Human Resource Management - Online
Online Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management
Learn to keep an organization running and progressing with an online Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in human resource management from the University of Central Oklahoma’s Connected Campus.
Employees are a business’s most valuable resource. Staff members fuel output, create a culture and collaborate toward a single goal. Human resources professionals orchestrate this aspect of a company’s success, from hiring and compliance to training and morale building. This fully online, flexible degree program equips you with a broad, business-backed base to pass your industry certification exam and make an impact in the workforce.
We tend to perceive business direction as coming from management. Yet, big-picture initiatives are simply ideas without the right individuals to carry them out.
Human resources professionals identify such personnel and assist with their progress within the company. This spectrum extends from recruitment and hiring initiatives to develop training programs and compensation and benefits packages to considering the roles company culture and incentives play. In today’s workforce, HR departments build from this foundation, offering a perspective on and frequently driving an organization’s commitment to diversity and social responsibility and being the direct point of contact in labor relations.
UCO’s online bachelor’s degree in human resource management prepares you to become an HR generalist. You’ll be exposed to general functions through core and elective courses, connect the field to traditional business initiatives and prepare for certification. A curriculum aligned with the Society of Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) standards instructs you in core human resources functions in a range of private sector and nonprofit organizations:
- Understand the role human resources has in any company or organization, from best practices to laws you’re expected to uphold;
- Train to become a key organizational point person by strengthening your communication skills and knowledge of organizational behavior and personnel management techniques;
- Improve your critical thinking, decision-making and leadership skills to contribute to an organization’s direction;
- Learn key methodologies for recruiting, training and retaining employees, as well as encouraging diversity; and,
- Grow what you’ve already acquired in the workforce to advance or change your career path.
Human resource management isn’t an isolated discipline. Rather, it involves traditional business concepts and often goes hand in hand with management and leadership. As well, recruitment often requires you to evaluate professionals who will contribute to a company’s bottom line.
Considering these functions, you’ll expand your knowledge with the university core courses, develop a holistic understanding of organizational operations with business core courses (39 credit hours) and gain a specialty with dedicated human resources management coursework (24 credit hours), in addition to a three-credit capstone project.
The business core exposes you to accounting, finance, management, economics, leadership, statistics, business analytics, marketing and management information systems. Building from here, the courses in human resource management touch on legal aspects, compliance, training and development, recruitment, personnel selection and compensation:
- Become familiar with the methods for selecting, testing, training and managing employees;
- Explore the laws at state and federal levels all businesses need to follow for hiring and managing employees and enforcing compliance;
- Learn to develop effective training programs, factoring in compliance, administration, costs and delivery;
- See how companies recruit employees, including job analysis, selection and performance evaluations; and,
- Discover the role compensation and benefits plays in attracting and retaining personnel and the ethical, compliance and organizational factors involved.
After progressing through these foundational human resources topics, electives present an opportunity to learn more about employment relations management, organizational behavior, employee benefits planning, HR information systems and OSHA standards.
As businesses adjust with the marketplace, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts increased demand for human resources professionals at all levels.
Among entry-level roles, organizations are expected to need 10% more human resources specialists through 2029 to hire and train new employees, manage benefits and coordinate this integral department. For the next level of your career, positions for human resources managers will grow 9% over that period.
Organizations of all sizes and objectives require human resources professionals to run smoothly and efficiently. Your online B.B.A. in human resource management helps you pursue a role in:
- Employee relations;
- Training and development;
- Talent acquisition;
- Compensation analysis; or,
- Labor relations.