Human Resource

Cara Rex, MACC, Chair
Phone: (419) 995-8323
Office: 239 Keese Hall

The objective of the Business Program is to provide quality, up-to-date education for individuals who desire to enter into or advance careers in fields related to accounting, business administration, human resource, marketing, and office administration. All business majors are built on a blend of courses that stimulate critical thinking. Degrees and certificates within the Business Program are designed to prepare students for challenging and rewarding positions in business, industry, education, government, health care, and public service.   Certificates provide an opportunity to secure expertise in special areas of concentration, and students may use most coursework to pursue associate-level degrees.

The Accounting, Business Administration, Human Resource, and Marketing degrees are all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The Human Resource Major provides the practical skills and theory necessary to enter or advance in the human resource department of a small to large organization. Students prepare for generalist careers helping administer management practices, selection and placement, training and development, compensation and benefits, labor and employee relations, plus health, safety, and security. 

This degree can be earned in a fully online format.

Technical Standards

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Human Resource Major

(Available Online Only)

Associate of Applied Business Degree

Structured Course Sequence (4 Semester Plan)

First Year
First SemesterHours
COM 1110 English Composition 3
CPT 1250Computer Applications in the Workplace 3
MGT 1010 Principles of Management 3
MTH 1151
   or MTH 1190
   or MTH 1210
   or MTH 1260
   or MTH 1370
   or MTH 1430
   or MTH 1611
   or MTH 1711
   or MTH 1100
Quantitative Reasoning
   or Finite Mathematics/Business
   or Mathematics I
   or Statistics
   or College Algebra
   or Trigonometry
   or Business Calculus
   or Calculus I
   or Math of Business
PSY 1010 
   or SOC 1010
General Psychology
   or Sociology
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
 Term Hours16
Second Semester
ACC 1010Corporate Accounting Principles 4
COM 2110
   or COM 2213
Public Speaking
   or Verbal Judo
ECN 1430Micro Economics 3
MGT 1250Team Building 3
MGT 2410Employee Selection and Placement 3
 Term Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
AOT 2640Spreadsheet Software and Applications 3
BUS 2100Business Law 3
COM 1160Business Communications 3
MGT 2440Training, Development and Safety 3
MGT 2435Benefits and Compensation 3
 Term Hours15
Second Semester
MGT 2060Employee and Labor Relations 3
MGT 2530   Application in Human Resources 2
MGT 2010Organizational Behavior 3
MGT 2991Practicum 1
MGT 2992Seminar 1
Elective (Must take at least 2 credit hours of elective classes) See Options Below  2
Any Science or Humanities course elective (see list below).  3
 Term Hours15
 Total Hours 62

  If planning to transfer, take MTH 1260 or higher.

See here for Portfolio and Capstone information.

Students should check course prerequisites before registering. Prerequisites are listed in the Course Tab.

Basic/Related Elective Options

ACC 1050Accounting Software (QuickBooks)2
ACC 1121Payroll Accounting2
AOT 1500Computer Presentation Software3
AOT 1650Word Processing Software3
MKT 1010 Principles of Marketing3
MKT 1610Customer Service1
MKT 1620Public Relations1
MKT 2000Digital Marketing and Analytics3

Science and Humanities course electives

BIO 1000Basic Human Structure and Function3
BIO 1090Concepts in Biology4
BIO 1110Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 1120Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 1400Microbiology4
BIO 2121Introduction to Human Genetics4
CHM 1110Introductory General Chemistry4
CHM 1120Introductory Organic and Biochemistry4
GLG 1000Physical Geology4
GLG 1004Historical Geology4
HST 1011Western Civilization I3
HST 1012Western Civilization II3
HST 1333World Civilization I3
HST 1334World Civilization II3
HST 1610 American History to 18773
HST 1620American History Since 18773
HST 2300Technology and Civilization3
HST 2510History of Latin America3
HST 2521Women in World History3
LIT 1450Introduction to Film3
LIT 2210Introduction to Literature3
LIT 2215Native American Literature3
LIT 2227Literature of Graphic Novels3
LIT 2228African-American Literature3
LIT 2241World Literature I3
LIT 2242World Literature II3
LIT 2250The American Short Story3
LIT 2260Fantasy Literature3
LIT 2301British Literature I3
LIT 2305Introduction to Shakespeare3
LIT 2310Literature and the Holocaust3
LIT 2450Themes in Literature and Film3
MUS 1010Music Appreciation I 3
THR 1010Introduction to Theatre3

MGT 1010 — Principles of Management
3 Credit hours  

Introduces the basic concepts and methods of management in the business enterprise is presented through a comparison of evolving management approaches, and through an examination of motivation, ethics, leadership, communication, and decision-making processes within the management functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Past and present business situations are examined through events currently reported in the news media for the purpose of promoting the application of management theories and techniques.
Transfer: TAG.

MGT 1050 — Principles of Entrepreneurship
3 Credit hours  

Investigates the skills necessary in creating and establishing a small business. Students will learn about the start-up process, how to research fundamental small business issues, strategies, decision making, risk and reward considerations and techniques designed to help students to create and operate their own business. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able conceptualize the characteristics and entrepreneurial traits necessary for successful development of small business enterprises.

MGT 1250 — Team Building
3 Credit hours  

Offers real business team situations and develops critical leadership skills to interact effectively. Students will conduct meetings, develop teams, lead discussions, conduct self-assessments, practice assertiveness, do problem-solving and decision-making in a group environment.

MGT 1260 — Team Leadership
3 Credit hours  

Introduces the subject of team leadership including theories about interpersonal leadership skills. The course is designed to help students develop the personal skills necessary to take command of their own life, relate well with others and lead small groups. Time will be devoted to learning to listen well, to act with commitment and vision, value one's capabilities, handle conflict, communicate trust and empathy, lead wisely and truly value others.

MGT 1990 — Independent Study in MGT
1-3 Credit hours  

Provides Independent Study for students.

MGT 2000 — Human Resource Management
3 Credit hours  

Introduces students to the human resources function for future managers in all departments. The employment process will be covered from writing job descriptions and employment planning to recruiting, interviewing, testing and hiring. Orientation and training will be discussed followed by various methods used for performance reviews and compensation. Employees' legal rights and labor relations are included with practical applications.
Prerequisites: MGT 1010.

MGT 2010 — Organizational Behavior
3 Credit hours  

Examines the reactions, interactions, attitudes, and activities of individuals and groups within a goal-seeking organization. Includes business communication, motivation, team building, and conflict resolution. Course considers business relationships among supervisors and subordinates, business and its clients and informal groups with emphasis on the development of effective human relations.
Prerequisites: PSY 1010 or SOC 1010.

MGT 2060 — Employee and Labor Relations
3 Credit hours  

Provides students with a complete picture of labor relations from the initial establishment of a bargaining relationship to the interactions that occur in a long established mature relationship. After developing a theoretical perspective, the negotiation process and contract administration are analyzed with modern issues included.

MGT 2250 — Organizational Problem Solving
3 Credit hours  

Develops visible models on which to base both planning and problem solving activities. Planning tools include forecasting, demand management, and project management. Problem solving tools include both quantitative (e.g., revenue-limiting bottlenecks) and qualitative (e.g., cause and effect discovery) investigation techniques. Emphasis is placed both on why these tools are valuable to the organization and on the several methods by which each may be accomplished. Teamwork and collaborative learning processes will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: MGT 1010, MTH 1100.

MGT 2410 — Employee Selection and Placement
3 Credit hours  

Introduces legal and regulatory factors affecting selection and placement. Major topics include: Recruitment, Selection, Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Case Histories.

MGT 2435 — Benefits and Compensation
3 Credit hours  

Introduces legal and regulatory factors affecting benefits and compensation. Other major topics covered include tax and accounting treatment of programs; economic factors affecting compensation philosophy, strategies and policy; job analysis, description and specification; job evaluations, pay structures, employee benefit programs, managing employee benefit programs, and evaluating the effectiveness of total benefit programs.

MGT 2440 — Training, Development and Safety
3 Credit hours  

Examines legal and regulatory factors; HR training and the organization; training needs analysis; training and development programs; evaluation of training effectiveness, and presentation skills as well as introductory safety principles and practice; safety and the law, safety concepts, OSHA requirements, organization and administration effects, hazard control technology, human factors and relevant professional areas.

MGT 2490 — Applications in Business Administration
2 Credit hours  

Provides an opportunity for students to showcase their educational experiences in the major. Students will conduct case studies about applications and practices in a major area of program knowledge and make oral presentations. Exercises will demonstrate competency in hands-on business administration activities. In addition, individuals will write a self-growth awareness essay for their last individual portfolio assignment.
Prerequisites: ACC 1010, COM 1110, MGT 1010, MGT 1250
Corequisites: MGT 2000, MGT 2010, MKT 1010.

MGT 2530 — Application in Human Resources
2 Credit hours  

Emphasizes the application of knowledge gained from required classes in the Human Resource major. Individuals will conduct case studies about individual topics from a major area of human resource knowledge. Then, they will join a team to create a coherent oral team presentation. In addition, exercises will demonstrate the ability to engage in hands-on human resource activities. Finally, students will write a self-growth awareness essay for their individual portfolio assignment.
Prerequisites: ACC 1010, COM 1110, MGT 1010, MGT 1250
Corequisites: MGT 2060, MGT 2410, MGT 2435, MGT 2440.

MGT 2991 — Practicum
1 Credit hour  

Requires the student to participate in an internship work experience in which the student will work for a minimum of 105 hours in a business administration, marketing or human resource related position. Exact duties will be agreed upon by the Faculty Member/Chair, Work Experience Supervisor and the Student. Student will be required to present a portfolio which summarizes their time spent in the work experience.
Corequisite: MGT 2992.

MGT 2992 — Seminar
1 Credit hour  

Brings practicum students together with their instructor to discuss achievements, progress, and challenges occurring during their internship work experiences.
Corequisites: MGT 2991.

The Accounting, Business Administration, Marketing, and Human Resource majors are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66213.



To be eligible for the following Business Program certificates, a student must have received a grade of “C” or better for each course required for the certificate and completed all required courses within four years of applying for the certificate.

Applications for these certificates can be obtained in the Office of the Dean of Business, Technology & Public Service. Please do not apply for a certificate until you have completed all required courses with a grade of “C” or better.

Prerequisites may be required for courses listed for each certificate. Please consult the course description section of this college catalog or see your advisor.

Human Resource Management Certificate 

COM 1110 English Composition3
CPT 1250Computer Applications in the Workplace3
MGT 1010 Principles of Management3
MGT 2060Employee and Labor Relations3
MGT 2410Employee Selection and Placement3
MGT 2435Benefits and Compensation3
MGT 2440Training, Development and Safety3
Total Hours21


See for additional information on certificates.