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