May 15, 2022  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Resources, B.A.

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

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.

Core Foundations (9-11 credit hours)

Foundations requirements provide the basic skills essential for effective participation in other classes as well as the professional world.

Core Pillars & Levels (30 credit hours)

Pillars and Levels requirements address the breadth of knowledge expected of a liberal arts education and challenges students to integrate prior knowledge and create new ideas through higher levels of coursework.

Cross-Application Note: All courses that meet a Pillar also meet a Level and may meet a Designation requirement. Some courses taken for major and/or minor requirements may also meet Core requirements.

    Social Justice & Civic Life Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

Creativity & Culture Pillar
(6 credit hours required)

Belief & Reason Pillar
(6 credit hours required)
Explorations of Nature Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

24 credit hours required 












6 credit hours required CONTRIBUTE LEVEL




Core Designations

Core Component Designations requirements incorporate assignments and experiences focused on developing and deepening student understanding to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community.

CORE Designations

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)

(9 credit hours)

Global Studies (GS)    

(9 credit hours)     

Community Engagement (CE)    

(3 credit hours) 







Transfer Students

The Core Component Designations requirement for transfer students is determined by the number of credit hours transferred to Avila University. Please see the Transfer Students  page within this catalog.


As noted above, courses can have multiple designations and thus meet multiple requirements at once.

Example: BI 215 - Humans & the Environment (3)  meets all of the following requirements:

  • Belief & Reason Nature Pillar
  • Transform Level
  • Global Studies (GS) Designation
  • Major Requirement

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 one of the following courses:


In addition to the university-wide outcomes, all graduates from the School of 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 , HC 456 )

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 325 , HR 346 )

Outcome 5.

Explain international HR functions. (HR 499 )

Outcome 6.

Conduct performance reviews. (HR 335 )

Outcome 7.

Write an HR plan and understand the role of HR in organizational structure. (HR 499 )


Summative outcomes for the Human Resources major in the Avila Advantage 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 HR 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.