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Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources


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Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources

Earn your human resources degree at Ottawa University and master the skills you’ll need to take a leadership position in benefits, recruiting, or training for your organizations HR team.

About Ottawa’s Online Human Resources Degree

Every organization — whether it’s local government … a private corporation … or a non-profit charity — needs a vital HR team of professionals to attract, retain, train and manage employee benefits and programs. At Ottawa University, our online human resources degree program can help you be a vital part of that team. This bachelor’s program is designed to help you increase your human resources skills to positively impact the lives of others.

If you're interested in a rewarding human resources career path, this is the right human resources degree for you, giving you several career-relevant concentrations to choose from, including:

  • Communication
  • Health Care Management
  • Leadership and Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Operations

Human Resource Career Outlook

Human resource planning is essential to keeping employees happy while effective human resource recruitment is necessary for keeping the organization running at peak efficiency. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects overall employment in the HR department for organizations to experience steady growth over the next decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects overall employment for human resources management careers to grow faster than the average for all occupations. This is due in part to legislation and court rulings setting standards in various areas. Rising health care costs should also spur demand for specialists to develop creative compensation and benefits packages that firms can offer prospective employees.

So, if you’re wondering, “What can I do with a human resources degree?” Quite a bit, actually. Career settings in this area can include roles such as a human resource generalist or recruitment specialist. Whichever HR career path you choose to follow, a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Ottawa is the right first step to take.


Both Ottawa University’s Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources and Master of Arts in Human Resources fully align with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Throughout the world, only 252 programs in 201 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides 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. They are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative, created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010, to help the Society define HR education standards taught in university business schools across the nation and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

Discover the Benefits of Earning an Online Human Resources Bachelor’s Degree Ottawa University

  • Generous credit transfer policy – Get credit where credit is due with Ottawa University's generous credit transfer policy that honors past experience – up to 80 credit hours
  • Rich, established history – For more than 150 years, Ottawa University has educated students for lifetimes of enlightened faith, exemplary service, inspired leadership, and personal growth and significance. Today, we remain an inclusive learning community grounded in faith and focused on the career needs of the future
  • Life-friendly online learning options – At Ottawa University, we're committed to your professional growth and development – no matter where you are in life. That's why we offer life-friendly online degree programs for working adults, military personnel and their families, or anyone looking for a flexible and convenient program that can be completed outside the classroom
  • A supportive learning environment – As an online student at Ottawa University, you will collaborate with – and draw upon the expertise and support of – faculty members and ministry professionals who are dedicated to your success

Learn more about our online Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources - contact us now.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

Foundation Courses








MAT 20043 is recommended to fulfill foundation requirement. 


Human Resources Major Courses

Employment Law and Policies |  
Examines development and continuing changes in legislative and judicial influence on the workplace. Special emphasis given to NLRB, OSHA, EEOC, and DOL agencies.

Human Resources Administration |  
Focuses on process and management of personnel function including task specialization, selection and placement, development and training, collective bargaining, appraisal, and compensation.

Employment and Staffing |  
Investigation of policies and procedures used for effective employment and staffing, consideration of external and internal recruitment, selection procedures, internal staffing process, application of job design, and analysis as related to procedures of employment.

Compensation and Benefits |  
Examines human resource functions of salary dministration, job evaluation, compensation, legal requirements, and benefit designs (including medical, life, retirement, and flexible benefits). Emphasis on role of compensation and benefits in attracting, retaining, and motivating employees

Training and Development |  
Studies current principles and practices in personnel planning, employee training and development. Topics include skill assessment, recognition of organizational and individual needs, and establishing learning objectives and methodologies.

Seminar in Applied Human Resources |  
Capstone course that guides student in the integration of functional content areas in the field of professional human resources. Addresses human resource issues and applies human resource theories and techniques to problems and cases through a process of decision-making.

Planning and Budgeting |  
Overview of basic financial systems used in business settings. Includes business planning and budgeting tools and models such as balance sheets, income statements, cash flow analysis, time value of money concepts and project planning techniques.

Behavior in Organizations |  
Study of human behavior in work organizations. Focuses on individual satisfaction and motivation as related to organizational structure, nature of task and locus of power. Topics include small group formation, maintenance, organizational conflict, communications and leadership.

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