BBA Human Resource Management

Program Features

The field of human resource management encompasses various specialties, including compensation, recruiting, benefits administration, and labor relations. There is also a need for the generalist whose knowledge of human resource management covers a number of different human resource management functions. One of the most important career directions for all human resource management professionals is to have the necessary business knowledge, technology skills, interpersonal communications, and understanding of strategic processes to assist an organization in achieving its goals.

Career Benefits

The profession of Human Resource Management (HRM) has become an important strategic partner with management in operations and in the achievement of goals in almost all organizations, private, government, and nonprofit. All organizations have recognized the importance of building human assets of the organization and creating an environment that enhances culture, efficiency, employee satisfaction, and productivity. As a profession, human resource management plays a vital, strategic role in developing and maintaining this culture. Human resource management is a dynamic field of study, constantly changing, requiring the continuous updating of knowledge and competencies of many related business disciplines.

Coupled with the right work experience, graduates from this program may qualify for the following career opportunities:

  • Benefits Specialist
  • Payroll Administrator
  • HR Generalist
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • HR Manager
  • Compensation and Benefit Analyst


One of the career requirements for all human resource management professionals is to attain certification through the national association, SHRM - the Society for Human Resource Management. Cleary University course work prepares students to take the examination for Professional Human Resource certification.

Undergraduates are eligible to take the PHR examination up to one year after graduation from Cleary University, before the required two years of related HRM work experience has been accomplished. Upon passing the PHR certification examination, the designation of PHR will be awarded after the graduate completes two years of HRM-related experience.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and evaluate practices concerning recruitment and selection, manage performance, maximize employee contribution, manage learning processes, utilize effective employment relations, resolve differences and gain commitment, motivate staff and reward contributions, and deliver equity and fairness
  • Explain strategy development, and discuss and evaluate the connection between business and human resource strategy
  • Identify and discuss ethical implications of human resource management related situations and decisions, and develop appropriate professional stances on these topics
  • Identify, describe, analyze, and evaluate current strategic issues in human resource management
  • Summarize organization theory, describe the effect of culture, discuss issues influencing structural choices, and assess the impact of different organizational forms on human resource policy and practice
  • Analyze and evaluate human resource specialists’ contribution, their specific skills, and ethical and professional issues of concern to them

Student Entry Requirements

 The Human Resource Management BBA entry requirements are designed to ensure a high quality academic experience and student success. 

Admission to the Human Resource Management BBA requires:  

  • An awarded Associate Degree from a regionally accredited institution, or a minimum of 90 transfer quarter-credits (60 semester credits) that satisfy a credit distribution requirement
  • An additional 33 quarter-credits (22 semester credits) in general education and elective courses. This requirement can be comprised of transfer credits, prior learning credits or courses taken at Cleary University.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in transfer courses.




Required Courses

  • PJT 492 - Professional Project II

    PJT 492 builds upon the work completed in PJT 491 and involves data analysis, evaluation of alternatives, development of recommendations, and writing the project report. The student begins to present the results/findings of the research conducted. A draft of all inferences made from the data is presented, as are any charts and/or tables that support those inferences. PJT 492 will address two important goals: (1) interpret and discuss the findings of the research and (2) understand and apply recommendations and conclusions to the quantitative research. Successful completion of PJT 492 requires a C grade or higher.

  • PJT 491 - Professional Project I

    This course allows a student to complete an individualized project on a topic selected and planned with the faculty mentor. Preference is given to selecting topics that solve problems or make contributions for the students’ employers by applying business concepts students learned in their majors. Project types may include: a new venture or product plan, a process or product improvement, or an analysis of a significant workplace problem. PJT 491 is designed to complete five important goals: (1) identify the problem statement or topic, (2) write the problem (topic) description, (3) write the project plan, (4) begin the literature review, and, (5) plan and begin gathering information or data needed to support project development. Some project types will follow different goals that the faculty mentor and student will create. The student and the mentor engage in discussions regarding possible topics for the Professional Project. The discussions should focus on the background experiences and academic major of the student. Upon selection of a topic, discussions shift to the mechanics of constructing the series of drafts that lead to the final document required for PJT 491. PJT 491 is a required class. Students must earn a final grade of C or better to move to PJT 492.

  • MGT 340 - Managing Projects and Processes in Organizations

    This course is designed to provide basic project management skills with a strong emphasis on issues and problems associated with delivering successful application projects. The course will address the particular issues encountered in handling projects and will offer students methods, techniques, and hands-on experience in dealing with successful project completion.

  • MTH 330 - Analysis for Business

    This course provides a general understanding of basic statistical analysis for business. Areas of study include probability, random variable, discrete and continuous distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence interval, correlation, and regression.

  • FIN 410 - Managerial Finance

    Students will receive foundation information regarding important concepts, issues, and tools needed to effectively finance and fiscally manage a business organization. Emphasis will be placed on establishing realistic start-up costs, financial planning and control, and cash flow analysis.

  • ACC 400 - Accounting for Managers

    This course highlights fundamental business accounting. The focus includes the accounting cycle and financial statement preparation (primarily the income statement and balance sheet); basic cost concepts, budget preparation, and relevant cost analysis.

  • MTH 3440 - Quantitative Business Analysis

    This course provides a comprehensive coverage of the critical thinking skills used in statistical analysis. Areas of study include probability, random variables, discrete and continuous distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence interval, correlation, and regression.

  • MGT 4000 - Management Skills Seminar

    This course provides students with the tools to successfully inspire, empower, and develop people. Students will learn advanced skills in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling individuals and teams. Skill development topics such as meeting facilitation, communication, conflict management, and stress and time management will be studied. Current trends will be featured.

  • ECO 3200 - Managerial Economics

    This course provides a managerial viewpoint of macro- and microeconomic concepts that shape business environments. Macroeconomic topics include national accounts and income determination; monetary and fiscal policy; Federal Reserve System; and employment, inflation, and growth. Microeconomic topics include market structure, price theory, and supply and demand. The emphasis in this course is the business manager’s viewpoint, building an understanding of the relationship of economic theory to management practice and decision making.

  • BCS 4400 - Technology and the Organization

    Today's competitive business environment requires managers at all levels to understand the role technology plays in the organization. By challenging the paradigm of how students currently view the role of technology in the organization, the student is moved to view technology as a tool to gain competitive advantages in the marketplace.

  • QTY 4320 - Quality Management

    This course will explore the interaction of quality theory and classic management theory. Students will learn how organizations use quality practices and policies in normal operations. Participants will familiarize themselves with the history and philosophy of quality and its practical application in business, industry, education, health care, and government. Different approaches to performance improvement, including models and standards, will be explored. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply these theories to improve organizational performance. The content of this course is drawn largely from materials for individuals preparing to take the ASQ Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence Certification Examination.

  • ACC 4012 - Financial and Managerial Accounting

    This course introduces fundamental concepts in financial accounting, which are used to create financial statements for external users. The focus is on the accounting cycle and financial statement preparation (primarily the income statement and balance sheet).

  • MTH 1800 - Introduction to Business Statistics

    The ability of students to enhance their capacity to gather and analyze meaningful data using a variety of statistical techniques, is essential to business success. Topics include graphical and numerical descriptive methods for describing data, such as frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, and dispersion.

  • MKT 4150 - Interactive Marketing

    This course explores marketing principles combined with Web-based strategies in an effort to reach customers and build individual relationships. Tools such as electronic advertising, direct e-mail, and electronic commerce are studied. Value analysis will be used to determine the individual customer’s contribution to profit, Web metrics, and analysis of buyer behavior.

  • MGT 4200 - International Business

    This course stresses the synergy/connection between environment and culture, and the strategy and functions of business management. It further provides an overview of the functions of business in an international context. Basic economic principles are studied in international markets including micro- and macroeconomics, fiscal and monetary policies, and banking. Factors affecting foreign trade and multinational business are explored, especially the various social, political, technical, and economic complexities of doing business in foreign countries.

  • LAW 3200 - Business Ethics and Legal Issues

    This course provides an understanding of the body of legal principles that govern the structure and conduct of business organizations. This survey course covers such topics as the legal environment of business, regulatory environments affecting business, business-to-business relationships, and business ethics and social responsibility.

  • FIN 2000 - Introduction to Business Finance

    Students will understand financial terms, financial statements, financial ratios, and how they affect the operations of a business corporation. This course is meant to be an introduction to finance and accounting for all students who may have budget, profit and loss responsibilities, and intend to contribute to the financial success of their companies. This is a basic finance course for students aspiring to be entrepreneurs and non-financial professionals.

  • ENG 1600 - Business Composition

    Students will acquire writing skills necessary to prepare for advanced business courses. Students start at a fundamental level, beginning with an introduction to writing, moving on to writing strategies, and concluding with methods of development. This course presents writing as a means of exploring, developing, confirming, and communicating ideas. Students will apply the basic principles of language structure and become more familiar with APA documentation.

  • ECO 2500 - Macroeconomics

    National and international economic policies have powerful and direct effects on business operations. Business fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, monetary and fiscal policies, and international trade are discussed in the course.

  • BAC 3000 - Business Research and Communication

    This course introduces the transfer student to academic resources: distance technology; project-based learning; working in teams; academic policies, processes and expectations; and the accelerated learning environment. Cleary’s online environment is introduced and explained. Students learn how to use electronic resources to conduct research, analyze findings, and report results in written and oral form. The research and writing processes are introduced and used to create academic papers and business reports. Plagiarism and academic ethics are discussed and students learn how to properly acknowledge research sources using APA format. Students learn to make effective formal presentations for local and remote audiences.

  • ENT 405 - Creativity and Innovation

    Creativity, innovation, and risk taking are essential to the success of the entrepreneur. This class will aid students in unlocking their inner potential and focus on “thinking outside the box”. Students will also learn strategies for dealing with rejection and negativity.

  • LAW 435 - Human Resources Law

    This course focuses on the ever-changing legal landscape of Human Resources. The course covers statutory and case law with emphasis on the Title VII Civil Rights Act, Equal Pay Act, Age Discriminations in Employment Act, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, National Labor Relations Act as amended, FLSA, minimum wage, overtime provisions, case law addressing harassment, employment at will, conflict of interest, non-compete, verbal contracts, and employee handbooks.

  • HRM 470 - Organizational Staffing Principles and Practices

    This course analyzes the strategic functions of organizational staffing as they relate to organizational planning, internal and external recruitment, technology-based recruitment, and retaining employees. Best practices in recruitment making use of technology are evaluated for securing qualified applicants. Students explore current techniques in employee selection including development of selection criteria, attracting successful applicants, and applying an effective selection and hiring process. Theories learned in this course are applied through team project assignments.

  • HRM 460 - Compensation and Performance Management Systems

    This course analyzes the strategic components of pay structures and reward systems and their impact on a variety of organizational outcomes such as employee motivation and satisfaction, employee recruitment and retention, individual productivity, and organizational performance. Performance management systems are evaluated including consideration of methods of appraisal, comparison of performance, evaluation systems, and the use of technology in performance rating. Performance feedback methods are also examined including the use of multi-raters and other performance review systems. Students apply course learning through completion of team projects.

  • HRM 450 - Training and Development for Human Resource Professionals

    This course examines the role of training and development in enhancing the competencies and organizational value of employees and management staff. Students design training programs using needs assessment, writing training objectives, designing training delivery, and evaluating the results of training against best practices. E-learning and other technology enhancements in training methods for employees and managers are evaluated. Students explore career development systems and organizational succession planning aimed at increasing employee retention and satisfaction. Students work individually and in teams to complete projects that apply theories learned in the course.

  • HRM 440 - Labor Relations and Legal Issues for Human Resource Managers

    This course examines current state and federal laws and analyzes their importance for organizational policies, practices, and strategies. Current legal trends are evaluated relative to employee behaviors in organizations. Students analyze the changing role of management and labor relations in such areas as labor law, organizing, collective bargaining, and administering a collective bargaining agreement. Trends and issues in labor relations are examined in contemporary organizations. Current research, topics, and issues in labor relations are synthesized and applied in team projects.

  • ACC 2411 - Principles of Accounting I

    This introductory course examines the basic principles of accounting. Students work through the entire accounting cycle by analyzing and posting business transactions, recording adjusting journal entries, and preparing basic financial statements. Accounting systems and controls are also covered.