With a human resource management degree, you’ll develop the confidence and determination to become a key factor in administering your organization’s staff.

 This program’s curriculum is fully aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management’s HR curriculum guidebook and templates. We are among only a handful of programs in Indiana which acquired this honor. This means as a graduate of this program, you will be eligible to apply for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam, a great way to start your HR career!

Major

A human resources degree from SMWC, available on-campus and online, requires at least 125 credit hours.

In addition to the general studies courses and electives to graduate as a SMWC human resource management major, you need to complete at least 48 credit hours in journalism and related courses.

Required Business Core

27 credit hours required: All courses listed.

BU 121 Principles of Accounting I
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the accounting cycle leading to the development and use of financial statements. Emphasis is on the proprietorship type of business organization. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, January.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 122 Principles of Accounting II
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies accounting for corporations and introduces accounting for management decision making. Builds on the concepts of BU 121. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: October, March. Prerequisite: BU 121.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 232 Microeconomics
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the various internal forces in social and business organizations from an economic viewpoint. Specific emphasis is on the relationship between a firm’s possible form and its interaction with the consumer. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: October, March.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 241 Principles of Management
Campus | 3 Credits
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Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, March, and May.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 251 Principles of Marketing
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the process of product design, packaging, pricing, advertising, distribution and sales of goods and services. Emphasizes not only management decisions made in each of these processes, but also usable management tools. Emphasis is also placed on the marketing concept of discovering and fulfilling human needs. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, January, and May.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 281 Managerial Communications
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies and applies communication theory and communication as a management tool. Camupus: Spring, every year; WOL: October and January.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 371 Business Law
Campus | 3 Credits
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Focuses on the nature of law-making, the legal processes by which law is applied to resolve disputes, the value and policy that are the basis for our law and legal processes, and the role of law and litigation in the conduct of everyday business affairs. Emphasizes the fundamentals of the legal system, both philosophical and technical, which facilitate business operations and discourage or control harmful business practices. Ethical implications and standards to which business conduct should conform are considered and stressed. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: August, March.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 381 Business Finance
Campus | 3 Credits
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Develops a basic understanding of the methods of securing and allocating financial resources within a firm. Emphasis is on financial decision making and the associated knowledge, principles and techniques. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: October, January. Prerequisites: BU 122 and MA 253.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 481 International Business: Strategies and Policies
Campus | 3 Credits
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Involves the use of the case method, wherein the skills learned in accounting, finance, management and marketing fields are used to analyze situations dealing with the cultural and governmental factors that influence the environment of international business. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: August, January. Prerequisite: Senior standing in business.

Campus 3 Credits

Required Human Resource Management Courses

21 credit hours required: All courses listed.

BU 341 Human Resource Management I
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the processes in the personnel management system to meet human resource requirements, develop effectiveness in human resources, create a productive climate and behaviors and develop leadership and decision-making abilities to accomplish individual, organizational and societal objectives. Incorporates results of research in the behavioral sciences and stresses applications in the organizational structure. Campus: Spring, odd years; WOL: August, May. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 342 Human Resource Management II
Campus | 3 Credits
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Goes beyond the basic foundation of human resources management to focus in more detail on resources management in terms of implementing compensation, providing economic, physical and emotional security for employees, creating a productive work climate, understanding employee rights and discipline, strengthening employee-management relations and understanding global enterprises. Campus: Fall, odd years; WOL: October. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 341.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 343 Organizational Behavior
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines individual concepts, individual-organizational interface, the organization itself and organizational processes and characteristics. Campus: Spring, even years; WOL: October. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 346 Legal Issues in Human Resources Management
Campus | 3 Credits
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Covers various legal issues that will face those employed in the human resources field. Some of the topics which may be covered include: compensation issues, equal employment opportunities, affirmative action programs, introduction to OSHA, employment and medical testing, sexual harassment issues, employee rights to privacy, as well as some specific
laws such as ADA and NLRA. Campus: Fall, even years; WOL: October, January. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 371.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 445 Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
Campus | 3 Credits
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Covers current readings and current and directed topics in the field of human resources management that are not covered in other classes. Topics will change as the field of human resource management changes. Every other year. Prerequisites: BU 341 and BU 342.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 482 Research in Business
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines the research process in business. Provides the student the opportunity for in-depth exploration of a special area of interest. Campus: Fall, even years; WOL: October. Prerequisites: BU 241, BU 251 and MA 253.

Campus 3 Credits
SO 324 Racial and Cultural Minorities
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies interracial and interethnic relations, prejudice, discrimination and the changing nature of contacts and problems generated between groups within the social institutions of multiethnic societies. The primary focus is the U.S., with use made of comparative material from several societies. Fall, even years. Prerequisite: SO 211 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits

Other Required Courses

Woods Core math requirement

MA 253 Statistics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Elementary introduction to statistical reasoning, including sampling, organization and presentation of data, elementary probability, statistical inference and data analysis. In particular, topics covered include: the nature of probability and statistics; organization and presentation of data; measures of central tendency, variation and position; probability; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation and confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; z and t tests, correlation and regression, and chi-square tests; applications to the natural and social sciences, business, education, and government. Use of appropriate computer software and technology resources. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Prerequisite: MA 105 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Minor

To complete a human resource management minor, here are the requirements. (Please note: This minor is not available to business administration majors.)

Required Business Core

6 credit hours required: All courses listed.

BU 131 Macroeconomics
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the fundamental principles of macroeconomics. Provides a working understanding of the economy as a whole, noting interrelationships among concerns of contemporary society, world affairs and government fiscal and monetary policies. Campus: Fall and Spring, every year; WOL: March.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 241 Principles of Management
Campus | 3 Credits
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Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, March, and May.

Campus 3 Credits

Electives

12 credit hours required: choose four.

BU 341 Human Resource Management I
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the processes in the personnel management system to meet human resource requirements, develop effectiveness in human resources, create a productive climate and behaviors and develop leadership and decision-making abilities to accomplish individual, organizational and societal objectives. Incorporates results of research in the behavioral sciences and stresses applications in the organizational structure. Campus: Spring, odd years; WOL: August, May. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 342 Human Resource Management II
Campus | 3 Credits
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Goes beyond the basic foundation of human resources management to focus in more detail on resources management in terms of implementing compensation, providing economic, physical and emotional security for employees, creating a productive work climate, understanding employee rights and discipline, strengthening employee-management relations and understanding global enterprises. Campus: Fall, odd years; WOL: October. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 341.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 343 Organizational Behavior
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines individual concepts, individual-organizational interface, the organization itself and organizational processes and characteristics. Campus: Spring, even years; WOL: October. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 345 Small Business Management
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduces students to the world of small business and the fundamentals of effective small business management. Also may introduce selected contemporary issues affecting small business. Campus: Spring, odd years; WOL: March, May. Prerequisites: BU 121, BU 122, BU 241 and BU 251.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 346 Legal Issues in Human Resources Management
Campus | 3 Credits
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Covers various legal issues that will face those employed in the human resources field. Some of the topics which may be covered include: compensation issues, equal employment opportunities, affirmative action programs, introduction to OSHA, employment and medical testing, sexual harassment issues, employee rights to privacy, as well as some specific
laws such as ADA and NLRA. Campus: Fall, even years; WOL: October, January. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 371.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 445 Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
Campus | 3 Credits
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Covers current readings and current and directed topics in the field of human resources management that are not covered in other classes. Topics will change as the field of human resource management changes. Every other year. Prerequisites: BU 341 and BU 342.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 482 Research in Business
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines the research process in business. Provides the student the opportunity for in-depth exploration of a special area of interest. Campus: Fall, even years; WOL: October. Prerequisites: BU 241, BU 251 and MA 253.

Campus 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Career Paths

At SMWC, you will be prepared for a variety of human resources jobs by learning how to:

  • Analyze the needs of an organization and develop creative solutions
  • Evaluate the work environment to increase effectiveness and add value
  • Oversee training, safety and wellness of an organization’s employees
  • Enact comprehensive strategies for employee management

With our general business core, you will develop your ability to manage a broad variety of corporate challenges, while specific HRM coursework shows you how to think conceptually about the dynamic world of management.

Managers agree that an HR Department can enhance morale and productivity and decrease job turnover by providing training and development to improve skills and increase employee satisfaction. With experience, graduates can expect a rich career beyond a human resource generalist. These include:

  • Director of Human Resources
  • Employment and Placement Managers
  • EEO Officers or Affirmative Action Coordinators
  • Employer Relations Manager,
  • Job Analyst
  • Compensation Manager
  • Director of Industrial Relations
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Conciliator, Mediator, or Arbitrator