Prepare Yourself For Leadership
GCU’s BS in Applied Human Resources Management can equip you with the essential skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career in human resources. The degree program emphasizes how industries and organizations use human resources management to enhance their overall performance and success. Courses and assignments allow students to develop the ability to apply these skills in a variety of different contexts and across numerous fields and types of organizations.
Develop Necessary HR Skills With a BS in Human Resources
Each core class within the Bachelor of Science in HR degree program prepares students to handle a different aspect of human resources management, including employee recruitment, selection, placement, retention, total compensation, training, development and performance management. Courses are taught by industry professionals, so students are able to combine theory with the valuable wisdom and experience that their instructors have developed throughout their careers.
The degree program aims to give students a holistic, wide-scale picture of how human resources impacts organizations on the macro level, and also to teach how to manage smaller, more specific facets of human resources. Focus areas within the program include project management, organizational behavior, business communications and employee relations.
The BS in applied HR management integrates the Christian worldview into each course, allowing students to build a faith-based foundation grounded in biblical principles. This Christian perspective pairs with the degree program’s focus on practicing human resources management ethically. The degree shows students how they are able to use their skills to foster a safe, encouraging and equal environment for all members of an organization.
Benefits of a Bachelor’s in Human Resources
The skillset and experience developed through the degree in HR can position graduates to enter the industry prepared to have a direct impact on the success and culture of many different types of organizations. From large, multi-million dollar corporations to small non-profits, students will have learned how to efficiently manage the human aspects of an organization.
Completing this degree program additionally prepares students for the Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) exam, a test which certifies human resources employees. Courses familiarize students with HR concepts and the practical application skills necessary to succeed both on the exam and in their career.
Career Options With an Online HR Degree
Graduates of the program are prepared for positions in talent and human management across many fields and industries, including job titles such as:
- Human Resources Assistant/Coordinator
- Recruiter/Talent Acquisition
- Training and Development Coordinator
- Payroll Specialist
- Human Resources Manager
- Compensation Analyst
- Benefits Manager
- Labor Relations Manager
- Human Resources Generalist
- HR Business Partner
Many HR positions offer significant opportunities for advancement. The background and skills develop through earning a degree in human resources management can even position you for high-level positions at the director or vice president level later on in your career.
Students with a passion for people can find their purpose through a degree in HR. Those with strong skills in communication, leadership and motivation can use the human resources Bachelor of Science degree from GCU to turn these natural abilities into a rewarding and fulfilling career
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.