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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.



Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) Core = 45 Credits, 15 Courses

Students must complete 15 courses (for a total of 45 credits) in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) Core Curriculum.

Human Resource Management Major = 10 Courses, 30 Credits

HRMG 2000 Introduction to Human Resources: The organizational context for human resources. Students will receive a broad overview of the major functional areas of HR including staffing, performance management, employee and labor relations, U.S. employment law, workplace health and safety, compensation and benefits.
*Required as a pre-requisite for all other human resources courses.

HRMG 2010 Employment Law: Current employment laws in the United States. Major legislation that impacts the workplace will be discussed. Students gain an understanding of both the business and ethical environment associated issues like employee rights, safety and healthy, and discrimination in the workplace.

HRMG 2020 Managing Staffing & Development: HR’s role in staffing management throughout the employee lifecycle.  Students will discuss a broad range of staffing and performance management challenges including recruiting, selection, training and development.  Students will gain an understanding of job analysis, the ADDIE model, needs assessment, and realistic job preview throughout this course.

HRMG 2030 Managing Compensation & Benefits: Students will evaluate compensation models used in organizations like base pay, merit pay, profit sharing, pay-for-performance, and lead/lag/match market-based strategies. Students will gain an understanding of major employee benefits offered by organizations both voluntary and involuntary and how those benefits impact recruiting, performance, and employee retention.

ODM 1000 Foundations of Organizational Behavior: Overview of the key principles and research of organizational behavior. Examines individual human behavior in the workplace as influenced by personality, values, perceptions, and motivations, and group behavior as related to collaboration, communication, politics, and negotiation.

ODM 1100 Foundations of Strategic Management: Overview of key principles and practices of strategic management. Examines topics such as establishing mission, vision, and direction, evaluating environmental influences, assessing industry and market trends, building organizational culture, leading effective teams, managing and leading change. Emphasizes the development and implementation of strategy across industries.

LDR 2060 Global Strategic Leadership: This course focuses on global leadership dynamics and strategy. Cross-cultural awareness; ethicsand social responsibility in international and global contexts.

LDR 2070 Strategy Driven Talent Management: Develop a personal talent management philosophy and plan. Improve ability to reflectively lead talent management efforts. Develop the capacity to analyze and assess talent management practices. Sharpen decision making and problem solving techniques. Research, develop and present a talent management project.

LDR 2080 Leadership Communication: Explore strategies and tactics for engaging and inspiring your team, clients, and partners. Includes topics such as communicating your vision, social media strategy, storytelling, and crisis communication.  

HRMG 5000 HR Management Research Capstone: Practically apply the HR knowledge areas and behavioral competencies learned throughout the HR major curriculum.  Students will apply critical thinking and strategic analysis to real-world case studies and a major research assignment.

CPS 3400 CPS Internship: Approved semester internship project involving practical application of previously learned knowledge to a business enterprise, government and/or non-profit organization; supervision by both faculty member and corporate/non-profit executive. Permission of College Required. 

Human Resource Management Minor

The HR Minor consists of five courses (15 credits) within the HR major.

  • HRMG 2000: Introduction to Human Resource
  • HRMG 2010: Employment Law
  • HRMG 2020: Managing Staffing & Development
  • HRMG 2030: Managing Compensation & Benefits

Choose one of the following courses:

  • HRMG 5000: HR Management Research Capstone
  • CPS 3400: CPS Internship

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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.

All students, faculty and staff who will be on campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information, visit the University's Vaccine Info webpage.


Summer I & III Deadline - May 25
Summer II Deadline - June 28
Fall I Deadline - August 17

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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.