Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

An organization’s greatest asset is its personnel. There are a variety of human resource roles within an organization that help companies meet their business goals. Planning for both staffing and employee development and job analysis to ensure that job descriptions fit the needed roles within the company are key strategies required for an organization’s growth. Compensation management and performance appraisal are also key areas within the human resources function. This program is designed to help you develop a solid foundation in business while exploring topics related to human resources, such as employment law, the employment process, compensation and benefits, training and development, employee motivation, employee safety, and labor relations.

We can help you learn how to:

  • Develop a personnel selection process for a specific position
  • Establish performance standards for a job and select methods of performance appraisal
  • Evaluate the relative worth of a set of jobs and determine a compensation structure
  • Determine appropriate disciplinary action for a given situation
  • Create change strategies for collaborative group relations

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Degree Requirements

General Education
BUSN125Applied Business Mathematics4.5
COMP101Introduction to Computers4.5
COMP102Introduction to Computers Lab1.5
ENGL106English Composition I4.5
ENGL107English Composition II4.5
HUMA205Art Appreciation4.5
HUMA215Topics in Cultural Studies4.5
PRES111Presentation Essentials4.5
SCIE207Biology Lab1.5
SCIE210Environmental Science4.5
SCIE211Environmental Science Lab1.5
General Education Electives (1)4.5
Total Credit Hours:58.5

General Electives

A combination of 8 electives dependent on Program

Total Credit Hours:36

Students enrolled in the Fashion Marketing Specialization Option are required to take: FASH 212, Historical and Contextual Studies, in place of HUMA 205 Art Appreciation; and FASH 209, Fashion Cycle, in place of one General Elective.

Lower Division Core
ACCT205Principles of Accounting I4.5
BUSN105Introduction to Business4.5
BUSN150Legal and Ethical Environment of Business4.5
MKTG205Principles of Marketing4.5
Total Credit Hours:18
Upper Division Core
ACCT310Managerial Accounting4.5
BUSN311Quantitative Methods and Analysis4.5
FINA310Financial Management4.5
MGMT310Management and Leadership of Organizations4.5
MGMT315Survey of Human Resource Management4.5
MGMT305Management Information Systems4.5
Total Credit Hours:27

Specialization Options

Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the Bachelors of Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resource Management fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines, created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013, are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

MGMT332Employee Recruitment and Selection4.5
MGMT335Personnel and Organization Policy4.5
MGMT338Employee Compensation and Benefits4.5
MGMT340Building Teams and Resolving Conflict4.5
MGMT345Diversity in the Workforce4.5
MGMT402Employment and Labor Law4.5
MGMT438Training and Development4.5
MGMT442Performance Management and Employee Services4.5
MGMT499Program Capstone4.5

Total Credit Hours: 180

AIU's Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), with all its specializations, is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

At AIU, more of the courses you will take in this specialization will be devoted to your area of interest, on average, than at other similar schools. For a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Human Resource Management, your classes can include:

Employee Recruitment and Selection

This course examines the process of recruitment, selection, and human resource record keeping in organizations. Topics covered for the essential functions of recruitment and selection include ethics, legal requirements, job analysis, job descriptions, and selection tools. It also presents how the effective management of people and jobs depends on accurate, reliable, comprehensive, and current personnel information. This course presents the practical approaches to managing these invaluable human resource records.

Personnel Organization and Policy

In order to select and secure proper human resource for organizational needs, personnel policies must be in place to guide personnel selection, compensation planning and performance management. In addition, policies must be established for progressive disciplinary process and motivational alternatives. These policies must be linked with organizational strategy to develop human resources as a competitive advantage. They must also be linked with proper career management and employee retention activities. This course covers the basic aspects of policy writing for selection, performance management, disciplinary process, employee motivation, and career management.

Building Teams and Resolving Conflict

This course examines principles of team building and conflict resolution. Methods of building cohesive teams and diffusing confrontation will be discussed. Students will also explore the opportunities and challenges that arise from a diverse workforce.

Diversity in the Workforce

This course addresses the experience of work as it varies with gender and ethnic background. Topics include work-related stereotypes and attitudes, discrimination and harassment, career choice, occupational segregation, employment patterns, group differences related to fair testing and employment practices, and the relationship of diversity to processes such as supervision, leadership, mentoring and power.

Employee Compensation and Benefits

Compensation plays a critical role in modern organizations. An effective compensation system enables the organization to achieve organizational goals, improve productivity, and motivate employees. This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of compensation and benefits.

Employment and Labor Law

The goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of the legal environment of the modern workplace, including an awareness of the legal, social, economic and political forces impacting the law, and responsive strategies for the business manager. Some of the key areas covered include the law impacting the workplace, the employer-employee contract, anti-discrimination law, employee testing and privacy, regulatory agencies, retirement compensation, workers compensation, and other statutory rights.

Training and Development
This course examines the various training and human resource development techniques utilized by corporations to improve employee and organizational effectiveness. The focus will be on needs assessment and analysis, training design and implementation, evaluation techniques, and management succession planning.
Performance Management and Employee Services

In this course, students will learn to effectively organize, develop, create, and manage a business. The main objective of the course is to experience the challenges of starting and financing a new company. The main focus will be in-depth exposure to the process of starting and scaling an enterprise from an idea and business plan into a company, examining and exploring the entrepreneurial process, and analyze business decisions that entrepreneurs face.

Survey of Human Resource Management

This course will cover all basic aspects of the field of Human Resources Management. Topics to be discussed will include Employment Law, The Employment Process, Compensation and Benefits, Training and Development, Employee Motivation, Employee Safety, and Labor Relations. This course will also offer a selection of topics that will provide students with the opportunity to delve deeper into specialized areas and explore "hot topics" in Human Resources.

Management and Leadership of Organizations

This course examines the elements of management and leadership as they apply to modern organizations. Special emphasis is placed on organizational change, role of managers, and cultural differences found in today's management environment.

Management Information Systems

This course focuses on management of information systems. Topics include resources, information systems in an organization, social implications and use and evaluation of common microcomputer software packages.

Program Capstone

The emphasis in this course is on applying and synthesizing concepts and techniques from all previous business/concentrations courses. The class sessions are designed to familiarize students with the many dimensions of business, with special emphasis on the area of specialization.

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Course content subject to change.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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Ways to Save

Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Military Discounts– AIU Online offers a 45% tuition discount to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition discount to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience

For more information, download AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience
Career Paths

Career Paths

What can you do with a BBA in Human Resources Management? 

Pursuing a career in human resources management means getting involved in the work life and culture of a company and its employees, and making real decisions that impact a large number of people. This important field is expected to grow 9% through 2024—faster than average.1

Key Areas of Expertise

A career in human-resource management often involves:

●     Employee recruitment and selection

●     Organizational policy

●     Team building

●     Conflict resolution

●     Employee compensation and benefits

●     Labor law

●     Training and development

●     Maintaining high performance

●     Strategic management of human assets

Who Uses HR Management

Many types of organizations throughout the U.S. rely on HR management to help keep them running smoothly:


●     Private companies

●     Local governments

●     Employment services

●     Hospitals

●     Office administrative services


1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Human Resources Managers, on the Internet at (visited June 27, 2016).

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