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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Resources, B.A.

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The candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources offered through the Advantage Institute for Professional Studies program must complete all the University general degree requirements. It is open to students who meet the requirements for admissions to the Advantage Institute for Professional Studies .

Core Requirements

All students must complete the Avila University Core Curriculum as a part of their degree programs. The Core consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours that meet the requirements listed below. Please go to Core Curriculum  for more information and to view all Core classes.

Skills Level (7 credit hours)

Develops fundamental skills key for both academic and professional success.

  • Composition (3)
  • Communication (3)
  • First Year Seminar (1) - waived for transfer students

Liberal Arts Level (25 credit hours)

Provides diverse disciplinary lenses through which to examine the world. Concepts learned and viewpoints experiences at this level promote critical thinking and ethical decision-making with reference to real-life situations across the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and arts.

  • Arts (3)
  • History (3)
  • Literature/Rhetoric (3)
  • Mathematics (3)
  • Natural Science (4) - must include a lab
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Religious Studies (3)
  • Social Sciences (3)

Core Component Designations (6-12 credit hours)

Focuses on seeing beyond the self, immediate community, or chosen discipline. Designations include Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies, and Community Engagement, all of which call for application of learning across boundaries.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (6)
  • Global Studies or Community Engagement (6)

Program Requirements

Fulfill all the requirements for a degree as stated in this catalog. Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all courses required for the major.

Major Related Requirements

The major specifically requires that the following core courses be included within each candidate’s curriculum:

Technology Requirement

Computer competency will be demonstrated by successful completion of the following course:


In addition to the university-wide outcomes, all graduates from the Advantage Institute for Professional Studies will demonstrate the following outcomes:

Outcome 1.

Develop and analyze innovative solutions for problems using critical and creative reasoning. (BU 321 , BU 322 , EC 202 /EC 203 , EC 240 )

Outcome 2.

Demonstrate the ability to clearly communicate in professional settings using effective interpersonal, teamwork, cultural, presentational, and writing skills. (CO 212 , CO 213 , CO 312 , CO 321 )

Outcome 3.

Demonstrate an understanding of ethical frameworks and theories and how to apply them in professional situations. (BU 305 CO 212 , CO 321 )

Outcome 4.

Demonstrate the ability to use technology in managing organizations. (CO 213 , EC 240 )

Human Resources Outcomes

Graduates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources will be able to:

Outcome 1.

Identify the various ways of structuring compensation for employees. (HR 421 )

Outcome 2.

Understand the types of benefit packages, what they are designed to do and how they affect organizational processes. (HR 421 )

Outcome 3.

Understand principles of staffing design and the role of training and development. (HR 335 , HR 479 )

Outcome 4.

Recognize the impact of labor relations and employment law and how it is applied. (HR 346 )

Outcome 5.

Explain international Human Resources functions. (HR 499 )

Outcome 6.

Conduct performance reviews. (HR 335 )

Outcome 7.

Write a Human Resources plan and understand the role of Human Resources in organizational structure. (HR 499 )


Summative outcomes for the Human Resources major in the Advantage Institute for Professional Studies program are assessed through a written strategic human resources plan and an oral presentation of that plan to outside professionals in the capstone course. (HR 499 ) In addition to the two Human Resources outcomes, the four Professional Studies outcomes are assessed through the Human Resources plan as well. The Summative assessment occurs yearly. Formative outcomes are assessed in individual courses as students move through the program. Each year data is gathered for two of the seven outcomes. After four years, faculty review both formative and summative data results for all Human Resources outcomes at once.

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