Whether you are new to the field of human resources or seeking the additional skills and perspective needed to move into a leadership position, Sullivan University’s Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Leadership program can help you gain the strategic, organizational, management and analytical skills that are required by employers in today’s workplace.

Our on-campus and online human resource management degree program has been recognized by the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) organization as a Top 10 SHRM Learning System. We prepare students for SHRM certification through a combination of academic knowledge and practical skill development. Our dedicated faculty members are both scholars and practitioners: they not only have earned their doctorates and published books, but also have years of real-world experience in the HR field.

Courses in the Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Leadership program focus on the nine key areas of human resource competency specified by the national Society for Human Resource Management:

  1. Relationship Management
  2. Ethical Practice
  3. HR Expertise
  4. Business Acumen
  5. Critical Evaluation
  6. Global & Cultural Effectiveness
  7. Leadership & Navigation
  8. Consultation
  9. Communication
  • Our Bachelor of Science in Human Resource leadership degree is entirely online for maximum flexibility. Our online coursework is regularly updated to incorporate the rapid changes that occur within the HR discipline.
  • The curriculum is in alignment with their recommended curriculum by the Society for Human Resource Management.
  • Our program is one of the first in the nation to recognize the importance of human capital analytics as a key competency. We have developed a new course devoted entirely to this emerging topic.
  • Taken during the last quarter, the integrative capstone course prepares students to achieve certification through the SHRM’s competency examination (either SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, depending on the student’s level of HR work experience), further increasing their marketability after graduation from the program.
  • Students in this program also have the opportunity to participate in an externship at an outside organization for credit in order to acquire work experience in the field.

180 Credit Hours minimum
Length: 18 months beyond Associate Degree
Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

CourseTitlesCredit Hours
Total Credit Hours180
COM 214Public Speaking4
CMM 403The Manager as Negotiator4
CSC 118Computer Applications I4
ECO 201Microeconomics4
ECO 202Macroeconomics4
ENG 101Composition I4
ENG 102Composition II4
ENG 204Advanced Writing4
HRL 303Diversity Perspectives in the Workplace4
HRL 310Human Resource Perspectives in Guidance and Counseling4
HRL 320Organizational Development4
HRL 330I/O Psychology for the HR Professional4
HRL 340Ethical Issues in Human Resource Management4
HRL 404Employment Law4
HRL 410Concepts of Recruiting4
HRL 411Industrial Relations4
HRL 431Corporate Training4
HRL 441Compensation Management4
HRL 451Human Resource Information Management4
HRL 465Health and Safety in the Workplace4
HRL 471Project in Human Resource Management 4
MGT 284Human Resource Fundamentals4
MGT 304Principles of Management4
MGT 340Budget Analysis4
MGT 344Organizational Behavior4
MTH 101College Mathematics4
MTH 201College Algebra4
Elective Any 300 or 400 Level class4
Credit Hours 112
Select one class below: (4 Credit Hours)4
HRL 475Seminar in Human Resources
HRL 498/499HRL Externship
LDR 401Essentials of Leadership
General Studies (16 Additional Credit Hours)16
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective4
Natural Sciences/Mathematics Elective4
Social/Behavioral Elective4
Any General Education Elective4
Free Electives (48 Additional Credit Hours)48
Elective classes are selected from an associate degree in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor to balance the program in keeping with the student’s personal objectives.


The primary source of information is the Society for Human Resource Management (, the national organization for HR professionals with more than 250,000 members worldwide. Also, most cities have local chapters, which can also be a good resource.

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