Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

This is a general overview of the program of study. Students interested in details and requirements should go to the on line catalogue.

A Career in Human Resourcesbriefcase

The demand in Indiana for human resource professionals is high. According to a research report by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, recruitment and placement specialists are considered one of the top fifty “Hoosier Hot Jobs.” Graduates will develop core competencies in all aspects of human resources management. A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources may work in one or more of five key areas: staffing, training and development, occupational safety and health, compensation and benefits, and employee and labor relations.

Students with a PNC Bachelor of Science will be prepared for the national certification exam offered by the Human Resources Certification Institute which is becoming increasingly required for employment. Graduates of Ivy Tech Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration may transition directly to PNC’s Bachelor of Science in Human Resources program. Additionally, PNC’s program meets recommendations outlined by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), the world’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to the human resource profession.

Program Overview

The BS degree program in Human Resources requires a total of 126 credits. The core curriculum, comprised of 33 credits, introduces the development of primary competencies associated with effective human resource management as defined by SHRM. Students will also be required to take 24 credits in communication-related coursework to include writing, speaking, conflict management and foreign language. Other supportive classes include 30 technical credits and an additional 21 credits for general education. Students have the option of pursuing 15 credits of coursework culminating in a minor of their choice. Students are also encouraged to further develop their skills by working within the business community through internship and service learning opportunities.

Course Requirements for the BS in Human Resources:

Human Resource Core

  • Human Relations in Organizations
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Staffing and Performance Appraisal
  • Training Methods
  • Human Resources Issues
  • Labor Relations
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Human Resources Information Systems
  • Conflict Management
  • Organizational Policy and Strategy
  • OLS elective

General Education

  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • English Composition I and II
  • Business Writing
  • Foreign Language (2)
  • Algebra and Trigonometry I
  • Elementary Statistical Methods
  • Humanities/Social Science Elective (2)
  • Science electives (2)
  • Other electives (3)

Technical Support

  • Introduction to Business
  • Operations Management
  • Introductory Accounting
  • Quality Management
  • Microeconomics or Macroeconomics
  • Computer and Information Technology Applications (2)
  • Law elective
  • Ethics elective
  • Choice of minor or other area of study (5)

What’s Next?

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For more information, contact Cynthia Roberts, Department Chair, Associate Professor of OLS, Purdue North Central, (219) 785-5219,