Human Resource Management Major (BIS)

Available as a major 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.

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 BoCKā„¢). By providing a foundational framework in HR, aligned with SHRM, 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

Students choose from one of the following courses:

Sub-Total Credits

BIS Core Curriculum (39 credits)

Free Electives (51 Credits)

Degree Credit Summary

  • Major Credits: 30 credits
  • Core Credits: 39 credits
  • Free Elective Credits: 51 credits

Note: The above credit totals are based on the minimum number of required credits in each degree area. The minimum number of required credits in each area listed above must be met. Credits taken beyond the required minimum for one area may not be applied to another area.

Masters in HRD Course Waivers Eligibility

Students who complete HRM 2000 with a grade of B or better would be eligible for a waiver of the MS in HRD prerequisite course, HRD 8101.

Students who complete HRM 5000 with a grade of B or better would be eligible for a waiver of the MS in HRD prerequisite course HRD 8102.

Note: Requirements of the Masters in Human Resource Development (HRD) program are determined and approved by the department of HRD.

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The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Summer 2024 and beyond. Please consult the appropriate archived catalog available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog. 




Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

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