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Business, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in human resource management

Special requirements

The foundation program specifies course work required during the freshman and sophomore years. Students are eligible for admission into the advanced business program with a major in the School of Business upon meeting the minimum cumulative GPA requirement and successful completion of:

  • A minimum of 54 credits in the foundation program
  • ACCT 203 and 204 Introduction to Accounting I and II
  • BUSN 201 and 202 Foundations of Business I and II
  • BUSN 225 Winning Presentations
  • ECON 210 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • INFO 160, 161, 162 and another 16x course
  • SCMA 212 Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business (or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry )
  • UNIV 111 and 112 Focused Inquiry I and II, and UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument (with a minimum grade of C in UNIV 112 and 200)

The admission requirements for the School of Business detail the deadlines for students to be admitted to the advanced business program with a major in the school. At least 30 hours of the required business courses for the Bachelor of Science must be taken at VCU.

Students may need to take additional mathematics courses as prerequisites to SCMA 212 or MATH 200. These credits will count as electives in the foundation program. The sample curriculum outline includes SCMA 171 since many of our students will need to complete this course.

The INFO 160, 161, 162 and 165 requirements may be waived upon successful completion of a Knowledge Equivalency Test administered by the Office of Undergraduate Studies. No more than two additional credits may be applied to the degree from the INFO 16x series.

No more than four credits in physical education courses may be applied to the degree.

PSYC 214 and INTL 493 may not be counted toward a business degree.

The concentration in human resource management gives students a broad overview of the knowledge base and applications used by professionals in the field. Students receive exposure to a wide range of topics reflecting the body of knowledge required for the Professional in Human Resources certification exam administered by the HR Certification Institute. After graduation, students are prepared for employment in the public or private sector as human resource management generalists or as specialists in human resource management functions such as recruiting, compensation management or benefits administration.

Learning goals

The goal of the curriculum for the human resource management concentration is for students to understand human resource management concepts and principles needed to design and implement policies and practices that enhance an organization?s ability to attract, motivate, develop and retain effective employees.

Degree requirements for Business, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in human resource management

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Understand the basic functions and responsibilities of human resource management
  • Identify, evaluate and provide solutions to problems relevant to human resource management
Business Foundation (63 credits) Credits
General Education Requirements  
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy (SCMA 212 Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry) 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Business General Education requirement (16 credits)  
BUSN 225 Winning Presentations 3
ECON 210 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
INFO 160 Digital Literacy: Computer Concepts, Internet, Digital Devices 1
INFO 161 Digital Literacy: Word Processing Skills I 1
INFO 162 Digital Literacy: Spreadsheets Skills I 1
INFO 165 Digital Literacy: Spreadsheet Skills II 1
Business General Education elective (Select credits from the approved list.) 3
Additional Business Foundation requirements (23-26 credits)  
ACCT 203 and 204 Introduction to Accounting I and II 6
BUSN 201 and 202 Foundations of Business I and II 6
SCMA 302 Business Statistics II 3
Open electives 8-11
Advanced business program (57 credits)  
Advanced business core (33 credits)  
FIRE 311 Financial Management 3
INFO 360 Business Information Systems 3
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3
MGMT 319 Organizational Behavior 3
MGMT 434 Strategic Management (capstone) 3
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3
SCMA 301 Business Statistics I 3
SCMA 302 Business Statistics II 3
SCMA 320 Production/Operations Management 3
SCMA 323 Legal Environment of Business 3
SCMA 325 Organizational Communication 3
Major requirements (24 credits)  
MGMT 331 Human Resource Management 3
MGMT 389 Managerial Skills Development 3
MGMT 431 Strategic Human Resource Management 3
MGMT 433 Compensation Management 3
Approved general management elective 3
Approved global elective 3
Approved human resources electives (choose two) 6
Total minimum requirement 120

Business general education electives

Additional University Core Education Curriculum approved courses
Any foreign language course
Any honors-designated course taught outside of the School of Business
Any of the following UNIV courses:
UNIV 211 Food for Thought
UNIV 213 The Truth About Lying
UNIV 217 Finding Your Voice in Contemporary Society
UNIV 222 Pseudoscience
UNIV 299 What?s the Big Idea?

Approved general management electives
BUSN 400 Principles of Consulting
FIRE 309 Risk and Insurance
MGMT 491 Topics in Management (variable, with no more than 6 credits total)
SCMA 350 Introduction to Project Management
SCMA 439 Introduction to Quality Management and Six Sigma

Approved global electives
BUSN 401 International Consulting Practicum
ECON/INTL 329 International Economics
MGMT/INTL 418 International Management
MGMT/INTL 446 International Human Resource Management
MKTG/INTL 320 International Marketing
SCMA 329/INTL 327 Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Approved human resource electives
FIRE/MGMT 444 Occupational Safety, Health and Security
FIRE 449 Employee Benefit Planning
MGMT 403 Human Resource Development
MGMT 420 Labor and Employment Relations
MGMT 447 Human Resource Information Systems
MGMT 493 Internship in Management
PSYC 310 Industrial Psychology
SCMA 427 Employment Law

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