B.S. Business, Human Resource Management Areas of Study

The Bachelor of Science in Business- Human Resource Management is a competency-based program that enables students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree that is tailored to the student's professional HR experience. The Business- Human Resource Management degree is great preparation for a career as a human resource manager or personnel director. This program consists of twelve balanced areas of study, development of a comprehensive portfolio, WGU competency-based assessments, and a capstone project. In addition, this program is aligned with and will help you prepare for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR)* Certification Exam and the Assurance of Learning Exam should you decide to pursue either of these on your own. *Other experience requirements apply to undertake this exams.

Leadership and Management

Principles of Management
This course addresses strategic planning, total quality, entrepreneurship, conflict and change, human resource management, diversity, and organizational structure.

General Education

Introduction to Psychology
In this course, students will develop an understanding of psychology and how it helps them better understand others and themselves. Students will learn general theories about psychological development, the structure of the brain, and how psychologists study behavior. They will gain an understanding of both normal and disordered psychological behaviors, as well as general applications of the science of psychology in society (such as personality typing and counseling).

Intermediate Algebra
This course provides an introduction of algebraic concepts and the development of the essential groundwork for College Algebra. Topics include: A review of basic mathematical skills, the real number system, algebraic expressions, linear equations, graphing, exponents and polynomials.

College Algebra
This course provides further application and analysis of algebraic concepts and functions through mathematical modeling of real-world situations. Topics include: real numbers, algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, graphs and functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of linear equations.

English Composition I
English Composition I introduces learners to the types of writing and thinking that are valued in college and beyond. Students will practice writing in several genres with emphasis placed on writing and revising academic arguments. Instruction and exercises in grammar, mechanics, research documentation, and style are paired with each module so that writers can practice these skills as necessary. Comp I is a foundational course designed to help students prepare for success at the college level. There are no prerequisites for English Composition I.

Elements of Effective Communication
Elements of Effective Communication introduces learners to elements of communication that are valued in college and beyond. Materials are based on five principles: being aware of your communication with yourself and others; using and interpreting verbal messages effectively; using and interpreting nonverbal messages effectively; listening and responding thoughtfully to others, and adapting messages to others appropriately.

English Composition II
English Composition II introduces learners to research writing and thinking that are valued in college and beyond. The Composition II course at WGU should be seen as a foundational course designed to help undergraduate students build fundamental skills for ongoing development in writing and research. Students will complete an academic research paper.

Integrated Natural Science
Integrated Natural Science explores the natural world through an integrated perspective and helps students begin to see and draw numerous connections among events in the natural world. Topics include the universe, the Earth, ecosystems and organisms.

Integrated Natural Science Applications
Integrated Natural Science Applications explores the natural world through an integrated perspective and helps students apply scientific concepts and methodologies to the examination of natural science fundamentals.

Critical Thinking and Logic
Reasoning and Problem Solving helps students internalize a systematic process for exploring issues that takes them beyond an unexamined point of view and encourages them to become more self-aware thinkers by applying principles of problem identification and clarification, planning and information gathering, identifying assumptions and values, analysis and interpretation of information and data, reaching well-founded conclusions, and identifying the role of critical thinking in the disciplines and professions.

Introduction to Humanities
This introductory humanities course allows students to practice essential writing, communication, and critical thinking skills necessary to engage in civic and professional interactions as mature, informed adults. Whether through studying literature, visual and performing arts, or philosophy, all humanities courses stress the need to form reasoned, analytical, and articulate responses to cultural and creative works. Studying a wide variety of creative works allows students to more effectively enter the global community with a broad and enlightened perspective.

Introduction to Probability and Statistics
In this course, students demonstrate competency in the basic concepts, logic, and issues involved in statistical reasoning. Topics include summarizing and analyzing data, sampling and study design, and probability.

Introduction to Geography
This course will discuss geographic concepts, places and regions, physical and human systems and the environment.

Human Resources

Introduction to Human Resource Management
The course provides an introduction to the management of human resources, the function within an organization that focuses on recruitment, management, and direction for the people who work in the organization. Students will be introduced to HR topics such as strategic workforce planning and employment; compensation and benefits; training and development; employee and labor relations; occupational health, safety and security.

Workforce Planning: Recruitment and Selection
This course focuses on building a highly skilled workforce by using effective strategies and tactics for recruiting, selecting, hiring, and retaining employees.

Training and Development
This course focuses on the development of human capital (i.e., growing talent) by applying effective learning theories and practices for training and developing employees. Throughout this course, you will develop essential skills for improving and empowering organizations through high-caliber training and development processes.

Cases in Advanced Human Resource Management
During Cases in Advanced Human Resource Management students apply their knowledge of human resource management by completing a case study. Students will apply critical human resource strategies in the areas of legal/regulatory compliance, recruitment and selection of personnel, performance and feedback mechanisms, and financial and benefits compensation.

Compensation and Benefits
This course develops competence in understanding, designing, and implementing compensation and benefit systems in an organization. It uses a Total Rewards perspective to integrate the tangible rewards (e.g., salary, bonuses, etc.) with employee benefits (e.g., health insurance, retirement plan, etc.) and intangible rewards (e.g., location, work environment, etc.) so that students can use all forms of rewards fairly and effectively to enable job satisfaction and organizational performance.

Business

Introduction to Business
This course introduces students to the various functional areas within an organization (e.g. marketing, production, finance, etc.) that support a firm’s overall business objectives.

Organizational Behavior
Organizational Behavior and Leadership explores how to lead and manage effectively in diverse business environments. Students are asked to demonstrate the ability to apply organizational leadership theories and management strategies in a series of scenario-based problems.

Business Communication
Business Communication is a survey course of communications skills needed in the business environment. Course content includes writing messages, reports, résumés, and delivering oral presentations. Communication processes, writing skills, message types, and presentation of data are emphasized. Development of these skills is integrated with the use of technology.

Business Ethics
Business Ethics is designed to enable students to identify the ethical and socially responsible courses of actions available through the exploration of various scenarios in business. Students will also learn to develop appropriate ethics guidelines for a business.

Business Law and Ethics

Business Law
This course introduces students to business law. Topics include the sources and types of law, contractual relationships, government regulation of business, dispute resolution, alternative dispute resolution, tort and other civil liabilities, labor and employment law, and other legal issues found in common business scenarios. Students will analyze examples of various business activities to learn whether specific laws apply.

Employment Law
This course reviews the legal and regulatory framework surrounding employment, including recruitment, termination, and discrimination law. The course topics include employment-at-will, EEO, ADA, OSHA, and other laws affecting the workplace. Students will learn to analyze current trends and issues in employment law and apply this knowledge to effectively manage risk in the employment relationship.

Marketing and Communication

Marketing Fundamentals
Marketing Fundamentals introduces students to principles of the marketing environment, social media, consumer behavior, marketing research, and market segmentation. Students will also explore marketing strategies that are related to products and services, distribution channels, promotions, sales, and pricing.

Accounting

Principles of Accounting
Principles of Accounting focuses on ways in which accounting principles are used in business operations. Students will learn about the basics of accounting, including how to use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), ledgers, and journals. Students will also be introduced to the steps of the accounting cycle, concepts of assets and liabilities, and general information about accounting information systems. This course also presents bank reconciliation methods, balance sheets, and business ethics.

Managerial Accounting
This course focuses on identifying, gathering, and interpreting information that will be used for evaluating and managing the performance of a business. Students will also study cost measurement for producing goods and services and how to analyze and control these costs.

Management

Project Management
Project Management prepares you to manage projects from start to finish within any organizational structure. The course presents a view into different project-management methods and delves into topics such as project profiling and phases, constraints, building the project team, scheduling, and risk. You will be able to grasp the full scope of projects you may work on in the future, and apply the proper management approaches to complete a project. The course features practice in each of the project phases as you learn how to strategically apply project-management tools and techniques to help organizations achieve their goals.

Change Management
Change Management provides an understanding of change and an overview of successfully managing change using various methods and tools. Emphasizing change theories and various best practices, you will learn how to recognize and implement change using an array of other effective strategies, including those related to innovation and leadership. Other topics include approaches to change, diagnosing and planning for change, implementing change, and sustaining change.

Spreadsheets

The Spreadsheets course will help students become proficient in using spreadsheets to analyze business problems. Students will demonstrate competency in spreadsheet development and analysis for business/accounting applications (e.g., using essential spreadsheet functions, formulas, charts, etc.).

Economics

Global Business
This course provides an introduction to global business. The advantages of global production and the benefits of trade are critical aspects of global business. Many factors influence global business, such as transparency, geography, corruption, intellectual property protections, outsourcing and off-shoring, operation management, and generally accepted accounting principles.

Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics provides you with an in-depth overview of the economy as a whole. The course covers market structure, essential models, theories, and policies that affect international and domestic economic systems. You will learn how the economy operates and how society manages its costs, benefits, and trade-offs when allocating scarce resources through market demand and supply. Other topics include how output and growth in the economy are measured with GDP and how the government and Federal Reserve influence growth, unemployment, and inflation through fiscal and monetary policy.

Microeconomics
Microeconomics introduces you to foundational economic concepts. You will learn how households maximize utility and firms maximize profit in order to allocate their scarce resources. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to explain opportunity costs, the importance of competition, and how demand and supply work to determine equilibrium price and quantity in perfectly competitive markets and under monopolistic competition, oligopoly, and monopoly.

Quantitative Analysis for Business

Quantitative Analysis for Business explores various decision-making models, including expected value models, linear programming models, and inventory models. You will learn to analyze data by using a variety of analytic tools and techniques to make better business decisions. In addition, you will develop project schedules using the Critical Path Method. Other topics include calculating and evaluating formulas, measures of uncertainty, crash costs, and visual representation of decision-making models using electronic spreadsheets and graphs.

Finance

Principles of Finance
Finance is an introduction to the theory, methods, and concerns of business finance, including financial management and maximizing shareholder wealth. Students will evaluate the performance and value of a firm, employ time value of money to solve common financial problems, and make corporate investment decisions using capital budgeting.

IT Management for Business

Information Systems Management
Information Systems Management provides an overview of many facets of information systems applicable to business. The course explores the importance of viewing information technology (IT) as an organizational resource that must be managed, so that it supports or enables organizational strategy.

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