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Human Resource Management

Today’s business climate requires successful organizations to create human resource systems that comply with numerous governmental regulations while creating cultures that promote productivity, employee well-being, and retention. Working in the human resources field requires the knowledge, skills and ability to plan, develop, and implement strategic activities necessary to accomplish these goals. This program is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and practical skills for career enhancement and job advancement.

The Human Resource Management program is only available as an online and evening program, and is offered on both the Oskaloosa and Johnston campuses.  It is the objective of William Penn University to teach the management of human resource function in order to add value to the organization.  HR professionals must have the ability to match human resource functions with the goals of the company.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) officially confirmed that William Penn University’s Bachelor of Arts – Human Resource Management degree program fully aligns with the SHRM HR Curriculum Guidelines, established in 2005.  The university has been awarded a formal certificate acknowledging and recognizing that the program follows the established guidelines.

Students enrolled in a Human Resource degree program at an educational institution aligned to SHRM’s core curriculum guidelines are able to apply for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam.  Eligible students must be in their final year of study in an HR degree program and must have a minimum of 500 hours of relevant experience.  Students who earn their SHRM-CP will immediately be able to display their credential.


Even if you do not have experience in human resource management.  Taking a curriculum that fully aligns with SHRM, has the potential to have employers rank you ahead of someone who does not have the same educational background. After a student has completed the Human Resource Management program they will be prepared for the following roles:

  • Human Resource Manager
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager

William Penn's degree in Human Resources Management, perfect for those individuals who have strong interpersonal skills and would appreciate the opportunity to assess people’s talents while working on an inter-disciplinary team.

Monte Bohrofen, Career Services Liaison


The Business Club is the oldest, student-run organization on campus. It typically holds regular meetings twice a month during the academic year, plans and conducts various fund-raising activities, arranges for guest speakers, takes short field trips to different businesses in Oskaloosa and the surrounding area, and makes a 2-3 day excursion to a metropolitan area (Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis, Las Vegas, etc.) in the spring to visit companies and sightsee while there. In recent years, as a condition of receiving grants from the Student Government Association, the club has also offered service to various non-profit organizations in the local community.


The following are courses you will be taking as a student of the Human Resource Management program:

Business Core courses

  • APCS 114 Computer Applications for Business
  • BUSI 201 Principles of Accounting I
  • BUSI 202 Principles of Accounting II
  • BUSI 230 Principles of Management
  • BUSI 347 Business Ethics
  • BUSI 460 Corporate Strategy
  • ECON 211 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 212 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MATH 303 Statistical Methods

Human Resource Management courses

  • BUSI 336 Human Resource Management
  • BUSI 338 Financial Management
  • BUSI 345 Organizational Behavior
  • BUSI 349 International Business
  • HRMC 453 Employment Law
  • HRMC 454 Strategic Management
  • HRMC 455 Strategic Staffing
  • HRMC 457 Compensation and Benefits
  • HRMC 459 Training and Development