B.S. Business, Human Resource Management Areas of Study
The WGU Bachelor of Science in BusinessHuman Resource Management program content is based on the knowledge and skills that provide expertise in the management of people at work. The emphasis of the Human Resource program is to develop more effective managers and staff specialists in the human resource management field. It provides the knowledge and skills that enable human resource managers to work in a variety of careers in business, industry, government and civil service. Students have the opportunity to gain an industry achievement based on their professional HR work experience: either HRCI’s PHR Certification or SHRM’s Assurance of Learning Certificate. HRCI requires that candidates have four years exempt-level HR work experience to be eligible for the PHR Certification. Those not yet eligible for the PHR will take the SHRM Assurance of Learning assessment.
Leadership and Management
Understanding how to lead and manage in the business environment is critical to a business graduate’s success in the workplace. Students are asked to demonstrate the ability to apply these concepts in Organizational Behavior and Leadership and Management in a series of scenario-based problems in the leadership concepts and applications tasks. Prior coursework does not transfer to meet the requirements of this domain.
Organizational Behavior and Management
This course 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.
Principles of Management
This course addresses strategic planning, total quality, entrepreneurship, conflict and change, human resource management, diversity, and organizational structure.
The general education courses focus on basic subject matter knowledge that is typically included in baccalaureate level programs. Evaluation of your previous college transcripts may clear assessment requirements for some areas of the liberal arts domain, which could shorten your program of study by removing assessments. To waive or clear a course, the transcript must show that you have taken equivalent classes in the content areas and passed those classes with a C grade or higher at an accredited institution of higher education.
English Composition I
This course introduces learners to the types of writing and thinking that is valued in college and beyond. Students will practice writing in several genres and several media, with emphasis placed on writing and revising academic arguments.
Foundations of College Mathematics
This course focuses on basic numeracy and calculation skills, basic algebra skills, basic geometry principles, and basic data and probability skills.
English Composition II
Elements of Effective Communication
This course provides a detailed exploration into basic algebraic concepts and functions and their use in describing, interpreting, and modeling real-world situations. Topics include: real numbers, algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, graphs and functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and linear systems of equations.
Introduction to Biology
Topics in these courses include cell structure and function, bioenergetics, DNA structure and function, protein synthesis, cell reproduction, taxonomy, evolution, and ecology.
Collegiate Level Reasoning and Problem Solving
This course includes topics in 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.
Integrated Physical Sciences
These courses provide a comprehensive overview of the basic principles and unifying concepts of physics, astronomy, chemistry, and earth sciences.
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
In this course students will enhance their basic knowledge and understanding of human behaviors and relationships, as well as demonstrate insight into societal institutions as they have evolved through time. Students will learn the principles of concepts of anthropology, sociology, and psychology.
Literature, Arts, and the Humanities
These courses focus on content, concepts, terminology, methodology, models, and issues within and across the disciplines of the humanities.
This course focuses on fundamentals of geography, places and regions, physical and human systems, and the environment.
Business Law and Ethics
WGU believes business graduates should be able to demonstrate the ability to understand and apply legal concepts in the business environment and to understand how to be ethical leaders in today’s business world.
Fundamentals of Business Law and Ethics
This course prepares students to have an understanding of business law and ethics. Topics include contractual relationship, government regulation of business, dispute resolution, labor and employment law, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and ethical issues in business.
Ethical Situations in Business
This course explores various scenarios in business and helps students learn to develop ethical and socially responsible courses of action. Students will also learn to develop an appropriate and comprehensive ethics program for a business venture.
Legal Issues for Business Organizations
This course addresses labor and employment laws found in common business scenarios. Students will analyze examples of various business activities to learn whether they violate specific labor and employment laws.
This course 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.
This course is a continuation of the topics that were addressed in Accounting I. Accounting II focuses on ways in which accounting principles are used in business operations, deepening the student's understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), inventory, liabilities, and budgets. This course also introduces topics that are important for corporate accounting and financial analysis.
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.
Information Systems Management
Information Systems Management
This course provides an overview of the many facets of information systems applicable to businesses. As students examine the programming languages, methods of system development and implementation, networks, databases, and hardware and software used by IT professionals; they will demonstrate how these tools securely facilitate e-commerce, decision support, and communication in a global marketplace.
The purpose of the course is for students to develop a logical, conceptual, and analytical understanding of microeconomic principles. This course introduces foundational economic principles, such as opportunity costs, supply, and demand. However, the course primarily focuses on microeconomic principles, including efficiency and fairness in markets, government actions and their impacts, the decisions made by consumers and producers, different market structures from perfect competition to monopoly, and factor markets and income distribution.
This course introduces foundational concepts of economic principles, such as opportunity costs, supply, and demand. The course focuses on primary macroeconomic principles, including measurement, money economy in the long-run, macroeconomic fluctuations, and policy issues. In this course, real world examples are presented that apply theory to practice, demonstrating the relevance of macroeconomic thought.
This course provides an introduction to global business. The advantages of global production and the benefits of trade are explored as critical aspects of global business. Factors that influence global business such as transparency, geography, corruption, intellectual property protections, outsourcing and off-shoring, operation management, and generally accepted accounting principles are examined. Additionally, this course considers various economic ideologies including trade policies, sustainability, regional integration blocs, balance of payments, standardization and adaptation, and stateless corporations. Finally, consideration is given for components of culture, the relationship between ethics and economic progress, entry strategies in emerging market economies, and the sequence for developing and managing products in international markets. This course provides a basic conceptual framework for global business; presenting students with both theory and empiric observations of global business in action.
Quantitative Analysis for Business
Quantitative Analysis for Business
This course explores various decision-making models, including simulation models, linear programming models, and inventory models. In addition, students develop project schedules using the PERT/CPM (Program Evaluation and Review Technique / Critical Path Method).
This course focuses on skills and concepts students need to know to plan and implement projects. The project initiation and planning process is covered in-depth, culminating in the creation of a project schedule. Learning how to manage business concerns such as cost and risk is balanced by thorough coverage of best practices in managing people and resources. Students will also learn how to manage change and the steps necessary in closing a project.
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.
Human Resource Management
Graduates in the Human Resource Management degree program should be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas: compensation and benefits, core knowledge required for human resource professionals, employee and labor relations, human resource development, occupational health, safety and security, strategic management, workforce planning and employment. Students demonstrate a thorough understanding of these concepts by successfully passing the HR industry assessment that matches their professional HR work experience: SHRM’s Assurance of Learning assessment or HRCI’s PHR Certification exam.
Human Resources Management
Human Resource Management Concepts is aligned to concepts included in the Assurance of Learning Exam prepared by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Content areas include employment law, workforce planning, employee benefits, Human Resource information systems, and the measurement of Human Resource outcomes.
Cases in Advanced Human Resource Management
During this course 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.
Marketing and Communication
The marketing and communication area of study focuses on two distinct and interrelated business topics. Marketing focuses study on consumer behavior, marketing strategies, and development of marketing plans. Business communication focuses on organizational communication, the communication process, and business research and writing. To demonstrate competency in the marketing and business communications domain, students complete a multiple-choice objective assessment, develop a marketing plan, and write a research paper on a business topic.
Fundamentals of Marketing and Communication
This course addresses the topics of effective business communication and marketing principles, including variables in the marketing environment, consumer behavior and marketing, market opportunities, marketing strategies and plans.
Marketing Principles and Applications
This course allows students to apply their knowledge of core marketing principles by creating a comprehensive marketing plan. Their plan will apply their knowledge of the marketing planning process, market analysis, and the marketing mix (product, place, promotion, and price).
Business Research and Writing
Business Research and Writing
This course prepares students in the areas of researching, evaluating, interpreting, and presenting information. Students will explore the mediums of business reports and business presentations, and prepare projects to apply their knowledge of business communication.