Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)

About Human Resource Management

Gain the latest skills and knowledge to make a positive impact.

Learn the skills and strategies that are in demand by today's companies. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Human Resource Management  will provide you with the tools to respond effectively in a dynamic, ever-changing future.  In the bachelor's degree in business administration program, you will complete business core courses for a strong foundation, in addition to human resources-specific courses.

Learn practical applications of human resource management.   

In human resource management courses, students examine such areas as organizational behavior, labor relations and compensation management. Students learn about major management issues that arise in manpower planning, recruitment, selection, development, compensation and appraisal of employees in various organizations.

Seniors can choose to prepare for an exam leading to certification by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest professional society for human resources.

All of PennWest California's business administration programs put significant emphasis on building quantitative, critical thinking and analytical skills.  Students graduate not only with a demonstrated competence in their subject area, but also with the ability to apply that knowledge. 

Business administration students are required to add a minor:

  • Some students choose a business discipline other than their concentration.
  • Other popular choices include psychology, communication studies, public relations, statistics, computer information systems, leadership, women's studies, Spanish and Arabic.
  • Students also choose to complete dual majors or dual degrees with international studies or math.

 The 21-credit minor in human resource management allows students in any discipline to enhance their "people skills" in order to become better managers or employees, and to better understand relationships in the workplace.

PennWest California business graduates are well prepared for a wide range of career opportunities. Recent PennWest California business graduates also have been accepted into graduate business programs at such distinguished institutions as the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University and the College of William and Mary, and into graduate economics programs at Youngstown State and Florida State.

Learn about ouraccelerated bachelor's-to-master's degree program.


Solid foundation: The 120-credit-hour bachelor's degree in business administration prepares students for many professional paths and careers in business and industry. All students complete a business core to understand the functional areas of business and business analytics. PennWest California business students are equipped with skills in critical thinking, communication and teamwork.   

Prestigious credential: The University’s affiliation with the Society for Human Resource Management gives PennWest California seniors in good academic standing an exceptional professional opportunity: They can join SHRM members and other HR professionals to prepare for the SHRM-CP certification exam, a respected credential within the human resource industry. Learn more about the 3-credit certification prep course

Add a minor: Students in any field of study can add a minor in human resource management. The 21-credit minor is especially relevant for business majors seeking deeper insight into workplace relationships, and for students in fields requiring superior "people skills," such as psychology, communications, public relations, parks and recreation management and sport management studies.

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Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in business administration, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits

Students in the bachelor's degree in business administration program learn relevant business knowledge, along with a strong base in the liberal arts, natural and behavioral sciences, and modern quantitative and information technology methods.  In addition to completing business core courses, your human resource management concentration will further enhance your skillset and expand professional career opportunities. Instruction in the program focuses on student engagement and active learning, keeping you involved and engaged with your instructors and classmates. All courses in the program consider the critical role of globalization and rapid technological advance in all aspects of the business environment.

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Graduate Outcomes

Employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 9% through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. PennWest California business graduates go on to various careers and professions, including accountant, banker, city manager, general manager, government agency administrator, hospital administrator, industrial relations manager, insurance agent, office manager, production manager, purchasing agent, sales manager, securities analyst and stock broker. Employers who hire PennWest California business graduates include Aflac, Allegheny Steel, Bank of America, Clear Channel Media, Jackson Hewitt, T-Mobile, Tyco Electronics, U.S. Postal Service and Walmart.

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Expert Faculty

Our highly qualified business and economics faculty members have significant industry experience, as well as advanced degrees in their fields. They are dedicated to teaching PennWest California students the skills necessary for success in business. Our professors have earned MBAs and doctorates from such top schools as American University, City University of New York, George Washington University, Northeastern University, University of Rhode Island and Wayne State University.

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Research Focus

PennWest California's undergraduate business administration program emphasizes the value of doing research. Students can work one-on-one with individual faculty members, or as part of the discipline-specific research methods course. Students also have the opportunity to work with PennWest California's  Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship. The Center is PennWest California's one-stop shop for all things related to starting and maintaining a successful business. 

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Student Recognition

Student achievement in the business administration program is recognized in several ways. Qualified students can become members of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an honorary economics fraternity; Phi Beta Lambda - Future Business Leaders; Student Accounting Association;  Economics Club; Finance Club; American Marketing Association; and the Society for the Advancement of Management. Outstanding graduating seniors are recognized with awards for excellence.


B.S.B.A. Human Resources Management Courses


Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
CDC 101  Public Speaking
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 181  College Algebra
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
MIS 201  Management Info Systems
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Science
Social Sciences
PSY 100  General Psychology
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • ENG 211  Business Writing  OR  ENG 102  Composition II
  • MAT 225  Business Statistics
  • BUS 281  Management Science I
Business Core Courses 30
ACC 200  Financial Accounting 3
ACC 321  Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 242  Business Law I 3
BUS 381  Management Science II 3
BUS 499  Integrated Strategic Capstone 3
ECO 201  Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO 202  Principles of Macroeconomics 3
FIN 301  Financial Management 3
MGT 300  Principles of Management 3
MKT 300  Principles of Marketing 3
Required Major Courses 18
BUS 342  Business, Government and Society  OR  BUS 345  Business Ethics 3
HRM 300  Principles of Human Resource Mgt. 3
HRM 310  Compensation Mgt. 3
HRM 330  Labor Relations 3
MIS/HRM 322  Human Resource Information Systems 3
HRM 400  Human Resources Strategy and Planning 3
Related Electives 9
HRM 492  HRM Internship 3
ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT courses, 300-level or above not already included in the "Business Core Courses" or "Required Major Courses" above 6
Required Minor/Certificate* 12
Free Electives 10 to 11
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): BUS 499 Integrated Strategic Capstone AND Any ECO, MGT or MKT Writing-Intensive Course
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): BUS 381 Management Science II

* Required Minor/Certificate: Students select one of the following minors or certificates: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Forensic Accounting, Management, Management Information Systems, or Marketing or the Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Certificate in Spanish for Business. Students may select a different minor or certificate, with the approval of their adviser, in which case the 9 credits of "Related Electives" may be fulfilled with courses required for the minor.

These minors are 21 credits; however, 9 of these credits are required in the “Business Core Courses” above. The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate requires 15 credits; however, 3 credits are included in the major courses above."

Program Note: Students who complete dual degrees or dual majors do not have to complete a minor or certificate.

B.S., Business Administration Programs

  • Accounting
  • Arts Administration
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing


Business Administration Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Adam
Associate Professor; MBA Program Coordinator

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Dr. Ahmet Akgun
Associate Professor

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Dr. Vivian Coleen Barney
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Jacob Bethem
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Adnan Chawdhry
Associate Professor

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Dr. Joshua Chicarelli
Associate Professor

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Dr. Paul Hettler

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Dr. Elizabeth Jones
Associate Professor

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Dr. Richard LaRosa
Associate Professor

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Dr. Mark Lennon
Associate Professor

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Dr. Nan Li
Associate Professor

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Dr. Edmund Matecki
Associate Professor

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Dr. James 'Christian' Ola
Associate Professor

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Dr. Susan Ryan

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Dr. Joseph J. Schwerha
Associate Professor

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Dr. Alfred Tarquinio
Adjunct Professor

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Dr. Kimberly Yost
Assistant Professor

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