B.S. Business, Human Resource Management Areas of Study

WGU Bachelor of Science in Business—Human Resource Management

The Bachelor of Science in Business—Human Resource Management is a competency-based program that enables students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree that is tailored to the student's professional HR experience. The Business—Human Resource Management degree is great preparation for a career as a human resource manager or personnel director. This program consists of twelve balanced areas of study, development of a comprehensive portfolio, WGU competency-based assessments, and a capstone project. In addition, this program is aligned with and will help you prepare for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR)* Certification Exam and the Assurance of Learning Exam should you decide to pursue either of these on your own.
*Other experience requirements apply to undertake these exams.

Leadership and Management

Organizational Behavior and Management
Organizational Behavior and Leadership 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.

General 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. The course contains supporting media, articles, and excerpts to support a focus on one of five disciplinary threads (covering the topics of nursing, business, information technology, teaching, and literature, art, and culture) designed to engage students and welcome them into discussion about contemporary issues. The course supports peer review activities, though it may be completed asynchronously as well. Instruction and exercises in grammar, mechanics, research documentation, and style are paired with each module so that writers can practice these skills as necessary. This course includes full access to the MindEdge Writing Pad to support student writing and coaching sessions.

Introduction to Geography
This course will discuss geographic concepts, places and regions, physical and human systems and the environment.

English Composition II
English Composition II introduces learners to research writing and thinking that are valued in college and beyond. The Composition II course at WGU should be seen as a foundational course designed to help undergraduate students build fundamental skills for ongoing development in writing and research. Students will complete an academic research paper.

Elements of Effective Communication
Elements of Effective Communication introduces learners to elements of communication that are valued in college and beyond. Materials are based on five principles: being aware of your communication with yourself and others; using and interpreting verbal messages effectively; using and interpreting nonverbal messages effectively; listening and responding thoughtfully to others, and adapting messages to others appropriately.

Intermediate Algebra

College Algebra
This course supports the assessment for College Algebra with Hawkes Learning. College Algebra provides a detailed exploration into basic algebraic concepts and functions and their use in describing, interpreting, and modeling real-world situations.

Integrated Natural Science
Integrated Natural Science explores the natural world through an integrated perspective and helps students begin to see and draw numerous connections among events in the natural world. Topics include the universe, the Earth, ecosystems and organisms.

Integrated Natural Science Applications
Integrated Natural Science Applications explores the natural world through an integrated perspective and helps students apply scientific concepts and methodologies to the examination of natural science fundamentals.

Introduction to Probability and Statistics
In this course, students demonstrate competency in the basic concepts, logic, and issues involved in statistical reasoning. Topics include summarizing and analyzing data, sampling and study design, and probability.

Introduction to Psychology
In this course, students will develop an understanding of psychology and how it helps them better understand others and themselves. Students will learn general theories about psychological development, the structure of the brain, and how psychologists study behavior. They will gain an understanding of both normal and disordered psychological behaviors, as well as general applications of the science of psychology in society (such as personality typing and counseling).

Critical Thinking and Logic
This course introduces students to the basic concepts of logic and critical thinking. Students are introduced to the use of logical principles to accurately express and establish the validity of various forms of reasoning. The main objective of the course is for students to understand the range of concepts and techniques employed by critical thinkers. Students learn how to correctly apply the principles of logic and cultivate the skills they need to be able to recognize, analyze, and critically evaluate arguments.

Introduction to Humanities
This introductory humanities course allows students to practice essential writing, communication, and critical thinking skills necessary to engage in civic and professional interactions as mature, informed adults. Whether through studying literature, visual and performing arts, or philosophy, all humanities courses stress the need to form reasoned, analytical, and articulate responses to cultural and creative works. Studying a wide variety of creative works allows students to more effectively enter the global community with a broad and enlightened perspective.

Human Resources

Introduction to Human Resource Management
The course provides an introduction to the management of human resources, the function within an organization that focuses on recruitment, management, and direction for the people who work in the organization. Students will be introduced to HR topics such as strategic workforce planning and employment; compensation and benefits; training and development; employee and labor relations; occupational health, safety and security.

Workforce Planning: Recruitment and Selection
This course focuses on building a highly skilled workforce by using effective strategies and tactics for recruiting, selecting, hiring, and retaining employees.

Training and Development
This course focuses on the development of human capital (i.e., growing talent) by applying effective learning theories and practices for training and developing employees. Throughout this course, you will develop essential skills for improving and empowering organizations through high-caliber training and development processes.

Compensation and Benefits
This course develops competence in understanding, designing, and implementing compensation and benefit systems in an organization. It uses a Total Rewards perspective to integrate the tangible rewards (e.g., salary, bonuses, etc.) with employee benefits (e.g., health insurance, retirement plan, etc.) and intangible rewards (e.g., location, work environment, etc.) so that students can use all forms of rewards fairly and effectively to enable job satisfaction and organizational performance.

Cases in Advanced Human Resource Management
During Cases in Advanced Human Resource Management 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.

Business Law and Ethics

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
Ethical Situations in Business 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.

Employment Law
This course reviews the legal and regulatory framework surrounding employment, including recruitment, termination, and discrimination law. The course topics include employment-at-will, EEO, ADA, OSHA, and other laws affecting the workplace. Students will learn to analyze current trends and issues in employment law and apply this knowledge to effectively manage risk in the employment relationship.


Principles of Accounting
Principles of Accounting 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.

Managerial Accounting
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
Information Systems Management 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.


Microeconomics helps students develop a logical, conceptual, and analytical understanding of microeconomic principles. This course introduces foundational economic principles, such as opportunity costs, supply, and demand. 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.

Macroeconomics 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.

Global Business
This course provides an introduction to global business. The advantages of global production and the benefits of trade are critical aspects of global business. Many factors influence global business, such as transparency, geography, corruption, intellectual property protections, outsourcing and off-shoring, operation management, and generally accepted accounting principles.

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).

Project Management

Project Management
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.

Marketing and Communication

Fundamentals of Marketing and Business 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.

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