Human Capital Management, B.S.

Program Code: HCPMG_BS

Program Description

The Human Capital Management major prepares students for a career in human resource management by developing skills and competencies in managing diversity and equal opportunity, ethical and fair treatment of employees, human resource planning and staffing, employee training and development, compensation and benefits, performance management, labor relations, and protecting employee safety and health. Students completing this major would be prepared to demonstrate their knowledge of the core principles of human resource practices and the application of those principles for potential certification such as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Society of Human Resource Management - Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). The Human Capital Management major is not available to students who are currently enrolled in or have completed the requirements for a Management (MNGMT_BS) degree.

Entrance to Major

Entry to the Human Capital Management major requires:

  1. the completion of 8 entry-to-major courses: ACCTG 211, ECON 102, ENGL 151 or ENGL 30H1 or ESL 151, FIN 301, MATH 1101 or MATH 1401, MGMT 3011, MKTG 301, SCM 2001 or STAT 2001
  2. and a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Human Capital Management, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 93

18 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
BA 364YInternational Business and Society3
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
ECON 104Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
FIN 301Corporation Finance3
MIS 250Introduction to Problem Solving with Spreadsheet Analysis and Information Systems Management3
MIS 390Information Systems Management and Applications3
MKTG 301Principles of Marketing3
SCM 301Supply Chain Management3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BA 462Business Strategy3
CAS 100Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
ENGL 202DEffective Writing: Business Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
MGMT 301Basic Management Concepts3
MGMT 341Human Resource Management3
MGMT 440Advanced Human Resource Management3
MGMT 441Organizational Staffing and Development3
MGMT 443Performance Management3
MGMT 495Internship3
Additional Courses
BA 241
BA 242
Legal Environment of Business
and Social and Ethical Environment of Business
4
or BA 243 Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MATH 110Techniques of Calculus I Keystone/General Education Course4
or MATH 140 Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
SCM 200Introduction to Statistics for Business Keystone/General Education Course4
or STAT 200 Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
Honors Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
ESL Composition for American Academic Communication II Keystone/General Education Course
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Leadership and Motivation
Organizational Behavior and Design
Organization Development
Project Management
Negotiation and Conflict Management
Interpersonal Relationships in Organizations
Leadership and Team Building
Managing a Diverse Workforce
Labor Management Relations
Compliance and Fairness in Organizations
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 12 credits from 200-400 level business courses from: ACCTG, BA, ECON, FIN, MIS, MGMT, MKTG, or SCM in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests12
Select 5 credits of Non-Business Electives5