Online HR Degree Program

With the increasing competitive pressure of a global economy and the growing emphasis on employee empowerment, a human resources development degree in Kansas or online from Southwestern College Professional Studies can help you develop highly valued management skills and become a leader in tomorrow’s workplace. The human factor remains the key to success in business. With a human resource development degree from Southwestern College, you can learn how to effectively lead people and processes in the HR field as well as explain to employees the ins and outs of their compensation and benefits. Program curriculum aims to give you the education necessary for effective management of people and resources. Course curriculum includes human resources technology, performance management, organizational behavior and more.

If you have been searching for business schools in Kansas or online, choose Southwestern College Professional Studies. We can help you manage human resources tools and processes as well as people-related talent.

Contact an admissions counselor today to find out more about our human resources development degree in Kansas and online.

Program Outcomes

With the increasing competitive pressure of a global economy and the growing emphasis on employee empowerment, people with highly developed Human Resource management skills will be the people-leaders of tomorrow. The human factor remains the key to success. The Human Resource Development curriculum provides learners the education necessary for effective management of human resource tools, processes and people-related talent.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a deep and broad understanding of key human resource development concepts and practices (such as employee and labor relations, benefits and compensation, employee development, talent acquisition and placement, human resource information systems, and performance appraisal).
  2. Develop the skills necessary for competency in finance, strategic planning, compensation and benefits management applicable to preparation for a career in human resources.
  3. Apply critical thinking to the completion of class projects and assignments associated with the human resource development field.
  4. Show an understanding of how to effectively lead people and processes in the human resource development field.
  5. Construct documents which showcase an understanding of the use of technological tools used by individuals in the human resource field.
  6. Explain an understanding and appreciation of ethical reasoning in organizations.
  7. Apply effective written communication skills.

Required and Core Courses

Foundation Courses

CORE101 Developing Academic and Professional Strengths
CORE110 Information Literacy
ENGL101 Composition I
ENGL102 Composition II
COM 125 Speech
Mathematics Requirement*
HUM 201 Ethics
COM 301 Professional Communication

Disciplinary Perspective Courses

Humanities (6 credits)
Natural Sciences/Mathematics (4 credits)
Social Sciences (6 credits)

Major Courses

HRD 310 Legal and Regulatory Environment of Human Resources
HRD 330 Microsoft Office Applications
HRD 338 Human Resources Technology
HRD 323 Finance for Non-Financial Managers
HRD 345 Managing Human Resources
BSAD328 Organizational Behavior
HRD 324 Performance Management
HRD 321 Compensation and Benefits
CAPS495 Senior Capstone

* MASC110 Statistics & Probability, or MASC115 College Algebra, or more advanced college credit bearing mathematics course requiring college algebra or higher as a prerequisite

Course Descriptions

HRD 310 Legal and Regulatory Environment of Human Resources

This course is a survey of the various levels of government statutes and regulations as they affect the human resource function in modern organizations.

HRD 330 Microsoft Office Applications

What are the Microsoft Office applications typically used by organizations? What are these applications’ major capabilities and how can they work together to extend human resource capabilities for the benefit of an organization? Learners study and apply major functions and features associated with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. Learners examine how the various applications’ major components and tools work together, and explore how to configure and use them effectively.

HRD 321 Compensation and Benefits

This course analyzes the labor market, insights into socioeconomic and political events that influence wage and salary administration, methods of building an adequate and equitable compensation package in order to attract and retain competent employees, reward for merit and accomplishments, and providing incentives for development.

HRD 338 Human Resources Technology

Learners develop an understanding of the role of application systems software in supporting the business functions of human resource management. The course will address the strategies and methodologies utilized in the design, development, and deployment of information technology solutions including vendor evaluations and user involvement.

HRD 323 Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Learners will develop an understanding of the role of finance in the business organization. Topics include ratio analysis, creation of financial statements, sources of funds for financial operations, managing the cash flow process, the cost of capital, and capital budgeting. In addition, the financial impacts of international operations will be explored.

HRD 345 Managing Human Resources

This course introduces learners to human resources management, including human resources functions and the relationship between human resources and business strategy. Learners will explore staffing and employment functions; training and development, and performance evaluations; the strategic importance of compensation and benefits and labor relations; and legal issues that arise in various human resources functions.

BSAD328 Organizational Behavior

This course covers individual and work group behavior in organizations. Exercises in the dynamics of power, developing leadership, facilitating quality and change, and interpersonal communication skills will be emphasized.

HRD 324 Performance Management

The learner is introduced to the application of the principles and techniques of behavior modification to the performance of individuals and groups in organizations. The course includes application of the ABC analysis and the study of antecedents, behaviors and consequences that can be used to successfully sustain individual and group performance.

CAPS495 Senior Capstone

This course is for human resource development, psychology, and strategic leadership majors. Learners will be required to develop a portfolio project that demonstrates their knowledge, presentation of evidence and artifacts from their major courses as well as recent research relevant to their specific program outcomes. The purpose of the final portfolio project is to document learner achievement and to ensure learning outcomes are met. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all major courses. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all major courses.

Admission Requirements

Entering learners must have earned at least 6 college credits from previous college coursework or ACE evaluated military training, a GPA of 2.0, and have three years of work experience. Transfer hours accepted for Professional Studies admittance should include English Composition I and II, and mathematics (college algebra preferred). These courses may be considered in transfer or completed at Southwestern College.

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Graduation Requirements

A total of 124 credit hours must be earned to graduate. You must have at least 60 credit hours from a four-year university or college and at least 30 hours from Southwestern College (does not include prior learning experience credits). Of the 30 hours required from Southwestern, 15 of the last 30 hours earned toward your degree must be at Southwestern College. Contact your Academic Success Coach for more information.

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A human resource degree from Southwestern College helps our learners gain knowledge and awareness of potential compliance issues in dealing with EEOC, employment/employee or labor relations issues.