Online Human Resource Management Degree
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Human Resource Management
Explore foundational business knowledge while preparing to pursue a career in human resources. Pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Human Resource Management concentration from CTU. This concentration includes areas such as employment law, staffing, hiring, compensation, benefits, workforce development, and performance improvement. You can also study how HR managers assist organizations, individuals, and teams amid continuous change.
The BSBA in Human Resource Management:
- Has CTU Fast Track™ exams available, a series of mini modules designed to test your knowledge of key course objectives, offering the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know
- Is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- Ranked Among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth year in a row*
At CTU, students come first. Our flexible online course schedule helps you to build a class schedule around your schedule. And with grants and scholarships available for those who qualify, a degree from CTU can be both achievable and affordable. Learn more below or fill out the form to speak with an admissions advisor.
Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
This business degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- Colorado Springs
- Aurora (Denver Area)
Online Human Resources Program Details
Courses: General Education
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours COMS105The importance of effective interpersonal communication will be explored in this course. We will identify how interpersonal communication impacts an individual, recognizing the different methods of communication and establishing and maintaining personal and professional relationships through effective communication. Interpersonal Communication 4.5 or COMS201
This course covers technical and professional writing. Students review and may prepare a wide variety of documents including abstracts and/or executive summaries, mechanism and process descriptions, instructions, proposals, requirement specifications, test plans and procedures, and technical datasheets. Special attention is given to adapting writing style to a particular audience, adjusting document mechanics and semantics for a specific purpose, formatting design elements in a consistent manner, and integrating graphics into a document.
Technical and Professional Writing 4.5 or COMS203Successful professionals are excellent communicators. Understanding basic communication concepts; brevity, precision and adherence to common delivery methods are hallmarks of clear, consistent and concise communication. This course is designed to assist in sharpening students’ skills in oral communication with a focus on presenting in professional settings. Speech Communications 4.5 ECON210
This course addresses the dynamics of how our economy works (or does not work.) The course explores the basic institutions, terminology and theory of the main economic activities of production, distribution and consumption, especially as they apply to the operation of our national economy. Topics include savings and investment, national output, expenditure and income, real versus potential GDP, aggregate demand and supply and fiscal and monetary policy. Students explore the impact of the economy on different economic sectors that affect their career paths.
Principles of Macroeconomics 4.5 ECON212This course examines the tools of economics as they apply to the operation of a market economy. It covers supply and demand analysis, consumer behavior, the economic nature of production—including costs and profits. The behavior of firms in competitive and monopolistic environments is studied, as well as income distribution and the effects of government intervention on the free market system. Students have the opportunity to gain a new perspective and deeper ability to understand the impact of current news events as they impact everyday problems and situations as well as be able to see their own economic behavior with a fresh perspective. Principles of Microeconomics 4.5 ENGL104ENGL104 is the first course in a sequence of two composition classes designed to equip students with the writing skills necessary for success in academic, professional, and personal situations requiring formal and informal writing. The workshop style course focuses on building confidence in writing as students progress through the process of choosing essay topics, developing introduction paragraphs and thesis statements, creating effective body paragraphs and topic sentences, and drafting conclusion paragraphs. Students will also learn to identify their audience and purpose in writing. The required composition sequence advances essential practices and habits for all skilled writers and critical thinkers. Introductory Written Communication 4.5 ENGL105ENGL105 is the second and final course in the composition sequence and builds on the writing skills developed in ENGL104. In ENGL105, students continue practicing and developing the writing skills necessary for academic and professional success in a workshop oriented course. Throughout the course, students will incorporate college-level research into their writing. Students learn to identify credible research, incorporate research appropriately into their writing, and cite research following CTU APA guidelines. Students will investigate writing for a variety of contexts, purposes, and audiences. Professional Written Communications 4.5 GOVT201
This course provides the student with an overview of the framework and basic functions of the various branches of government, the role of politics in democracy, and the relationship of government with the rights and duties of citizenship. Students will also consider the similarities and differences between national, state, and local governments.
American Government and Public Affairs 4.5 or HIST101
Today's news is tomorrow's history, a maxim that strikes at the heart of our historical experience and how it affects current events. This course focuses on the key people, social experiments and technologies that continue to impact our lives. Particular attention is paid to the latter half of the 20th Century and the dawn of a new millennium in America - a time that, through the lens of history, both gives us pause and inspires hope for the future.
Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century 4.5 MATH102This course is designed to teach students how to survive in a number-driven world, increase their mathematical knowledge for making logical decisions, and to begin to develop connections with mathematics in their related field of study and daily lives. Introduction to College Math 4.5 MATH106
This course is designed to teach students a background in the quantitative techniques necessary to better understand and appreciate the study of mathematics. Specifically, this course focuses on applied mathematical principles with a broad scope toward business applications.
Algebra for Business 4.5 MATH301
An elementary coverage of statistical techniques is augmented at each step with the aid of technology for data processing and analysis in making inferences. Graphical presentation and statistical measures are studied, followed by basic probability concepts leading to binomial and normal distributions. Hypothesis testing is applied to drawing inferences for one and two population parameters. A graphing calculator or equivalent technology is required.
Data Driven Statistics 4.5 MATH451
This course introduces methods to formulate various mathematical models of problems. Software and hand calculations are used to perform algorithms that can find optimal values that assist managers in making decisions. Attention is paid to the sensitivity of the solution to changes in the model. The main purpose of the course is to guide decision-makers to find optimal ways to implement solutions to satisfy many constraints.
Data Driven Decision Making 4.5 PHIL101
This course is designed to provide students a basic understanding of moral and ethical theories and concepts. The activities and discussions will encourage students to explore ethical dilemmas by identifying and applying moral and ethical theories. Students will also be encouraged to explain their reasoning from cultural, professional, and personal standpoints. A variety of ethical issues and methodologies will be explored, as students evaluate moral dilemmas in an assortment of work and life scenarios.This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of moral and ethical theories and concepts. The coursework and course discussions will encourage students to solve ethical dilemmas by identifying and applying moral and ethical theories. Moreover, students will be encouraged to explain their reasoning from cultural, professional, and personal standpoints. Ethical theories covered will include virtue ethics, deontology (Kant’s theory), utilitarianism and social contract theory.
Introduction to Ethics 4.5 or HUMN250
This course helps the student understand historical and global cultural perspectives, and how culture is shaped by events, ideas, values and experiences. Specifically, the course is designed to encourage students to develop an appreciation for difference and for the variations and similarities in cultures across the world’s regions and peoples. The course also presents a framework for identifying the key elements and expressions of culture and how political, intellectual and technological forces can shape them in the 21st century world. Students are encouraged to examine the connections between personal cultural expressions and the larger experience of Humanities shared by humans across the globe.
World Values and Cultures 4.5 SCI101
Science drives our lives. Many of the key quality of life advances we experience in the Western world come through scientific inquiry and the scientific method that drives that thirst for invention and innovation. This course is designed to provide foundational knowledge in and foster an appreciation for the many dynamic disciplines –such as chemistry, physics, biology, and geology – within this robust field. This course is designed for students to explore the basic tenets of scientific thinking, including the Scientific Method as well as other quantitative and qualitative approaches designed to enable them to draw meaningful conclusions about the world around them.
Introduction to the Sciences 4.5 SCI103
This is a learning experience that complements the Science and Technology course. Since the course addresses how scientific thinking and the resultant technology has changed modern life, this lab will provide students with experiences in the scientific approaches of different sciences covered such as: biology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy. This lab will be constructed specifically to extend the learning from each unit of the Science and Technology course, providing experiences which deepen students’ familiarity with the scientific method and way of asking questions and solving problems.
Science and Technology- Laboratory Course 1.5 SCI201
This course will analyze the interrelationships between the natural environment and human activities. In this course, students are taught about the preservation and conservation of natural resources and the resilience of the natural environment with respect to the carrying capacity of the earth. Furthermore, students will explore topics related to environmental ethics and apply principles of sustainability to issues impacting natural resources and biodiversity. Finally, this course will teach a holistic approach in learning about environmental problems and rehabilitation through individual and group behavioral changes and environmental regulations.
Environmental Science and Sustainability 4.5 SCI203
This course is designed to be a hands-on learning experience that complements the Environmental Science and Sustainability Course. Labs include both problem-based activities and critical-thinking projects and are designed to help students gain an understanding of and appreciation for the complex issues that comprise the field of Environmental Science and Sustainability.
Environmental Science and Sustainability - Laboratory Course 1.5 UNIV104
UNIV104 is designed to provide students with a foundation for success in CTU’s undergraduate academic environment. This course introduces effective academic strategies and how to integrate them with career planning methods that can be leveraged for future academic, professional, and personal success.
Academic and Career Success 4.5 or HUMNELE Humanities Elective 4.5 Total Credit Hours: 66
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours ACCT201
This course introduces the fundamental accounting concepts. Emphasis is on understanding, summarizing, reporting, and interpreting financial information. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and generally use financial statements, understand the role of financial information in decision-making, and discuss ethical considerations specific to accounting.
Accounting I 4 ACCT202
Managerial accounting emphasizes the use of accounting information for planning, control, and ethical decision-making in organizations. This course explores topics in the areas of cost behavior, cost-volume-profit analysis, relevant cost analysis, budgeting, costing methods and performance evaluations.
Accounting II 4 BADM440
This course provides the basic of research needed to successfully complete their business capstone courses. It covers the full cycle of research starting with a qualitative examination of an organizational phenomenon and then addressing how to measure it via survey, experiments, or other designs. It concludes with issues of verification and implementation based on the outcome of the quantitative phase. It also includes the topic of scale development, reliability, validity, confirmatory factor analysis, and issues of survey development and implementation.
Research Design Methods and Applications 4 ECON310
In this course students will apply the theory and tools of micro and macroeconomics and research to the formation of business decisions in the global environment.
Global Managerial Economics 4 FINC225
This course is a basic introduction to the concepts of finance. An overview of financial statements and financial statement analysis are presented. Specific topics include ratio analysis, trend analysis, ethics, and financial proformas
Financial Statement Analysis 4 HRMT215
This course examines the role and function of the Human Resource Department in the organization. It is an overview of human resource activities including job analysis, performance appraisals, recruiting, selection, compensation, and career development. Additionally, employee diversity, labor relations, organization development and equal employment opportunity will be discussed.
Management of Human Resources 4 HRMT440
This course focuses on the theories, stages, practices and implications of the organizational change process. Some topics discussed include preparing to manage change, articulating choices, envisioning the future and implementing change programs. Students study organizational development models to apply the change process. The major objective of this course is to equip managers and HR professional with the skills and knowledge needed to address the continuous changes in the organization.
Managing Organizational Change 4 HRMT485
This course provides the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, skills principles and practices learned from experiences in each of the HRMT courses. The Capstone is applied, scholarly research focusing on a specific question that synthesizes knowledge from and is relevant to the principles and practices of HR. The ideal project would involve a work-related issue for an organizational partner that satisfies an actual need.
Human Resources Capstone 4 IT254
In today's dynamic and complex business environment, the ability to understand matrix thinking and manipulate data on an Excel spreadsheet are taken for granted as a condition of success. Electronic spreasheets are used in a variety of business calculations to analyze, graph, and manage data. Applications of spreadsheets can be used to generate reports to maintain large amounts of data, make accurate calculations, and accelerate repetitive tasks. This course is designed to introduce the basic computer spreadsheet application skills, with an emphasis on essential design, format, functions, and formulas of spreadsheet operations in solving real-world problems.
Spreadsheet Applications 4 MGM255
This course introduces the student to business management structures. It covers how the structures can act as a competitive advantage. Emphasis is on how the organization's management structure and leadership styles can impact businesses and how an organization must adapt or respond to the changes.
Management Fundamentals 4 MGM316
This course is designed to enhance students' knowledge of cultures, traditions, and value systems as they apply in international, multinational, and global business settings. Students explore topics such as language and other forms of communication, traditions, values, norms, cultural diversity, cultural influences on communication and the negotiation process, and ways to improve communications with people whose first language is something other than English.
International Business Communications 4 MGM335
In this course students examine individual and group behavior within the context of the organizational design and culture. This course teaches theoretical and practical knowledge for understanding topics such as motivation, leadership, managerial decision-making, group processes, and conflict resolution.
Organizational Behavior Principles 4 MGM355
In this course students examine the international business environment and how it influences management. It examines the issues and implications involved in the application of modern management practices and principles within the global business environment.
International Business Practices 4 MGM365
This course examines the nature of the legal system in which society functions, including business agreements, business entities, and government regulations. Using frameworks for ethical decision-making, students will explore the ethical issues that confront business organizations and individuals.
The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 4 MGMT235
This course focuses on the tools for understanding the principles underlying the legal environment of business. The course identifies the current legal rules and regulations affecting businesses and students become familiar with the new developments and trends that will greatly affect future transactions. In addition, a component dealing with the legal aspects of intellectual property, especially as it relates to e-business, is included.
Business Law I 4 MGMT345
This course will examine the principles and techniques of managing operations processes in manufacturing and service industries. Students will explore the interrelationships between operations concepts, such as forecasting, planning products, technologies, facilities, demand, inventory, productivity, quality, and reliability.
Operations Management 4 MGMT455
The focus of this course is on identifying external opportunities and determining the value-creating potential of a firm's resources, capabilities, and core competencies to achieve a strategic competitive advantage.
Business Policies and Strategies 4 MKTG225
Students will start with a study of the fundamentals of marketing. Students will then progress to the application of those fundamentals of marketing within an organization and the contemporary market environment. The course will focus on marketing strategy and development of a marketing mix.
Introduction to Marketing 4 MPM210
This course provides an overview and introduction to the discipline of project management, coupled with an examination of the techniques that project managers use to complete their projects on schedule, within budgeted cost, and according to specified scope. Using materials based on the PMBOK® Guide (Guide to Project Management Body of knowledge, published by the Project Management Institute or PMI®), students learn the operational framework of project management relating to the project lifecycle of starting the project, organizing and planning the project, carrying out the work, and closing the project by using the project management process groups called Initiating Process Group, Planning Process Group, Executing Process Group, Monitoring and Controlling Process Group, and Closing Process Group as described in the PMBOK. This course also provides the basis for the more advanced development of project management skills in subsequent project management courses.
Introduction to Project Management 6 SCM210
Logistics and supply chain management are introduced as an integrated discipline practiced in the private and public sectors. This course provides an overview of logistics functions and their application to supply chain management. Emphasis is on the total integration of the supply chain from raw material production through end customer support and final disposal.
Introduction to Logistics/Supply Chain Management 4 UNIV201
This course is designed to provide the knowledge and application of effective career management strategies for career development and transition; through student self-assessment and research into potential career fields. Students pursue the knowledge and skills to identify and communicate themselves as a brand.
Career Planning and Management 4 or MGMT115
This survey course provides students with a general introduction to business activity and how it relates to our economic society. Students will explore how businesses are owned, organized, managed, and controlled.
Introductory Business Practices 4 Total Credit Hours: 86
Courses: Human Resource Management Concentration
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours HRM345
In this course students will explore two of the characteristics of the modern work environment: diversity and teams. They will explore the opportunities and challenges that arise from a diverse workforce. In addition, team building and conflict resolution skills will be covered in this course.
Building Effective Teams 4 HRMT220
This course examines the legal, technological, and strategic issues related to hiring, recruitment, selecting and staffing the organization. Topics to be considered include: recruitment resources, interview strategies and preparation of interview questions, determining how to ''fit'' in the organization, legislation that affects hiring, reference checks, employment tests, documentation and employee orientation.
Staffing the Organization 4 HRMT300
This course examines the nature of performance management, including the role of performance appraisals, performance measurement, the legal issues impacting performance, methods for conducting performance appraisals, and training needs of managers and employees to provide and receive performance feedback.
Managing Employee Performance 4 HRMT330
The following legal regulations are discussed: EEOC, COBRA, Fair Labor Standards Act, NLR, ADA and FLMA. The student learns proper procedures to prevent legal problems including issues concerning unions, diversity, grievances, counseling, documentation and termination.
HRM Legal Environment 4 HRMT410
The course emphasizes the role of training and employee development as a strategic aspect of organizational performance. The course also provides students with the opportunity to develop training designs from needs assessment to evaluation, including return on investment. These skills are essential for contemporary managers. Topics covered include linking training and employee development to organizational strategy, conducting needs assessment, designing and evaluating training and development programs, traditional and contemporary instructional methods, including distance learning, and using information technology to track and implement training and development programs.
Training and Employee Development 4 HRMT415
Compensation plays a critical role in modern organizations. An effective compensation system enables the organization to achieve organizational goals, improve productivity, and motivate employees. This course is designed to provide a working knowledge and a general understanding of compensation and benefits.
Compensation and Benefits 4 HRMT420
This course explores labor-management relations from union and non-union perspectives. Issues discussed are history of unions in the United States, development of labor laws, collective bargaining, the negotiation process, the grievance system, arbitration and mediation, and employee relations councils. The course concludes with a discussion of the future of unions and labor relations in the United States.
Managing Labor-Management Relations 4 Total Credit Hours: 28
Total Credit Hours: 180
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that Colorado Technical University’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines, created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013, are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
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