Business Management

With a Human Resource Management Concentration

The Business Management program offers students an integrated management core, which helps students develop knowledge, skills, and values related to becoming competent managers and successful candidates for entry into graduate school. With a Human Resources Management concentration, students will develop and polish the skills and experience in coordinating the administrative functions of an organization, hiring and training employees, handling inter-company disputes, working with HR software, and other skills that will be important to their job on day one.

Human Resources Management students begin by learning core business fundamentals, then work to develop analytical and critical thinking skills in the domain of Human Resources, as well as the ability to design and implement successful HR programs. Graduates are prepared to get hired, make an impact in their field and develop the skillset to continue learning, improving and keeping up with inevitable shifts in the labor market throughout their human resources career.

In the Business Management with a Human Resources Management Concentration Program, you will:

  • Master the ability to apply qualitative, quantitative, and information technology tools for effective decision-making
  • Engage the methods of inquiry and analysis
  • Develop a general understanding and appreciation of the role of business
  • Reflect on and engage critically with ethical issues in management
  • Develop and evaluate training and development programs using best practices in professional instructional design, including the ability to meaningfully gauge the impact of training programs
  • Analyze and apply processes and procedures surrounding compensation management
  • Identify and apply relevant employment and labor laws to a given human resources initiative
  • Assess the scale of businesses risks associated with a given human resources initiative, including and exceeding those posed by compliance needs

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Gain Theoretical and Practical Experience

The Human Resources Management program was created in collaboration with Tiffin University to prepare well-rounded, high-performing graduates. Sample projects include building a compensation plan and developing a training program.

Program Highlights

$121,220 Median Salary

Logisticians in human resources management earn an average starting salary of $121,220 a year – and enjoy a position of influence!

9% growth over the next decade

Not only does every company need human resources, demand for recruiting professionals has jumped 63% since 2016.

Ranked #14 for Best Business Jobs

U.S. News and World Report ranked HR Specialist at #14 for best business jobs. 

Program Overview

Career Options

& Average Salaries

Career Options with this major include but are not limited to:

  • Human Resources Manager – $116,720
  • Human Resources Assistant – $41,430
  • Payroll Specialist – $46,180
  • Training & Development Specialist – $61,210
  • Employee Relations Manager – $94,797
  • Compensation Specialist – $64,560

In addition, students may pursue Business Management to prepare for graduate school.


Delivered in Partnership with Rize Education

This curriculum was developed with the help of Tiffin University and is based largely on its current offering in Human Resource Management. After hearing that Human Resources was an area that employers were interested in hiring recent college graduates for, we worked with Tiffin to put together an illustrative major in Human Resource Management that would be compatible with most business degrees. This initial draft was then adjusted based on conversations with industry professionals, who provided help in determining which courses delivered the skills most desired in today’s labor market. Going forward, we will continue to look to HR professionals to help us tweak this curriculum based on current industry trends.


Faculty Members of Tiffin University, Subject Matter Expert

All of the Human Resource Management courses offered through the LCMC were developed within the business department at Tiffin University. Founded in 1888, Tiffin has an incredibly strong track record of delivering quality education to students. Furthermore, Tiffin has vast experience in providing distance education and has invested in classroom technology, 24 hour IT services, and other key areas intended to lead to positive learning outcomes for off-campus students. Tiffin University’s School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Professional Advisors

During the creation of this curriculum, we consulted with HR professionals and hiring managers throughout the country to ensure that the learning outcomes of this major aligned with industry demand. Though the majority of these conversations were held with large-scale Fortune 500 employers, where Human Resources is the most impactful, we also held discussions with smaller businesses to ensure that the skills learned in this major are universally applicable. Lastly, we consulted a group of recent college graduates in Human Resources to ensure that this curriculum covered important, on-the-job skill sets that were lacking in their own educations.

Frequently Asked Questions

A degree isn’t a necessity, but it will probably help you get hired. When you earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a Human Resources Management concentration, you may have an advantage in both earning potential and salary. People with a bachelor’s degree also have a 50% lower rate of unemployment, and on average, they make an additional $630,000 to $900,000 over their lifetime—even more in high-growth fields like supply chain!

People with a college degree working in Human Resources earn an average of $25,000 more than managers without them across different seniority levels.

Yes! We want to ensure our program teaches you the skills you need to get hired and work through real-world problems that matter. The best way to do that is to partner with the people and companies who are actually doing it. Our collaboration with Fortune 500 companies and subject matter experts means their multi-billion-dollar expertise is reflected in everything you’ll study here.

That’s really up to you! Supply Chain is a big field, so you’ll have lots of options. Typically, you’ll discover what you’re passionate about in your second or third year. For example, if you are a people person, you may enjoy working in talent management. Or, if the idea of finding top talent and building an amazing team appeals to you, you may lean towards being a recruiter.

If you are interested in collaborating with other people, if you have a knack for creative problem solving, if you are looking for a degree that opens a ton of doors to different high-growth careers, if you want to have a job that never gets boring, and if you want to gain a skill set that makes you more and more valuable as your career progresses, you should consider this major.

This concentration is part of an exclusive partnership between Calumet College of St. Joseph and Rize Education, which means you’ll be learning with students from your campus, as well as students from a selective consortium of schools across the country. The goal is to help you build a national network of people in your industry before graduating.


Catherine Lopez-Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Business; Program Director, Business Management Fast Track

John Lohrentz, M.S.

Program Director; Cyber Security

Roy Scheive, Ed.D.

Associate Professor; Program Director, Master of Science in Management


Objectives and requirements

Upon completion of this program, it is expected that students will:
  • Demonstrate mastery of the theories, principles and practices of management and the ability to apply qualitative, quantitative, and information technology tools for effective decision making;
  • Be able to engage the methods of inquiry and analysis of the liberal arts and sciences in relationship to the specific situations and problems of management in order to become reflective practitioners;
  • Have developed a general understanding and appreciation of the role of business and management in local, national, and world economies; and
  • Demonstrate the capability to reflect on and engage critically with ethical issues in management, particularly questions of social responsibility and professional decision making.

120 credit hours

The following courses are required for a baccalaureate degree:

38 hours: General Education

27 hours: Requisites for the Major
BSMT 120 Management Thought, Principles and Practice
BSMT 260 Organizational Behavior and Development
BSMT 261 Applied Management
ACCT 210 Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 211 Principles of Accounting II
CMIS 225 Microcomputer Applications
ECON 210 Principles of Economics I
ECON 211 Principles of Economics II
MATH 171 Principles of Statistics or PSY 230 Statistics for Behavioral Science

27 hours: Upper Level Courses in Major
ECON 480 International Business
BSMT 320 Human Resources in Management
BSMT 350 Business Communication
BSMT 375 Business and Professional Ethics
BSMT 379 Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
BSMT 400 Marketing Management
BSMT 440 Financial Management
BSMT 489 Strategic Management and Decision Making
BSMT ___ (upper level course only)

28 hours: Electives

Although the baccalaureate degree in Business Management does not require a concentration per se, four concentrations are available to students. All of the courses included in these concentrations are housed in other academic programs. All are offered in an accelerated format.

Human Resources Concentration (15 hours)
The following six courses are required:

ORMN 467 Employment Law in the Workplace
ORMN 470 Compensation and Benefits
ORMN 473 Labor Relations
ORMN 476 Training and Development
ORMN 480 Strategic Management of Human Resources

59 credit hours

The following courses are required for an associate’s degree:

35 hours: General Education

24 hours: Requisites for the Major
CMIS 225 Business Microcomputer Applications
ECON 210 Principles of Economics I
ECON 211 Principles of Economics II
BSMT 120 Management Thought, Principles and Practice
BSMT 260 Organizational Behavior and Development
BSMT 261 Applied Management
ACCT 210 Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 211 Principles of Accounting II

12 credit hours

The following courses are required for a concentration:
BSMT 349 Total Compensation Management
BSMT 420 Employment Law
BSMT 425 HR Risk Management
BSMT 476 Training & Development

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