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Human Resources Degree

We offer one of the top human resources programs in Kansas City. You’ll enter the job market with the skills and know-how to help employers manage and develop talent.

You’ll learn to:

  • Structure compensation for employees
  • Interpret benefits packages and how they affect organizational processes
  • Implement schedules for hourly and salaried employees
  • Design, write, and conduct performance appraisals
  • Master labor relations and employment law
  • Write a strategic human resources plan
  • Implement effective human resources within organizations

The classes in human resources and general education are geared to allow you to progress through the degree program at your own pace. Courses are offered online—and you can break your class schedule into 8-week, on-campus, online, and weekend intensive formats, beginning several times a year. If life gets in the way of your studies, no problem. You can start, pause, and restart the program whenever you need.

Course Requirements

Course Requirements

Classes in human resources allow you to zero in on what it takes to be successful in an HR environment while the core requirements provide a well-rounded education for all Advantage graduates.


Core Requirements  

Click here for the Bachelor's Core Curriculum.

Major-Related Requirements  

EN 112 Composition II*  
BU 110 Understanding Computers *  
PY 101 General Psychology  

Professional Studies Core Requirements  

BU 305 Legal Aspects of Business*  
BU 321 Management  
BU 322 Org Behavior & Development OR
PY 360 Organizational Psychology  
CO 212 Conflict Resolution  
CO 213 Strategic Presentation  
CO 312 Writing Plans & Proposals  
CO 321 Leadership  
EC 202 Principles of Microeconomics OR
EC 203 Principles of Macroeconomics  
EC 240 Statistical Analysis  

Human Resources Requirements  

HR 224 Human Relations in Organizations*  
HR 323 Human Resources Management  
HR 325 Labor-Management Relations  
HR 335 Staffing Design  
HR 346 Employment Law  
HR 421 Compensation & Benefits  
HR 479 Training and Development  
HR 499 Strategic HR Planning  

Courses not listed count as General Electives required to complete at least 128 earned hours.

Career Opportunities

Careers with a Human Resources Degree

Job prospects in the Human Resources field vary by position, but below are areas where the job opportunities are growing faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

· Recruiting/Staffing
· Benefits
· Consulting
· Human Resources Technology
· Diversity
· Employee Relations
· Safety & Security
· Labor Relations
· Business Leadership
· Compensation
· Counseling
· Social and Human Services

The Avila Promise

  • Lower Tuition Rate
  • Tuition Protection
  • 4-Year Graduation Guarantee
  • Internship or Research Guarantee
  • up to $1,000 Travel Award


That’s the Avila Promise.

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