Teddy T. and Cecilia M.

Bachelor of Arts in
Management (BAM),
Human Resource

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The Bachelor of Arts in Management (BAM) degree prepares you for a career managing organizations and personnel in global, multicultural settings, covering a variety of industries. Foundational courses provide essential skills and knowledge for building and guiding teams, facilitating work processes, analyzing data, and making better decisions regarding market opportunities, finances, and the business environment.

For maximum flexibility, the program minimizes prerequisites while offering seven different areas of management specialization.

The Human Resource (HR) Management specialization provides you with the knowledge and skills to effectively support employees and improve the overall performance of an organization while promoting its culture, values, and strategies. As a professional in the fast-growing field of HR, you’ll help select and guide job candidates, facilitate training, determine salaries and protocols, and enable employees and organizations to reach their goals and objectives.

Admission Requirements

In preparation for your Bachelor of Arts in Management studies, you’re required to complete the following courses or equivalents:

  • ECO 203 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 204 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • LAW 204 – Legal Aspects of Business I

Course Details

Required Courses

For the Bachelor of Arts in Management degree with a specialization in Human Resource Management, you must complete ten foundational courses and six specialization courses.

Foundational Course Listings

Course Name

An introduction to the roles of managers and the vision, mission, and goals of organizations. This course investigates management theories and explores the four primary functions of managers: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. You’ll explore issues related to human resource management, organizational structure and behavior, creative problem solving, effective communication, and the management of teams, change, and innovation.

This course is an introduction to contemporary marketing theory and practice in both the local and global marketplace. You’ll examine basic concepts of marketing with an emphasis on market positioning, segmentation, and targeting, as well as product development and distribution.

An examination of concepts for managing the production of goods and the operation of services. This course focuses on managing customer needs through continuous process improvement, cost management, quality management, and reducing waste throughout every process. Additional topics of study include production strategy, product and process design, inventory management, and supply chain management.

An overview of information systems (IS) infrastructure and its utilization in today’s global business environment. The use of technological tools and the role of information systems within organizations will be explored from strategic, tactical, and operational viewpoints. You’ll learn how to choose and utilize information to gain a competitive advantage in industry and the marketplace.

This course introduces upper-division undergraduate students to the accelerating globalization of all business. You’ll explore international business through a series of case studies that illustrate concepts and methods within three broad subject areas: (1) the economic framework of international business, (2) the operating structures of multinational corporations, and (3) a guide for global strategic management.

A survey of the core issues in leadership practice. This course looks at differing theories and styles of collaborative, integrative, organizational leadership. After doing a deep dive into these approaches, you’ll compare and contrast them with more authoritarian or management-by-edit tactics within organizations.

In this course, you’ll study the impact individuals, groups, and structures have on behavior within organizations. The focus is on work-related behavior and how individual and group performance relates to organizational productivity. You’ll explore the development of interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence to achieve greater equity and inclusion. The goal is to help all employees, supervisors, and managers improve their fulfillment and effectiveness.

An overview of the many human resource management activities performed in the modern workplace. Topics of study include human resource planning, job analysis, staffing and recruitment, selection and retention, training and talent development, compensation and benefits, legal aspects, DE&I, performance management, labor relations, ethics, and health and safety.

An exploration of business values and ethics through both a local and international lens. You’ll examine moral philosophies, values, conflict of interests, discrimination, business cultures, and ethical standards with a critical eye. You’ll also study the ethical leadership of people, technology, and sustainability, and how to develop and implement all of these through ethical business programs.

In this capstone management course, you’ll apply strategic principles to the development, organization, financing, and operations of a business enterprise. Coursework will integrate and apply the knowledge and skills gained in previous business and management courses to create an overall competitive strategy.

Specialization Courses

Course Name

This course explores the fundamentals of wage and salary programs. Topics of study include job evaluations, salary surveys, pay structure adjustment, benefits programs, employee incentives and service programs, and linking performance to extrinsic and intrinsic rewards. You’ll also look at human resource information systems (HRIS) and how synthesizing pay, benefits administration, and HR technology can produce practical programs for attracting, motivating, and retaining a diverse workforce.

An analysis of the legal and regulatory issues faced by human resource managers in the workplace. You’ll evaluate EEO laws, compliance requirements, and employee liability prevention while focusing on creating DE&I policies that avoid discrimination and create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. In addition, you’ll learn to recognize potential legal issues in the workplace by reviewing federal statutes and discussing and analyzing related case law.

This course explores and defines the relationship between organizational development, career systems, and talent management in HR practice. Coursework will examine these topics as they relate to helping practitioners achieve organizational goals while identifying and developing employee talent. You’ll study the theory and practice of assisting individuals while facilitating greater compatibility between individual, team, and organizational growth and change.

In this course, you’ll evaluate the strategic direction of an organization as it relates to assessing and filling jobs. You’ll examine the entire employment cycle, from initial recruitment and hiring through subsequent placement, onboarding, and retention. DE&I theories — and the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion — will be examined as you explore staffing needs, job analysis, interviewing, screening, evaluating, and promoting.

Select Two Upper-Division Elective Courses in the Following Prefix Areas: HRM, LED, or ODV.

Learning Outcomes

Students earning the Bachelor of Arts in Management degree with a Human Resource Management specialization will learn to:

  • Describe and understand various types of compensation and incentive programs and their effectiveness in attracting, motivating, and retaining qualified individuals
  • Identify the responsibilities of managers and supervisors in the prevention of liability arising from employment relationships
  • Define the interrelationship of the three main areas of HR development
  • Identify staffing needs and recruitment processes via job analysis information
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