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You. Managing a Work Force

Whether you want to work for a small business or a Fortune 500 company, building and maintaining a team of productive people is essential to organizational health. Davenport’s Human Resource Management (HRM) degree offers the most human resource-specific courses with the least number of total credits required.  Plus, a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) creates a broad knowledge base that translates to any area of business. Our HRM major is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), giving your degree added value.

The HRM bachelor's program is a great choice if you:

  • Enjoy interacting with people at all levels of an organization
  • Have or want to develop strong problem-solving skills
  • Are interested in strong strategic management skills
  • Can apply business fundamentals beyond human resource management
  • Can balance multiple individual needs of employees and stakeholders 

During your studies, you will: 

  • Develop skills in business fundamentals 
  • Focus on the field of human resource management
  • Access real-world application of relevant knowledge  
  • Learn critical thinking, strategic decision-making and analysis skills

A Strong Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs in human resources to grow faster than average, up to 22% through 2020. After earning this degree, you will be qualified to pursue rewarding career positions such as:

  • Human Resource Directors and Managers
  • Benefits and Compensation Administrators 
  • Employment Recruiters 
  • Labor Relations
  • Staffing Specialists 
  • Employee Relations Managers 
  • Compensation and Benefit Managers 
  • Job Analysis Specialists
  • Training and Development
  • U.S. Government Personnel Staff


The table shown here shows recent state and national salary ranges for some of the positions available to a bachelor’s degree graduate.

Job TitleSalary (Michigan)Salary (National)
Human Resource Managers84,908108,600
Training and Development Managers85,59295,800
Compensation and Benefit Managers97,37796,940
Managers Average89,292100,446
Compensation and Benefit Specialist60,70459,590
Training and Development Specialist54,85757,280
Employment, Procurement, and Placement Specialist55,16554,530
Specialist Average56,90857,133
Average salary with the Federal Government according to Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2010
Manpower Development Specialists88,400
Human Resource Managers81,610
Federal Government Average89,310

Why Davenport?

  • The national reputation of Davenport’s curriculum and instructors
  • A broad range of organizations across Michigan and the nation regularly hire DU graduates
  • Davenport has been recognized nationally as a “Top Five SHRM Learning System Online” course partner

The DU Advantage

  • Courses available online and in classroom
  • State-of-the-art online technology and support
  • High quality coursework
  • 11 campuses statewide
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Specializing in careers of the future
  • Practical, in-field experiences

Talk to a DU advisor at your campus about creating a flexible schedule that works for you.

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Full Curriculum


Students gain skills in human resource management fundamentals through broad exposure to various human resource topics in a learning environment that balances textbook theory with real-world management application. Through varied learning methodologies, students are exposed to a range of human resource career opportunities with emphasis on the strategic role of human resources in today's business world.


**Which class should I take? When should I take it?  Please click here for a recommended program sequence.

Foundations of Excellence 39 cr.
ACES100 Achieving Career and Education Success 3 cr.
COMM120 Presentation Techniques 3 cr.
ECON200 Microeconomics 3 cr.
ECON201 Macroeconomics 3 cr.
ENGL109 Composition 3 cr.
ENGL110 Advanced Composition 3 cr.
ENGL311 Professional Writing 3 cr.
MATH125 Intermediate Algebra 3 cr.
SOSC201 Diversity in Society 3 cr.
STAT220 Introduction to Statistics 3 cr.
HUMN Humanities Elective 3 cr.
SOSC Social Science Elective 3 cr.
Foundations of Business 32 cr.
ACCT201 Accounting Foundations I 4 cr.
ACCT202 Accounting Foundations II 4 cr.
BITS211 Microcomputer Applications: Spreadsheet 3 cr.
BUSN120 Introduction to Business 3 cr.
BUSN210 Professional Ethics 3 cr.
CISP112 Applied Information Technology 3 cr.
FINC211 Corporate Finance 3 cr.
LEGL210 Business Law Foundations 3 cr.
MGMT211 Management Foundations 3 cr.
MKTG211 Marketing Foundations 3 cr.
Major 40 cr.
BUSN225 International Business 3 cr.
BUSN488T BBA Major Field Test 0 cr.
BUSN489 or HRMG490 Field Experience in Business or Human Resource Management BBA Internship 3 cr.
GPMT287 Principles of Project Management 3 cr.
HRMG213 Human Resource Management 3 cr.
HRMG313 Staffing Organizations 3 cr.
HRMG314 Managing Change in Organizations 3 cr.
HRMG350 Training for Organizations 3 cr.
HRMG431 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution 3 cr.
HRMG433 Compensation Administration 3 cr.
HRMG453 Strategic Human Resources 4 cr.
LEGL401 Employment and Labor Law 3 cr.
MGMT321 Organizational Behavior 3 cr.
MGMT375 Leadership Theory and Discovery 3 cr.
Open Electives 9 cr.
Recommended Open Electives (6) cr.
HRMG290 or HRMG490 Human Resource Management Internship or Human Resource BBA Management Internship 3 cr.
HRMG330 International Human Resource Management 3 cr.