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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Human Resources Management Specialization

Businesses need to recruit and retain talented workers. You can gain in-depth skills for managing hiring, team-building, and benefits with Salem International University. Our concentration in Human Resource Management builds on the hands-on business curriculum in our BSBA program with specialized course content in HR.

This concentration program is part of our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. The degree is available online or on campus, and takes as little as 40 months to complete.

Objectives of This Program

The Human Resource Management concentration consists of five upper-level courses that offer you insight into topics including:

  • Relationships between labor, management, and the government
  • Hiring, training, and retaining workers
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Building productive work teams

After graduation, you should be prepared to pursue entry-level opportunities within HR departments.

Career Opportunities

The skills you learn in the BSBA – Human Resources Management program can help you prepare for careers in:

  • Labor relations
  • Benefits management
  • Employee training
  • Hiring management
  • Compensation manager

This program also prepares you to complete a master’s degree later on.

Program of Study

The concentration in HR management builds on the general knowledge, international focus, and core business curriculum of our BSBA program with five targeted courses:

  • MGT222 Human Resources Management
  • MGT410 Compensation & Benefits Management
  • MGT411 Employment Law
  • MGT412 International HR Management
  • MGT450 Special Topics

These upper-level courses are taken during the last two years of your degree program.

Course Format

SIU offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration online or on campus in West Virginia. Both learning options feature:

  • The same curriculum and accelerated course sequence
  • Experienced faculty who support your goals
  • A diverse learning community
  • Comprehensive preparation for your business career

Course Descriptions

MGT222 – Human Resources Management (3 Credits)
A study of the principles and techniques of manpower management in organizations; controversies and processes of interaction among labor, management, government, and the public; labor law; and the collective bargaining process. In-depth study of manpower management in organizations. Case studies are used.

MGT410 – Compensation and Benefits Management (3 Credits)
This course focuses on how managers use compensation and benefits to attract, motivate, and retain qualified employees. Topics include economic and behavioral theory and research on pay programs, current approaches to pay-for-performance, and the strategic importance of pay systems in aligning employee behavior with corporate mission and goals.

MGT411 – Employment Law (3 Credits)
This course helps students understand how to identify issues and argue legal positions on human resources, labor, and employment law. Topics include statute and case law, civil rights and equal opportunity, discrimination and harassment, employee protection and privacy, and labor relations.

MGT412 – International Human Resources Management (3 Credits)
This course addresses the challenges of human resources management in multinational contexts. Topics include methods of assessing cultural differences, comparisons of the U.S. with major trade partners, how cultural differences affect workplace interactions, strategies for building multinational teams, and cultural intelligence.

MGT450 – Special Topics (3 Credits)
This course focuses on timely issues in management, including organizational theory, global challenges, ethical and legal issues, leadership, human resources, and so forth. This course may be repeated for credit with the approval of the academic advisor.

Overview of Admission Requirements

Anyone who wishes to apply to our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • High school graduate or equivalent (such as a GED or international secondary institution).

High school transcripts (and/or college transcripts for transfer students) must be provided before the end of the first semester of study. International students will need to provide results of credential evaluation and English language capability.

Please see the application page for more details.

Succeed with Salem

Earn a business degree with an HR management concentration and prepare help businesses make the most of their most important asset—their people. Talk to a Salem International University admissions advisor for more information about our BSBA in Human Resources Management today!

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