Explore Human Resource Management
** CLASSES START FALL 2022**
The need for highly skilled human resource (HR) professionals has never been greater. Designed for both current HR professionals with entry-level expertise and those looking to enter the field, our bachelor’s in human resource management degree will equip you with the skills needed to work in the growing field of human resources. As an HR professional, you will be a necessary asset to nearly all employment sectors and businesses and will be prepared for a variety of fast-paced, diverse, and challenging work environments.
Our human resources degree will teach you the fundamentals and best practices of HR including acquiring talent, onboarding new employees, developing and retaining employees, using HR data to inform decision-making, prioritizing the health, safety, and wellness of employees, and more. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in human resources are able to use these competencies to solve complex HR-related issues and make strategic decisions to successfully fulfill an organization’s talent vision.
Build Your Career Future
The role of HR within organizations is continuing to shift from purely administrative functions to becoming a strategic partner in attaining organizational goals. Today’s professionals must be agile and approach challenges with a systems-thinking mindset.
To ensure you receive a top-quality education in HR and that you’re trained in today’s most important HR content areas, we aligned our HR degree online with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. This incredible distinction means our HR management degree is among the most comprehensive, up-to-date curriculums in HR, addressing current issues in the field, providing you with necessary subject matter expertise, and training you in essential HR competencies like the employee lifecycle, employee wellness, and employee mental health, which have become increasingly important issues to organizations today. Additionally, our curriculum focuses heavily on foundational business skills and in-demand soft skills - like communication, critical thinking, and leadership - that can increase both your immediate job prospects and your long-term career potential.
As you explore your career in HR, you may decide to become a SHRM certificated professional (SHRM-CP). While it is not required that you earn a degree in HR to sit for the exam, students who complete our B.S. in HR management program are eligible and prepared for the SHRM-CP certification.
Champlain College Online is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.
Academic Excellence and Recognition
Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education
Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report
Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community
Named the Best Private Online College by Intelligent.com
What Can You Do With a Human Resources Degree?
Human resources jobs are projected to grow 10% between 2020 and 2030 as a result of an increasingly complex global business landscape. The median annual salary for human resources specialists is $63,490.* For human resources managers, the median salary is $121,220 per year.*
Graduates of Champlain’s B.S. in human resource management will be prepared to succeed in a variety of career paths across many fields and industries including local governments, employment services, management and consulting services, universities, colleges, and professional schools, computer systems design services, and more.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2021
Top Human Resource Management Jobs
- Human Resources Specialist
- Human Resources Manager
- Human Resources Analytics Specialist
- Recruitment Manager
- Training and Development Coordinator
- Compensation and Benefits Manager
- Benefits Administrator
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online human resource management bachelor's degree, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online business management courses encompass the top skills needed by today's business professionals. Graduates of the program are required to complete the following courses.
Business Core Courses (36 credits)
Human Resource Management Courses (36 credits)
General Education Courses (30 credits)
Science Literacy (4 credits)
Human Thoughts & Creative Expression (3 Credits)
Human Behavior & Social Institutions (3 Credits)
Historical Perspectives (3 Credits)
General Electives (5 credits)
Understanding financial statements and how to interpret them is important to all those working in businesses. In this course students learn the relationship among financial statements; study how to interpret this information and to apply this understanding in real-world contexts; and learn how to use financial information to help make sound management decisions.
Students identify and analyze the myriad legal issues surrounding the workplace, employment relationships, human resources, and federal and state regulation of employment. Topics include employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, health and retirement benefits, occupational health and safety, competition and trade secret agreements, sexual harassment, and privacy rights.
Security is everyone's problem. The Internet is full of attackers who are looking to steal your information or get control over your system. This is a problem for individuals and businesses so it's essential that even casual users understand enough of how the Internet is put together to be able to understand the threats they face. Students will learn how businesses communicate via the internet and how that exposes them to some of the fundamental attack types. Students will learn how to protect themselves from those attacks.
The perspectives, beliefs, and preferences of employees in today's workplace are more diverse than perhaps ever before. Today's high-performing managers are those who foster inclusive, positive, and responsive organizational cultures for their people. But with such varied perspectives, what cultural considerations make the most sense for an organization? Management in the 21st Century will teach students how to foster a workplace environment where people can flourish and are motivated to meet objectives and ambitions for the organization.
Business analytics and data visualization transform data into business insights to allow for better decision-making. This course utilizes a combination of existing datasets and common analytics tools to teach new and emerging managers, without backgrounds in data science, how to evaluate data, consider available options, and present a graphical representation of data outcomes for decision-makers.
The American Marketing Association defines Marketing as the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. In this course, students will learn marketing terminology and principles including the marketing mix, marketing segmentation and how external forces impact marketing strategy as well as how marketing fits into the organization.The impact of ethical issues, diversity, globalization and social responsibility on marketing decisions will also be examined.
There are two ways to view behavior in organizations: cultural/interpretive and technical/rational. Students will explore both views, how they explain and predict organizational behavior and the management approaches they inform. Within these contexts, students will explore team and individual behaviors, ethical and diversity issues in the workplace, and how to foster success in the face of significant change. Students will apply course concepts to real-world scenarios and their personal experiences.
Students will learn how to create conditions for successful conflict engagement, a necessary skill for any professional. The course focuses on the foundational capacities to remain calm and connected with oneself and others. In this state students can access helpful ideas and responses and be their best selves regardless of environment. Improving facility for conflict creates stronger relationships and reduces fear. By the end of the course, students will understand that disagreement and difference can become a source of personal and interpersonal growth.
Students will explore how coaching, communication, and problem-solving can effectively support employees in successfully navigating change. Students will also learn how to plan a change strategy and how to engage employees to execute change initiatives.
Students will explore the field or Organization Development, with particular emphasis on the strength-based research, theory, and tools emerging in the social sciences that are informing modern approaches to organizational change. Students will explore concepts including appreciative inquiry, positive orgranization scholarship, positive psychology, design theory, and the rise of sustainable enterprises.
Students will learn how managers can work with other organizational partners to support employee differences, avoid discrimination, plan for inclusion. Students will develop an understanding of laws and policies that support diversity, and will explore the connections among diversity, equity, inclusion, and recruitment, hiring, and employee wellness.
Take MGMT-210 SOCI-200
In this final course for CPS business majors, you will complete a comprehensive project that integrates the knowledge you have gained throughout your business program into a work-based learning activity. You will work collaboratively with the instructor, your peers, and, if you choose to, a mentor. Through the project, relevant readings and discussion,you will become reflective and integrative thinkers and self-directed learners.
108 completed credits
Human Resource Courses
Human Resource professionals have to be keenly aware of the employee lifecycle (ELC) - a method used to visualize how an employee engages with a company. The first stage of the ELC is attraction. Regardless of how strong your company is, without attracting great talent, your company will fail.?The second stage, recruitment, is the period where you seek out and recruit the best talent to join your organization.
Occurring after human resource professionals have recruited top talent, the onboarding period is critical to getting new hires well-adjusted to the organizational environment and performance aspects of their new job. During the development period, HR professionals begin to consistently encourage professional development among?their teams, which acts?as a catalyst in their skill development?and also helps provide them with a future career path within the company.
Compensation and Benefits will provide students a detailed understanding of how to develop a Total Rewards Program (TRP), and the strategic choices employers make when selecting TRP financial terms. The course covers the implementation of compensation strategies, benefits packages, work-life balance programs, performance and service recognition strategies, and career development strategies.
Employee retention is focused on keeping top employees, and ensuring they're happy and sufficiently challenged in their respective roles within the organization. The influence of company culture goes a long way in this lifecycle stage. If the culture in the organization is poor, it inevitably leads to high employee turnover rates. In the event an employee leaves the organization, approaching the separation process strategically is critical. When a team member leaves, it has an effect on other members.
Students learn about the complex safety and wellness programs that must be delivered by every employer in order to ensure an environment that is conducive to productive work. They will learn about the wide range of employer safety programs including substance abuse, ergonomics, OSHA, work-life balance, leave of absences and many others that HR supports the business in developing and delivering. Students will also consider the opportunity for employee wellness programs and how to design and implement a wellness plan.
In today's highly technical world, the Human Resources Information System (HRIS) is the backbone of most HR services and programs. Students will gain an understanding of the business case for implementing an HRIS including the needs assessment and planning needed and will explore the wide range of components that can be part of the HRIS ranging from Training and Development to Talent Management. Students will also develop an understanding of the shift towards supporting employee self-service via HRIS.
The HR profession is rapidly changing and growing and today's HR professionals need to actively engage in their own career development. Students will gain an understanding of the career planning process and how to leverage it across early and mid career evolution, and will actively apply key HR competencies in relation to career planning including Relationship Management, Ethical Practice, Communication among others. Students will also develop a deeper understanding of planning their own career in HR.
In order to retain employees in today's highly competitive environment, employers must design jobs that are attractive and performance management experiences that are rich in feedback and are designed to reward and retain the best talent. Students will explore the legal aspects of job design and performance management as well as the goals of those programs, and look at the elements of performance management including performance cycles, improvement plans, and feedback loops.
Through the power of data, people analytics are essential for employers to attract, develop and retain employees. Students will make connections between HR data and business strategy and decision-making. They will learn about the power of using HR data to conduct analytics across the HR performance areas and will explore analytics in the context of HR metrics, benchmarking, scorecards, and learning how to unlock the power of data to reduce bias and improve performance.
Take MATH-170 and MGMT-180.
Students will explore the history of labor relations in America and how the role of HR has evolved. Students will also explore the complex legal environment, the role of labor unions as employee advocates, and will engage in dispute resolution, collective bargaining, and grievance topics.
Today's organizations are increasingly global and HR must adapt by developing global strategies, policies and processes. Students will explore current issues in global HR management as well as gain an understanding of the global business environment and how it impacts HR practices. Students will also learn about immigration laws and the various issues that can arise as businesses operate across country borders, and will consider key aspects of operating globally including cross-cultural effectiveness and managing virtual teams.
Strategic Human Resource Management is a combination of strategy and human resource management that seeks to achieve competitive advantage through the strategic utilization of a committed, talented workforce using an integrated approach to engaging and developing the talent in an organization. Students will learn about the evolution of the HR function as well as HR's role in creating a competitive advantage for an organization. They will also learn how to build strategic relationships and develop into a strategic partner, and will also explore HR's role in social responsibility.
Complete 108 credits.
General Education Courses
This course introduces students to the foundational concepts needed to communicate effectively in writing for academic study and professional development. Students will learn how to use the four stages of the writing process--prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing--to create written communication that meets its intended purpose for its intended audience. Students will also be introduced to rhetorical modes and their role in the development of written communication. A minimum grade of C is required for this course to meet a general education requirement.
This course builds on students' proficiency in the writing process and rhetorical modes to introduce the use of evidence from sources in written communication. Students will learn to determine the need for evidence from sources, identify types of information resources, develop effective search strategies, and incorporate evidence from sources in written communication legally and ethically. A minimum grade of C is required for this course to meet a general education requirement.
Complete ENGL-100 with a minimum grade of C or better
This course draws on fundamental concepts of contemporary communication research to help students identify and develop strategies to become effective and versatile communicators across media and settings. Students will examine and respond to a range of interpersonal situations through the critical evaluation of the three essential components of all communication: its purpose, audience, and context. Students will leave the course with the ability to reflect on and adapt their strategies to successfully and consistently communicate for a range of purposes across diverse settings.
Mathematical reasoning, when applied to everyday and professional lives, has two dimensions: logic for deterministic situations and probabilities for non-deterministic situations. This course aims to help students develop these mathematical reasoning skills.
Accurate and appropriate visual data representation is increasingly critical in today's work environments. Students will develop skills in data organization, manipulation and interpretation in a way that supports data-driven decision-making and effective communication of numerical data
This course will introduce students to major streams of social justice thought, including historical social justice movements, theoretical problems having to do with social equality, personal freedom, marginalization, and stigmatization, and the ways in which civic and professional communities respond to these issues.
This course draws on fundamental concepts of contemporary group communication research to help students identify and develop strategies to communicate effectively in small groups and teams for the cooperative purpose of advancing common goals. Students will draw on listening and responding strategies learned in COMM-130 Interpersonal Communication and apply them to communicating as a leader or member of a small group. They will also learn how to recognize and manage the types of conflicts that can arise in small groups. Prerequisite: COMM-130 Interpersonal Communication
Students will learn to navigate the rapidly changing nature of communication in the digital age, exploring electronically-mediated communication platforms, social networks, and online social media, while applying specific communication theories in order to determine best practices. Through reading, discussion, and assignments, students will work to overcome online communication barriers and gain a critical understanding of which tools are effective in which situations.
Take COMM-130 Interpersonal Communication
In this course, adult students demonstrate skills and knowledge from work and other life experiences in order to request credit for a specified degree requirement. Students use the conceptual framework of argumentation to make a logical case for credit in an e-portfolio. The portfolio will identify the context for the student's learning in the subject matter, trace its progression over time, and explain how the learning is equivalent to the specified CCO degree requirement. The student will then demonstrate proficiency in each course learning outcome and integrate the learning outcomes in a relevant case study. To achieve a course pass, the completed portfolio must demonstrate course outcome proficiency according to the framework and criteria described above. Portfolios meeting these criteria will be submitted to a faculty subject matter expert for evaluation.
Full admission into a CCO degree program, ENGL 111, ENGL 112, and approved PLA plan. Students within 12 credits of degree completion are not eligible to take CRIT 200.
This course builds on students' proficiency in using evidence from sources to support their own prior knowledge to using evidence from sources to develop persuasive communication for a range of purposes, including solving problems and pursuing opportunities in the workplace, in addition to academic study. Students will learn to articulate effective inquiry questions, recognize errors in logic, interpret the validity of persuasive communication created by others, and develop effective persuasive communication of their own using evidence from sources. The role of accurate citation of sources in persuasive communication will also be addressed. A minimum grade of C is required for this course to meet a general education requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL-100 The Writing Process & ENGL-110 Introduction to Using Evidence from Sources in Writing.
Complete ENGL-100 and ENGL-110 with a minimum grade of C.
This course introduces students to the fundamental elements of technical writing (clear, concise, and targeted)that are common among seven forms of technical communication: email correspondence, editing,employment communication, proposals, long, formal reports,oral communication, and inventions. Through peer reviews and writing workshops, students develop the ability to write and edit text that precisely targets its audience. This course emphasizes deepening and broadening students' writing, speaking, and thinking abilities in a non-lecture-based, hands-on, discussion-centered classroom.
ENGL-112 or COR-125
Specific application of common tools for writing in the working world. Students will be instructed in rhetorical strategies of professional writing including style, report formats, editing, document design, and integration of visual aids. Students will complete a semester-long writing project; oral and written reports associated with the process of problem-solving within the project will be included.
ENGL-112 or COR-125
Historical Perspectives Course:
Students will study important themes in the social history of the United States since the Civil War. This course allows students to expand their critical thinking skills through an examination of primary and secondary sources. Themes might include: the evolving status of women; the immigrant experience; the concept of the American dream; the paradox of freedom vs. slavery; the minority experience; the tensions between social classes. Students will be evaluated primarily on writing assignments.
Choose Science Literacy Course:
Introduces students to the biochemistry and physiology of nutrition and exercise. Emphasis will be placed on human body systems such as musculoskeletal, digestive, respiratory and circulatory, and their relationship to nutrition and fitness. Students will also study the biochemistry of energy conversion as it relates to exercise physiology. Laboratory sessions are designed to reinforce, by a hands-on approach, the principles discussed in lecture. Course includes two laboratory hours per week.
Students learn the biology, genetics, chemistry, and physics involved in the forensic investigation of crimes. A wide range of topics are studied including DNA, entomology, fingerprinting, trace evidence, serology (blood, saliva, and semen), blood spatter, and chemical analysis of drugs, alcohol, and other compounds. Students apply their new knowledge of forensic science through the use of case studies and laboratories. This course includes two laboratory hours per week.
If you have taken FOR-110 you may not take this lab science course.
Choose One Human Thought & Creative Expression Course:
With pressure and release, a window opens and closes, recording light on a sensor. The simple action captures the instinct, judgement, and skill of the person behind the lens. This class will begin a study of the art and craft of photography. Students will develop their vision and their understanding of how to achieve it. Solid skills will be learned and many doors will be opened.
A survey of the continuing change experienced in art since the 15th century. Students will examine how an image is achieved as well as the significance of the subject represented. Individual inquiry concerning the nature of art is encouraged.
Students learn to appreciate films through the critical analysis of various elements of mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound. The course introduces the conventions of classical Hollywood cinema, considers the work of one major director (auteur), and surveys selected international and independent films. Students view and discuss films each week.
A study of fiction of various lengths, with an emphasis on plot techniques, character development, style, point of view, setting, structure, theme, and artistic unity. Continued emphasis is placed on the improvement of writing skills.
ENGL-112 OR COR-125
An introduction to the major literary genres: poetry, drama and fiction. Selections are chosen from American, European and non-Western literature. The emphasis of this course is on improving the student's ability to read perceptively and write effectively . A continued emphasis is placed on the improvement of writing skills.
ENG-110, ENGL-112 OR COR-125
Students will become familiar with arguments originating from the following schools of ethics: virtue ethics, deontology, and utilitarianism. Students will apply these ethical schools of thought to formulate arguments, practice deliberation and assess the implications of their decisions for various stakeholders in a professional context.
Must have 75 completed credits or permission of Program Director.
Choose One Human Behavior & Social Interactions Course:
A survey of the science of psychology, including an overview of human behavior in various areas such as physiopsychology, development, learning social psychology, personality and abnormal behavior.
A study of human groups, culture, the self, and human interaction. The course focuses on contemporary American society and the influence of culture on our actions and beliefs, with the goal of fostering critical thinking about our social environment.
Graduates of the human resource management bachelor's online program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
Demonstrate business acumen to support operational and strategic decision-making.
Demonstrate human resource technical competency by applying the principles, practices, and functions of the major HRM discipline areas to support and enable the execution of strategy through building organizational capability.
Demonstrate human resource behavioral competency by applying strengths-based principles of professional behavior and leadership, self-awareness, communication, empathy, and cultural consciousness to support, train, and equip employees to fulfill the organization's strategic vision.
Use HR data and information systems to gain efficiencies, produce actionable reporting, account for ethical use, and track HR-related performance indicators.
Integrate HR technical knowledge, behavioral knowledge, and business acumen to solve complex HR-related problems and make strategic decisions.
As of March 13, 2022, Champlain College Online aligned its Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Throughout the world, over 500 programs in approximately 425 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines—created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010, 2013 and 2017—are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.
Champlain College Online's business faculty, led by Program Director Dr. Albert Orbinati, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our business management curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s business professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the business world, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of Champlain College Online work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:
- City of Burlington
- Department of Defense
- IBM Corporation
- Legum & Norman
- Middlebury College
- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
- Small Business Administration (SBA)
- People's United Bank
- UBS Financial Services
- Vermont Air National Guard
- Wachovia Bank
Tuition & Costs
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Meet The Program Director
- Business (A.S., B.S., Certificates)
- Economic Crime Investigation (B.S.)
Albert Orbinati, PhD, is Assistant Professor and Program Director for the undergraduate business administration programs at Champlain College Online.
He has worked in various roles within the higher education and military arenas for over 15 years. Prior to Champlain, Dr. Orbinati's roles have included Assistant Vice President of Online Learning and Continuing Education at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY, Dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Education at The Sage Colleges in Albany, NY, and Director of Online and Non-Traditional Programs at Utica College in Utica, NY. He has also been an adjunct professor for the past eight years in Utica College's cybersecurity program.
In addition to his career in higher education, Dr. Orbinati is a member of the U.S. military, and currently holds the rank of Major in the Vermont Air National Guard and is the lead for marketing efforts in the State of Vermont.
Dr. Orbinati holds a B.A. in Urban Planning from Binghamton University, an M.A. in Adult Education from Central Michigan University, an M.B.A from Champlain College, and a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Capella University.
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