource Management  will provide you with the tools to respond effectively in a dynamic, ever-changing future.  In the bachelor's degree in business administration program, you will complete business core courses for a strong foundation, in addition to human resources-specific courses.

Learn practical applications of human resource management.   

In human resource management courses, students examine such areas as organizational behavior, labor relations and compensation management. Students learn about major management issues that arise in manpower planning, recruitment, selection, development, compensation and appraisal of employees in various organizations.

Seniors can choose to prepare for an exam leading to certification by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest professional society for human resources.

All of Cal U's business administration programs put significant emphasis on building quantitative, critical thinking and analytical skills.  Students graduate not only with a demonstrated competence in their subject area, but also with the ability to apply that knowledge. 

Business administration students are required to add a minor:

  • Some students choose a business discipline other than their concentration.
  • Other popular choices include psychology, communication studies, public relations, statistics, computer information systems, leadership, women's studies, Spanish and Arabic.
  • Students also choose to complete dual majors or dual degrees with international studies or math.

 The 21-credit minor in human resource management allows students in any discipline to enhance their "people skills" in order to become better managers or employees, and to better understand relationships in the workplace.

Cal U business graduates are well prepared for a wide range of career opportunities. Recent Cal U business graduates also have been accepted into graduate business programs at such distinguished institutions as the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University and the College of William and Mary, and into graduate economics programs at Youngstown State and Florida State.

Learn about ouraccelerated bachelor's-to-master's degree program.


Solid foundation: The 120-credit-hour bachelor's degree in business administration prepares students for many professional paths and careers in business and industry. All students complete a business core to understand the functional areas of business and business analytics. Cal U business students are equipped with skills in critical thinking, communication and teamwork.   

Prestigious credential: The University’s affiliation with the Society for Human Resource Management gives Cal U seniors in good academic standing an exceptional professional opportunity: They can join SHRM members and other HR professionals to prepare for the SHRM-CP certification exam, a respected credential within the human resource industry. Learn more about the 3-credit certification prep course

Add a minor: Students in any field of study can add a minor in human resource management. The 21-credit minor is especially relevant for business majors seeking deeper insight into workplace relationships, and for students in fields requiring superior "people skills," such as psychology, communications, public relations, parks and recreation management and sport management studies.

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Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in business administration, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits

Students in the bachelor's degree in business administration program learn relevant business knowledge, along with a strong base in the liberal arts, natural and behavioral sciences, and modern quantitative and information technology methods.  In addition to completing business core courses, your human resource management concentration will further enhance your skillset and expand professional career opportunities. Instruction in the program focuses on student engagement and active learning, keeping you involved and engaged with your instructors and classmates. All courses in the program consider the critical role of globalization and rapid technological advance in all aspects of the business environment.

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Graduate Outcomes

Employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 9% through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Cal U business graduates go on to various careers and professions, including accountant, banker, city manager, general manager, government agency administrator, hospital administrator, industrial relations manager, insurance agent, office manager, production manager, purchasing agent, sales manager, securities analyst and stock broker. Employers who hire Cal U business graduates include Aflac, Allegheny Steel, Bank of America, Clear Channel Media, Jackson Hewitt, T-Mobile, Tyco Electronics, U.S. Postal Service and Walmart.

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Expert Faculty

Our highly qualified business and economics faculty members have significant industry experience, as well as advanced degrees in their fields. They are dedicated to teaching Cal U students the skills necessary for success in business. Our professors have earned MBAs and doctorates from such top schools as American University, City University of New York, George Washington University, Northeastern University, University of Rhode Island and Wayne State University.

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Research Focus

Cal U's undergraduate business administration program emphasizes the value of doing research. Students can work one-on-one with individual faculty members, or as part of the discipline-specific research methods course. Students also have the opportunity to work with Cal U's  Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship. The Center is Cal U's one-stop shop for all things related to starting and maintaining a successful business. 

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Student Recognition

Student achievement in the business administration program is recognized in several ways. Qualified students can become members of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an honorary economics fraternity; Phi Beta Lambda - Future Business Leaders; Student Accounting Association;  Economics Club; Finance Club; American Marketing Association; and the Society for the Advancement of Management. Outstanding graduating seniors are recognized with awards for excellence.


B.S.B.A. Human Resources Management Courses


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ECO 201  Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
MAT 181  College Algebra 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses/Electives 6
Second Semester 15
BUS 281  Management Science I 3
ECO 202  Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENG 211  Business Writing I 3
PSY 100  General Psychology 3
General Education Course/Elective 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
ACC 200  Financial Accounting 3
BUS 242  Business Law I 3
CDC 101  Public Speaking 3
MAT 225  Business Statistics 3
General Education Course/Elective 3
Fourth Semester 15
ACC 321  Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 381  Management Science II 3
MGT 300  Principles of Management 3
MKT 300  Principles of Marketing 3
General Education Course/Elective 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
FIN 301  Financial Management 3
MIS 201  Management Info Systems 3
Concentration/Business Electives 6
General Education Course/Elective 3
Sixth Semester 15
Concentration/Business Electives 9
General Education Course/Electives 6
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
BUS 499  Integrated Strat. Capstone  3
Concentration/Business Electives 9
General Education Course/Elective 3
Eighth Semester 15
Concentration/Business Electives 9
General Education Course/Elective 6
Total 120

Program Requirements

Business Core Courses (30 credits)

  • ACC 200  Financial Accounting
  • ACC 321  Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 242  Business Law I
  • BUS 381  Management Science II
  • BUS 499  Integrated Strategic Capstone
  • ECO 201  Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 202  Principles of Macroeconomics
  • FIN 301  Financial Management
  • MGT 300  Principles of Management
  • MKT 300  Principles of Marketing

Required Major Courses (18 credits)

  • BUS 342  Business, Society and Government  OR  BUS 345  Business Ethics
  • HRM 300  Principles of Human Resource Management
  • HRM 310  Compensation Management
  • HRM 330  Labor Relations
  • MIS/HRM 322  Human Resource Information Systems
  • HRM 400  Human Resource Strat. and Plan. 

Related Electives (9 credits)

  • HRM 492  HRM Internship
  • ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT courses, 300-level or above not already required or included in the Business Core or Required Major Courses above

Required Minor/Certificate (12 credits*)

  • Students select one of the following minors or certificates: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Forensic Accounting, Management, Management Information Systems or Marketing or the Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Certificate in Spanish for Business. Students may select a different minor or certificate, with the approval of their adviser, in which case the 9 credits of Related Electives may be fulfilled with courses required for the minor.

* These minors are 21 credits; however, 9 of these credits are required in the “Business Core Courses” above. The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate requires 15 credits; however, 3 credits are included in the major courses above.

Note: All students must complete a special experience course, a laboratory course and two writing-intensive courses.

B.S., Business Administration Programs

  • Accounting
  • Arts Administration
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing


Business Administration Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Adam
Associate Professor; MBA Program Coordinator

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Dr. Ahmet Akgun
Associate Professor

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Dr. Vivian Coleen Barney
Adjunct Faculty

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Dr. Jacob Bethem
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Adnan Chawdhry
Associate Professor

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Dr. Joshua Chicarelli
Associate Professor

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Dr. Paul Hettler

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Dr. Elizabeth Jones
Associate Professor

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Dr. Sarah Judge
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Richard LaRosa
Associate Professor

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Dr. Mark Lennon
Associate Professor

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Dr. Nan Li
Associate Professor

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Dr. Edmund Matecki
Associate Professor

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Dr. James 'Christian' Ola
Associate Professor

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Dr. Joseph J. Schwerha
Associate Professor

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Dr. Alfred Tarquinio
Adjunct Professor

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Dr. Kimberly Yost
Assistant Professor

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