Human Resource Management BS

Program Purpose

As one of the emphases in the Business Management major, the mission of the OBHR undergraduate emphasis is to assist in developing outstanding leaders who know how to create and manage effective organizations and how to perform human resource functions. Graduates of the OBHR undergraduate emphasis should be prepared to apply their knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively lead business, church, community, non-profit, and family organizations. They are also expected to pursue excellence in both their personal and professional lives by integrating secular learning with gospel truths and living the highest ethical standards of personal behavior.

Course Structure

Students who graduate with an OBHR emphasis in the Business Management major are required to take OrgB 321, Organizational Effectiveness, as part of the integrated core required of all Business Management majors.

OrgB 321, Organizational Effectiveness: Theories and concepts for creating effective organizations, e.g., individual, group, and organizational processes and human resource functions, including selection, compensation, and performance management.

Students with an emphasis in OBHR are also required to complete the following courses:

OrgB 327, Human Resource Management: Functions of human resource management: employee selection, wage and salary administration, training and development, employee relations, and human resource planning.

OrgB 330, Organizational Development and Change: Macro topics in organizational behavior, including organizational structure, culture, design, change management, strategic implementation, and HR training and development.

OrgB 347, Managerial Leadership Development: Principles and practices needed to serve as effective leaders in families, church, community, and work settings-planning, decision making, self-awareness, effective human influence, and community building.

OrgB 429, Compensation, Benefits, and Performance Management: Wage and salary administration, incentives, employee benefits, grievance and discipline systems, performance appraisal.

BusM 494R, On-campus Internship: Direct, practical on-campus (not in the field) professional experience consulting with established and startup organizations. Students are accepted to work on specific projects based on their skills, interests, and major emphasis. Students apply to be involved in specific projects.

Undergraduate Catalog

Major Academic Plan (MAP)

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation from the program, the typical OB/HR undergraduate emphasis student will possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and values centered on the application of principles of organizational effectiveness.

Acquiring Knowledge

Describe the major theories, concepts, and research findings in the fields of organizational behavior and human resource management.


Courses that Contribute: ORG B 321 ORG B 327 ORG B 330 ORG B 347 ORG B 429
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Competence
Applying Knowledge of Human Resource Management

Demonstrate how to create selected HR policies and practices and explain how to administer them.


Courses that Contribute: ORG B 321 ORG B 327 ORG B 330 ORG B 347 ORG B 429
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Competence
Leading Teams

Contribute to the effective performance of a team as the team leader or a group member.


Courses that Contribute: ORG B 321 ORG B 330 ORG B 347
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively
Diagnosing and Solving Organizational Problems

Apply OBHR knowledge and demonstrate the ability to diagnose and solve organizational problems.


Courses that Contribute: ORG B 321 ORG B 330 ORG B 429
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Competence
MSM -- IT Literacy
Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: None
MSM -- Critical Thinking
Courses that Contribute: ORG B 321 ORG B 327 ORG B 330 ORG B 429
Linked to BYU Aims: None
MSM -- Communication
Courses that Contribute: ORG B 321 ORG B 327 ORG B 429
Linked to BYU Aims: None
MSM -- Ethics
Courses that Contribute: ORG B 347 ORG B 429
Linked to BYU Aims: None

Evidence of Learning

Direct Measures

1.     Scores on exams and class assignments, along with any other metrics created by the instructors of each course, will be used to assess how well students have satisfied the learning objectives of the required OBHR courses.

2.      Scores on external exams that test the major OBHR concepts, such as the SHRM Assurance of Learning Exam or the HRCP Certification Exam

Indirect Measures

1.     Exit surveys based on interviews with a sample of graduates by the director of placement for the OBHR program.

2.      Alumni surveys of recent graduates administered every two years by the undergraduate program director.

3.      Feedback from the OBHR advisory council collected each year during the advisory council meetings and compiled by the OBHR group leader.

4.      Feedback from key recruiters as gathered informally from conversations between the recruiters and faculty and compiled by the placement director.

5.      Student involvement in professional associations as reported by the faculty advisor of the SHRM student club. 

6.      Internship and job placement rates as compiled and reported by the director of placement.

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement

Two weeks after the end of each winter semester the OBHR faculty will review how well the OBHR program is meeting its objectives and propose ways to improve the curriculum and learning opportunities for students. Faculty members will report the following information about the courses they taught the prior year: (1) number of students taught, (2) average gpa in each class, (3) teacher and course evaluations, (4) expected learning outcomes, (5) evidence of learning, (6) conclusions based on the evidence, and (7) plans for improvement. Reports on the indirect measures of the OBHR program will also be presented and discussed.


Under the direction of the undergraduate program director, the OBHR faculty will create a document that outlines the OBHR body of knowledge. This document will be updated at least every three years. The outline will be used to examine and update the learning objectives for the required OBHR emphasis courses to ensure that the students are acquiring the essential knowledge, skills and abilities.