Business Administration at Aquinas College

Human Resources Concentration within Business Majors

Concentration Requirements: Fifteen (15) semester hours.

  • Business majors may declare either the marketing concentration or the marketing minor, but not both.
  • A GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
  • Only courses with a grade of C- or better will count.
Choose five (5) courses from the following:
BS321 Industrial Psychology 3.0
BS340 Public Administration 3.0
BS355 Organizational Behavior 3.0
BS356 Organizational Leadership 3.0
BS362 Negotiations 3.0
BS372 Training and Development 3.0
BS410 Human Resource Management 3.0
BS496 Human Resource Practicum 3.0



  • BS321/PG321 Industrial Psychology (3)

    An overview of the theoretical and pragmatic applications of the principles of industrial psychology. Topics include organizational settings, jobs and their requirements, personnel selection and evaluation, job and work situations, accidents, and human errors, and the psychological aspects of consumer behavior. Prerequisites: BS201 or PG100, MS151 or equivalent.

  • BS340/PS340 Public Administration (3)

    Theory and practical skills involved in working with public agencies and implementing public programs.

  • BS355/PG355 Organizational Behavior (3)

    Examines organizational behavior from both theoretical and historical perspectives, dealing with the diagnosis of individual issues and group issues, the development of an understanding of organizational issues, and concludes with the topic of changing organizations. Prerequisite: BS201 or PG100.

  • BS356 Organizational Leadership (3)

    Focuses on the process of influencing individuals and groups toward organizational goals, including such topics as the evolution of leadership theory, leadership effectiveness, and situational leadership. Prerequisites: BS201 or PG100, or approval of instructor.

  • BS362 Negotiations (3)

    The course will highlight the principles of effective negotiation and teach students to analyze their behavior in negotiations. The course will be partially experiential. Students will learn both by doing exercises and also engaging with the relevant theory to provide a framework for understanding their experiential lessons. The course touches on topics related to psychology and behavioral economics.

  • BS372/PG372 Training and Development (3)

    Review of techniques to determine training needs, to develop appropriate programs, to select methods of presenting these programs, and to evaluate program effectiveness. Includes application of instructional design and adult learning theory to design of learning experiences. Prerequisite: BS201.

  • BS410 Human Resource Management (3)

    An overview of human resource management, including staffing, employee development, labor relations, remuneration, security, and performance evaluation. Prerequisite: BS201.

  • BS496 Human Resources Practicum (3)

    The course is a demonstration of academic learning via a carefully designed work experience, jointly developed by the student, faculty and the target organization. The practicum for the HR concentration requires students to apply specific HR procedures or techniques acquired in prerequisite courses, with permission from appropriate management personnel in an organization of their choice. Prerequisites: BS201, BS/PG355, BS372, BS410. The following are recommended: BS356, BS360, and BS413.