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Human Resource Management Specialization Bachelor of Science in Business

School of Business and Technology

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Total program credits needed for graduation: 180

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One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

General Education Requirements

As a Capella bachelor’s student, you need 45 quarter credits to satisfy your general education requirements. You’ll need to choose a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the categories below. You’ll also select an additional 21 quarter credits of your choosing from any of the categories.

ENG1000 English Composition 6 quarter credits
ENG1100 Writing Strategies for Criminal Justice 6 quarter credits
ENG2000 Research Writing 6 quarter credits
ENG3300 Business and Technical Writing 6 quarter credits
COM1000 Public Speaking 3 quarter credits†
COM2000 Intercultural Communication 6 quarter credits†
COM2050 Visual Design in Communications 3 quarter credits
COM3200 Leadership, Gender, and Communication 6 quarter credits
COM3700 Conflict Resolution 6 quarter credits
COM4100 Media and Culture 6 quarter credits
HUM1000 Introduction to the Humanities 6 quarter credits
HUM1055 Approaches to Studying Religions 3 quarter credits
LIT2100 Women's Literature 3 quarter credits
PHI1000 Introduction to Philosophy 6 quarter credits
PHI2000 Ethics 6 quarter credits
PHI2100 Introduction to Logic 6 quarter credits
PHI3200 Ethics in Health Care 6 quarter credits
BIO1000 Human Biology 6 quarter credits
BIO1050 Biology and Society 3 quarter credits
BIO2000 Environmental Health 6 quarter credits
PHY1000 Introduction to Astronomy 6 quarter credits
MAT1050 College Algebra 6 quarter credits
MAT2001 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2002 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2051* Discrete Mathematics 6 quarter credits
ECO1050 Microeconomics 6 quarter credits
ECO1051 Macroeconomics 6 quarter credits
HIS3200 History of Health Care in America 3 quarter credits
POL1000 The Politics of American Government 6 quarter credits
PSYC1000 Introduction to Psychology 6 quarter credits
PSYCH2700 Child Development
PSYCH2740 Adult Development and Aging 3 quarter credits
SOC1000 Introduction to Human Society 6 quarter credits
SOC2000 Cultural Diversity 6 quarter credits
SOC3400 Social Deviance 6 quarter credits

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General Education Requirements

Choose 45 quarter credits with a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each category; see General Education Courses.

Additional Program Requirements

BUS1003
Developing Business Thinking †

Learners in this course begin to build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in a bachelor of science degree program and the workplace. Learners develop and demonstrate business thinking and, in particular, evaluate case studies to acquire and broaden their knowledge of the creation of an organization. In addition, learners expand organizational, information literacy, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills and apply an understanding of ethics, team behaviors, and effective business writing. For BS in Business learners only. Learners who are determined to need additional support developing academic and professional writing and reading skills based on academic assessment must take BUS1003 during their first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits

 

Core courses

 

42 quarter credits

BUS3003
Developing a Business Perspective ‡

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a business perspective and expand their organizational, research, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Other topics include ethics, team relationships, project creation, and writing effectively for business. For BS in Business learners only. Learners may only earn credit for BUS3003 or BUS3006 or BUS3007. Prerequisite(s): BUS1003. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits
-or-
BUS3007
Developing a Business Perspective §

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a business perspective and expand their organizational, research, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Other topics include ethics, team relationships, project creation, and writing effectively for business. For BS in Business learners only. Learners may only earn credit for BUS3003 or BUS3006 or BUS3007. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits
BUS3011
Fundamentals of Management

In this course, learners acquire and demonstrate fundamental principles of management and their relevance to organizations. Learners analyze how planning, organizing, controlling, and leading influence managerial roles. Learners also integrate current management practices and future trends and determine ways to apply management skills to all businesses and professions. Learners who have received credit for BUS3010 may not take BUS3011.

3 quarter credits
BUS3012
Fundamentals of Leadership

This course is an introduction to principles of leadership behavior and their application in business and community settings. Learners develop and demonstrate awareness of the characteristics, styles, and practices necessary for effective leadership. Learners who have received credit for BUS3010 may not take BUS3012.

3 quarter credits
BUS3021
Fundamentals of Business Law

In this course, learners explore and articulate the influences on businesses of statutory, contract, and legal entity law. Learners evaluate the historical underpinnings and origins of the court system’s ability to adjudicate commercial disputes. Learners also develop and demonstrate their legal vocabulary, an understanding of core legal concepts, and basic legal research skills.

3 quarter credits
BUS3022
Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management

This course is an introduction to modern concepts and practices of efficient supply chain management. Learners build their knowledge of and demonstrate the relevance of supply chain design in support of organizational strategy and explore ways to manage an effective supply chain. Through the use of case studies, learners also analyze existing supply chain systems and recommend improvements.

3 quarter credits
BUS3030
Fundamentals of Marketing and Sales

In this course, learners focus on the fundamentals of marketing and sales, including market research and planning, product differentiation and positioning, marketing communications, differences between consumer and business markets, and relational marketing and sales strategy. Learners demonstrate course competencies by preparing and presenting a marketing and sales plan and a corresponding marketing and sales strategy for a simple product offering.

6 quarter credits
BUS3040
Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

This course is a survey of the human resources management (HRM) field and its function and role in the organization. Learners develop their knowledge of fundamental HRM principles and demonstrate competencies in areas such as compensation and benefits, legal requirements, and training and development.

6 quarter credits
BUS3050
Fundamentals of Organizational Communication

This course helps learners develop and demonstrate competence in their understanding and application of the fundamentals of organizational communication; the interrelationship of organizational communication, symbols, culture, and performance; effective communication practices in relationships internal and external to the enterprise; and ways these factors contribute to successful organizational performance. Learners also analyze ways organizational communication factors are interrelated and function in an enterprise.

6 quarter credits
BUS3061
Fundamentals of Accounting

This course is an introduction to the accounting function in modern business organizations. Learners define accounting terminology and explore its application to accounting principles. Learners also applyaccounting cycle strategies to business financial events and prepare financial statements from accounting system data. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS3061.

3 quarter credits
BUS3062
Fundamentals of Finance

In this course, learners gain and apply finance basics including the time value of money concepts, stock and bond valuation techniques, and capital budgeting processes. Learners also demonstrate ways the relationship of domestic and global financial environments affect financial markets. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS3062.

3 quarter credits

 

Specialization courses

 

48 quarter credits

BUS4043 *
Compensation and Benefits Management

In this course, learners focus on theories related to compensation and reward systems in organizations and the practices used to create and maintain these systems. Course competencies include creating a base benefit plan, evaluating incentive programs, and analyzing the effects of laws and regulatory agencies on compensation and benefits strategies. Learners also demonstrate a working knowledge of social and legal issues pertaining to compensation and of the skills organizations need to maintain competitive HR functions. Prerequisite(s): BUS3040.

6 quarter credits
BUS4044 *
Legal Issues in Human Resource Management

In this course, learners identify the scope and purpose of the legal framework of an enterprise. Learners analyze the effects of legal issues on an organization’s human resource management function. Learners also create strategies for managing legal issues and identify ways to implement them. Prerequisite(s): BUS3040.

6 quarter credits
BUS4045 *
Recruiting, Retention, and Development

This course focuses on strategies for recruiting, selecting, and retaining top talent in support of the strategic needs of an organization. Learners analyze talent and acquisition strategies within the context of laws and regulations and explore current recruitment and selection techniques. Prerequisite(s): BUS3040.

6 quarter credits
BUS4046 *
Employee and Labor Relations

This course focuses on the dynamics of creating a mutually beneficial relationship between employer and employee. Topics include maintaining legal compliance and cultivating positive employee morale. Learners analyze and explain factors that affect the relationships between employees and organizations and how workplace policies can influence ethically and legally sound human resource management practices. Learners also examine and describe the impact of labor unions on the organization. Prerequisite(s): BUS3040, BUS4045.

6 quarter credits
BUS4047 *
Employee Training and Development

In this course, learners assess and apply strategies of building effective training solutions that support an organization’s human resource management goals. Learners identify business strategies that lead to measurable and meaningful performance results, and gain and practice a deeper understanding of learning organizations. Prerequisite(s): BUS3040.

6 quarter credits
BUS4048 *
International Human Resource Management Issues

This course is an introduction to human resource management (HRM) in multinational corporations. Learners analyze global issues that affect HRM practices and investigate the role of culture and its influence in these organizations. Prerequisite(s): BUS3040.

6 quarter credits
BUS4801
Ethics and Enterprise

The focus of this course is on the economic, social, and environmental effects of business decisions and policies. Learners identify significant ethical issues affecting today’s multicultural business environment and evaluate how businesses have responded to them through policy development. Through case studies and examples of current business practices, learners analyze successful and unsuccessful strategies for establishing ethical standards and corporate social responsibility.

6 quarter credits
BUS4802
Change Management

In this course, learners acquire and demonstrate change management competencies by exploring change dynamics and identifying ways to facilitate change. In addition, learners identify knowledge and skills required to lead, facilitate, and support change management. Case studies help learners gain an understanding of the unfolding dynamics of planned and unplanned change in organizations from the multiple perspectives of various stakeholders. Trust building, fear containment, and broad participation in the change process receive special attention. 

6 quarter credits

 

Elective courses

 

39 quarter credits

 

Choose 39 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.║

 

Capstone course

 

6 quarter credits

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

BUS4993
Business Capstone Project

The capstone project is the culmination of the BS in Business degree program. Learners demonstrate their technical and applied business knowledge and competencies along with critical-thinking and communication skills. Learners also formulate ideas for a new business product or service, create a vision, and develop a strategic plan that describes how to implement their concept. For BS in Business learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment

6 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

180 credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

† Learners who are determined to need additional support developing academic and professional writing and reading skills based on academic assessment must take BUS1003 during their first quarter.

‡ Learners who have completed BUS1003 are required to take BUS3003.

§ Learners who are not required to take BUS1003 are placed in BUS3007.

║ Learners who have completed BUS1003 choose 33 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

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PHR®/SPHR® Preparation Courses

Capella offers online prep courses to prepare you for success in your Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and SHRM exams.* These Capella certification exam preparation courses are designed by subject matter experts, and include discussion questions, application exercises, and module exams to develop specific HR competencies.

*While pass rates on the PHR® and SPHR® exam tend to improve for those taking the review course, no guarantee can be made that completion of this course will result in success on this exam. Individuals are encouraged to use this review course as a guide in their preparation and to seek additional assistance as they determine is necessary.

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What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 135 credits into this specialization.

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Concentrations

If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Finance
  • Health Care Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Project Management

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