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Human Resource Management - B.B.A.

Develop your skills for a career in HR with Kent State's B.B.A. in Human Resource Management. Gain practical experience and theoretical knowledge to excel in the dynamic field of HR. Enroll now and take the first step towards a fulfilling career. More info...

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janinna tibbs

“I chose to pursue a degree in business at Kent State because of the amount of support I knew I would receive as I approach each challenge. Being a student leader has allowed me to influence others and gain beneficial knowledge as I network through my journey. ” Janinna Tibbs, Human Resource Management

 

Overview

  • Students develop the tools needed to master compensation and benefits, human resource planning, training and development, performance management, staffing, analyzing and designing jobs, analytics and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, global human resource management and employee relations.
  • The Human Resource program is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification.
  • The HR Forum Series brings HR leaders to campus twice each semester to share knowledge and expertise in the practice of human resources with business students.
  • Students gain valuable work experience with a required internship. Many companies use the internship as an extended job interview.

Program Information

Program Description

Full Description

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management prepares students for leadership positions in human resource departments, including the ability to establish and advance organizational policies and guidelines and to utilize the tools and techniques for developing transformational work environments.

Students learn about employee relations; human resource planning; training and development; performance management; compensation and benefits; global human resource management; staffing, analyzing and designing jobs; strategic human resource management; human resource management analytics; and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Graduates are prepared to become business leaders equipped with the ability to identify, analyze and solve complex human resource and management issues.

Human Resource Management students may apply early to the M.B.A. degree and double count 9 credit hours of graduate courses toward both degree programs. See the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program policy in the University Catalog for more information.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

First-Year Students on the Kent Campus: First-year admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon cumulative grade point average, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. Students not admissible to the Kent Campus may be administratively referred to one of the seven regional campuses to begin their college coursework. For more information, visit the admissions website for first-year students.

First-Year Students on the Regional Campuses: First-year admission to Kent State’s campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent. For more information on admissions, contact the Regional Campuses admissions offices.

International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency unless they meet specific exceptions. For more information, visit the admissions website for international students.

Transfer Students: Students who have attended any other educational institution after graduating from high school must apply as undergraduate transfer students. For more information, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Former Students: Former Kent State students or graduates who have not attended another college or university since Kent State may complete the reenrollment or reinstatement form on the University Registrar’s website.

Admission policies for undergraduate students may be found in the University Catalog.

Some programs may require that students meet certain requirements before progressing through the program. For programs with progression requirements, the information is shown on the Coursework tab.

Transfer Student: A minimum 2.500 overall GPA (effective spring 2023, a minimum 2.000 overall GPA) is required for admission into the program. Students who have previously attended Kent State and have completed COMM 15000, ENG 21011 and MATH 11010 (or placement out of those courses) must have earned a minimum C grade in the course (or their equivalent).

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective human resource management and leadership ability when presented with a human resource-related dilemma or opportunity.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the roles of analytics and ERP systems in making human resource management business decisions.
  3. Identify and analyze global human resource concerns that affect business decisions.
  4. Create and communicate value for all stakeholders in the organization.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of legal issues related to human resource management.

Students earning a B.B.A. degree in Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship are expected to have developed skills in the following critical areas of business:

  1. Core Business Knowledge - Recall the strategic frameworks that are used to make business decisions.
  2. Analytical Skills - Use analytical methodologies and critical thinking skills to evaluate and solve business problems. 
  3. Digital Technology – Demonstrate the technological skills necessary to analyze business problems and develop solutions.
  4. Written Communication - Write effective business communications.
  5. Oral Communication - Make effective business presentations, using appropriate technologies.
  6. Teamwork – Collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose.
  7. Business Ethics – Recognize ethical business dilemmas and use ethical decision making to resolve the dilemma.
  8. Global - Analyze the key global factors when making business decisions.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
HRM 34180HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (min C grade)3
HRM 44183DEVELOPING AND TRAINING HUMAN RESOURCES IN ORGANIZATIONS (min C grade)3
HRM 44185STAFFING HUMAN RESOURCES (min C grade)3
HRM 44445GLOBAL HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (WIC) (min C grade) 13
HRM 44492BUSINESS EXPERIENCE AND INTERNSHIP IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (ELR) (min C grade in either course)3
or HRM 44499 HUMAN RESOURCE BUSINESS CONSULTING AND PROJECTS (ELR)
HRM 44660PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT AND COMPENSATION SYSTEMS (min C grade)3
HRM 44763HUMAN RESOURCE ANALYTICS AND ERP SYSTEMS (min C grade)3
MGMT 34185INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP BEHAVIOR IN ORGANIZATIONS (min C grade)3
Major Electives, choose from the following: (min C grade)6
HRM 34189
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (ELR)
HRM 44091
SEMINAR IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
HRM 44492
BUSINESS EXPERIENCE AND INTERNSHIP IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (ELR) 2
or HRM 44499
HUMAN RESOURCE BUSINESS CONSULTING AND PROJECTS (ELR)
MGMT 34164
ORGANIZATIONAL MENTORING
MGMT 34165
DYNAMICS OF LEADERSHIP
MGMT 34175
LEARNING TO LEAD
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
ACCT 23020INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
ACCT 23021INTRODUCTION TO MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING 3
BA 24056BUSINESS ANALYTICS I 43
BA 34060OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 3
BUS 10123EXPLORING BUSINESS 33
BUS 30062ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 3
CIS 24053INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 3
COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) (min C grade)3
ECON 22060PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
ECON 22061PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
FIN 26074LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS 3
FIN 36053BUSINESS FINANCE 3
MATH 11010ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) (min C grade)3
MATH 11012INTUITIVE CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
or MATH 12002 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR)
MGMT 24163PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3
MGMT 44285INTEGRATED BUSINESS POLICY AND STRATEGY 3
MKTG 25010PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
UC 10001FLASHES 101 1
UC 10162INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 1
Kent Core Composition 56
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credits hour, including 39 upper-division credit hours) 613
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade is required to fulfill the writing intensive requirement.

2

Course used to fulfill a major requirement may not be used to also fulfill a major elective.

3

Student changing their program to one in the college, transferring, or an incoming student with college credit plus credits, may be waived out of BUS 10123 if:

  • 30 or more credit hours have been earned and any two classes (from ACCT 23020, ACCT 23021, FIN 26074, MGMT 24163, MKTG 25010 or CIS 24053) have successfully been completed.
  • 60 or more credit hours have been earned and the student has successfully completed one course (from ACCT 23020, ACCT 23021, FIN 26074, MGMT 24163, MKTG 25010 or CIS 24053)
  • At the discretion of the college dean's office, the student has sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge in a business field (as demonstrated by a CLEP score or Credit by Exam) but does not meet the requirements listed above.
4

Students who have taken MATH 10041 for another program may use it as a substitute for BA 24056.

5

Minimum C grade in ENG 21011 or HONR 20197.

6

Maximum 4 credit hours of Physical Activity, Wellness and Sport (PWS) courses allowed.

Progression Requirements

  • Minimum 2.000 overall GPA
  • Minimum C grade in COMM 15000, ENG 21011, HRM 34180 and MATH 11010.
  • Minimum C grade in all major requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
  • Students must complete at least 50 percent of business credit hours (required for the business degree) in-residence on a Kent State University campus.
  • Students must complete two measures of outcomes assessment as specified by the college for complete satisfaction of the B.B.A. degree.
  • Maximum 4 credit hours of Physical Activity, Wellness and Sport (PWS) courses may be applied toward the degree program.
Roadmap

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
BUS 10123 EXPLORING BUSINESS 3
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
MATH 11010 ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Humanities or Fine Arts 3
Kent Core Composition 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
CIS 24053 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 3
ECON 22060 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
MATH 11012
or MATH 12002
INTUITIVE CALCULUS (KMCR)
or ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR)
3
UC 10162 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 1
Kent Core Composition 3
Kent Core Fine Arts 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
ACCT 23020 INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
ECON 22061 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
FIN 26074 LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS 3
MGMT 24163 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3
Kent Core Basic Sciences 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
ACCT 23021 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING 3
BA 24056 BUSINESS ANALYTICS I 3
BUS 30062 ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 3
MKTG 25010 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
Kent Core Humanities 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
Required for progression in the major: minimum 2.000 overall GPA, minimum C grade in COMM 15000, ENG 21011, MATH 11010 and HRM 34180.  
FIN 36053 BUSINESS FINANCE 3
HRM 34180 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 3
BA 34060 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 3
Kent Core Basic Sciences 3
Kent Core Social Sciences 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
Required: minimum overall 2.000 GPA  
HRM 44763 HUMAN RESOURCE ANALYTICS AND ERP SYSTEMS 3
MGMT 34185 INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP BEHAVIOR IN ORGANIZATIONS 3
Major Elective 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
Required: minimum overall 2.000 GPA  
HRM 44183 DEVELOPING AND TRAINING HUMAN RESOURCES IN ORGANIZATIONS 3
HRM 44185 STAFFING HUMAN RESOURCES 3
HRM 44660 PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT AND COMPENSATION SYSTEMS 3
Major Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
Required: minimum overall 2.000 GPA and completion of the Assurance of Learning Assessment given in MGMT 44285.  
HRM 44445 GLOBAL HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (WIC) 3
HRM 44492
or HRM 44499
BUSINESS EXPERIENCE AND INTERNSHIP IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (ELR)
or HUMAN RESOURCE BUSINESS CONSULTING AND PROJECTS (ELR)
3
MGMT 44285 INTEGRATED BUSINESS POLICY AND STRATEGY 3
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours13
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Compensation and benefits managers

2.5%

slower than the average

18,000

number of jobs

$125,130

potential earnings

Compliance officers

4.6%

about as fast as the average

337,600

number of jobs

$71,100

potential earnings

Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping

-5.0%

decline

123,900

number of jobs

$43,250

potential earnings

Human resources managers

6.3%

faster than the average

165,200

number of jobs

$121,220

potential earnings

Training and development managers

7.3%

faster than the average

42,300

number of jobs

$115,640

potential earnings

Notice:

* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.
$51,000-$59,000
Average Annual Starting Salary
$14/Hour
Average Internship Wage

*Information based on the class of 2022. Salary range represents 25th-75th percentile.

Where can I get a job?

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