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Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources  | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources

About OU's Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources

Advance your HR career with Ottawa University’s Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources (BAHR) degree. As a student of our accelerated online HR program, you will master the skills needed to take a leadership position in benefits, recruiting, or training for organizations in every industry. Whether it be local government, private corporations or non-profit charities, every business or organization needs a vital HR team of professionals to attract, retain, train, and manage employee benefits and programs.

Every organization wants to attract the most qualified employees and match them to jobs for which they are best suited. In the past, human resources specialists performed the administrative function of an organization, such as handling employee benefits questions or recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new staff in accordance with policies established by top management. Today’s human resources specialists manage these tasks, but, increasingly, they also consult with top executives regarding strategic planning. They have moved from behind-the-scenes staff work to leading the company in suggesting and changing policies.

Education and Qualifications

Most positions in human resources require a bachelor’s degree. However, advanced degrees are increasingly becoming more important, which is why many of our graduates go on to complete their Master of Arts in Human Resources or Master in Business Administration. Additionally, specific certifications for specialty areas, as well as national certification for broader human resource competencies, should be considered.

Four BAHR Concentrations

Ottawa’s bachelor’s degree in human resources offers several concentrations that allow you to tailor your degree in an area of specialization, such as:


The curriculum for our accelerated, online HR degree prepares graduates for the workforce. Ottawa University’s human resources degree is designed to help you increase your human resources skills to positively impact the lives of others. Students will understand the challenges of employment and staffing; the complexities of compensation and benefits; the policies and programs that promote employee responsibility, production and satisfaction; and the methods to hire, retain, and terminate employees based on legal policies and ethical parameters that protect both the rights of workers and the interests of the company. Courses may include:

Foundation Courses

Accounting for Business Operations



Business Mathematics

Business Statistics

Business Ethics

Required Major Courses

Employment Law and Policies

Human Resources Administration

Employment and Staffing

Compensation and Benefits

Training and Development

Seminar in Applied Human Resources

Planning and Budgeting

Behavior in Organizations

For curriculum and course descriptions, please download our Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources program overview.

Careers in HR

There are many types of human resources, training, and labor relations managers and specialists. In a small organization, a human resources generalist may handle all aspects of human resources work, and thus requires an extensive range of knowledge. In a large corporation, the director of human resources may supervise several departments, each headed by an experienced manager who most likely specializes in one human resources activity, such as employment and placement; compensation and benefits; training and development; or labor relations. The director may report to a top human resources executive.

Career Outlook for the B.A. in Human Resources

There are a number of HR career paths and advancement opportunities in just about every industry imaginable. This is especially true when considering that every organization wants to attract the most qualified employees and match them to jobs for which they are best suited. For example, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of human resources professionals is projected to grow 7% through 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for human resources specialists was $61,920 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,180, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $105,930.

Human resources workers perform the administrative function of businesses and organizations, such as handling employee benefits questions or recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new staff in accordance with policies established by top management. 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.


Ottawa University’s BAHR degree fully aligns 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.

Perspective on the BAHR

If you’re wondering if it’s worth it and asking yourself, “What can I do with a human resources graduate degree?” think about this: There are a number of HR career paths and advancement opportunities in just about every of industry imaginable. Today, those holding a human resources graduate degree perform beyond the requisite administrative functions, but increasingly consult with top executives regarding strategic planning. They have moved from being behind-the-scenes administrators to leadership roles whereby they are oftentimes involved in changing company policies.

Are you ready to learn more about our Human Resources undergraduate program? Contact us today!

See Also:

Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Management

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Administration

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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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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
The courses in Ottawa University's programs are 100% online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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