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Preparing Professionals for an Evolving Workforce

When you think about departments and functions within a business or organization that are critically important to both short and long term success, the human resources team would likely be at the top of that list. From daily employee relations, to recruiting, to diversity and inclusion initiatives, to mental health resources, healthcare, compensation, etc., the human resources department plays a massive role in any organization in any industry. The COVID-19 crisis has only amplified the importance of the HR function.

Available as a major and minor within the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies is a Human Resource Management program of study. Created in partnership between the College of Professional Studies and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Master's in Human Resource Development program, this major provides a framework for the application of human resource principles that can be applied in a broad range of organizational settings.

Curriculum and Coursework: Alignment with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

The curriculum is focused on foundational human resource content areas and competencies and are aligned with the SHRM Curriculum Guidebook. Each course within the major contains at least one of the major HR competencies and/or knowledge areas in the SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™). By providing a foundational framework in HR, aligned with SHRM, Villanova students will demonstrate their immediately applicable knowledge and skills to employers and increase their marketability upon graduation or even while completing the program. In addition, the coursework in the HRM major will help prepare students to continue on into the combined BIS/MS Human Resource Development graduate program. and the HRD prerequisite courses will be waived!

Related Programs

Students pursuing a major in Human Resource Management or Leadership can also apply to the combined BIS/MS Human Resource Development program.



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Villanova allows students to transfer up to 90 credits from other regionally accredited institutions. Find out more about transfer credits and community college agreements.

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Important Notices for Distance Education Students

The following includes important information for students participating in online courses, online programs and/or on-ground clinicals or practicums while physically located outside of Pennsylvania.

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BIS vs. BA

The primary difference between a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the core curriculum that must be completed for each.

Students completing the BIS degree follow a 45-credit core curriculum. This provides more flexibility and choices in selecting classes.

Students completing the BA degree follow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50-credit core curriculum, which includes foreign language courses and science courses with a lab.