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Bachelor of Science in
Labor and Human Resources

Courses

The prescribed courses for the Bachelor of Science in Labor and Human Resources degree focus on basic studies of labor and human resources methods. Additional course work includes a historical background. Other course options are available to fulfill the remainder of the degree requirements allowing you to customize the degree to meet your areas of interest or specific needs.

The B.S. in Labor and Human Resources program requires you to complete a minimum of 123 credits.

The course list includes only courses offered by World Campus. An official degree audit or the recommended academic plan for this program may include additional course options and detailed requirements. All students are expected to complete at least 36 Penn State credits to earn this degree. Please consult an academic adviser for details.

Students must receive a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major. These include prescribed courses, additional courses, and supporting courses.

Prescribed Courses (18 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Introductory analysis of the employment relationship and the interrelated interests of management, workers, unions, and the public.

  • 3
    credits

    Examination of basic legal principles underlying the employment relationship, and their social, political, and economic bases.

  • 3
    credits

    The course surveys the main elements of modern labor and employment relations systems in the U.S. and beyond.

  • 3
    credits

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to understand and apply important concepts concerning human resources in the workplace.

  • 3
    credits

    The objective of this course is to enhance students' abilities to use a range of methodologies to evaluate and conduct research in the field of employment relations and human resource management.

  • 3
    credits

    Explores ethics from both a normative and behavioral perspective; four interrelated and mutually reinforcing subject areas will be explored in the course at the individual, organizational and transnational levels business ethics, ethics in unionized firms, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability.

    • Prerequisite

      LHR 100 or fifth-semester standing or 3 other credits of LHR

Additional Courses (13 credits)

LHR courses that are used in the Additional Courses category may not be double-counted to satisfy other requirements. Some courses in this category have prerequisites that are not included in the major.

    • 3
      credits

      Economics is the study of how people satisfy their wants in the face of limited resources.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Methods of economic analysis and their use; price determination; theory of the firm; distribution.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      National income measurement; aggregate economic models; money and income; policy problems.

    • 3
      credits

      The course will be offered at an introductory level. It is designed to encourage students to explore individual and group behavior at work.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Personnel selection, training, accident prevention, morale, and organizational behavior.

    • 4
      credits

      Descriptive Statistics, frequency distributions, probability and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation.

      • Prerequisite

        Placement into MATH 21 or higher.

    • or:
      4
      credits

      Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, statistical inference, regression and correlation, and forecasting.

    • 3
      credits

      To accomplish the goals of the course, students will participate in a variety of in-class and out-of-class exercises designed to expose them to issues of inequality generally, and more specifically, to inequalities relating to employment. Activities are designed to connect real world experiences to class readings and discussion.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Employment relations and legislative and policy responses to labor force issues of racial and gender inequality.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      A study of selected problems in the history of work in the United States, especially since 1877.

Elective Courses (select 23–27 credits)

Elective courses should be chosen in consultation with an adviser. Among the degree requirements, students should incorporate at least:

  • 3 credits in U.S. cultures
  • 3 credits in international (IL) cultures
  • 3 credits in writing-across-the-curriculum courses

Option Courses (30–31 credits)

Human Resources Option

Human Resources Option Prescribed Courses (12 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Course exploring human resource management from an international perspective.

    • Prerequisite

      LHR 100

  • 3
    credits

    This course focuses on the theory and practice of human resource staffing and training in organizations.

  • 3
    credits

    This course examines human resource management (HRM) and employment relations (ER) from a strategic perspective embedded in a complex and evolving organizational system.

  • 3
    credits

    This course requires students to learn the link between company's strategy and compensation, and understand core policies necessary to develop effective compensation systems.

    • Prerequisite

      LHR 100

Human Resources Option Supporting and Related Courses (18–19 credits)

Some courses in this category have prerequisites that are not included in the major.

Select 9 credits from any 400-level LHR courses (a maximum of 3 credits from LHR 495 or LHR 496 may be used to satisfy this requirement) and select 9–10 credits from the following list in consultation with an adviser.

  • 4
    credits

    Introduction to the role of accounting numbers in the process of managing a business and in investor decision-making.

    • Prerequisite

      MATH 21 or a higher math course or a satisfactory score on the mathematics placement examination

  • 3
    credits

    Explore what it means to be Black in America by engaging with questions about identity and authenticity, freedom and unfreedom, radicalism and reform, gender and sexuality, and the role of music in African American life.

    • GS and US

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement and the United States Cultures (US) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    This course is an introduction to African American Studies as both a political and intellectual project. We will look at the discipline's history, its most prominent thinkers and institutional locations, as well as the influence of African American Studies both inside and outside of the academy.

    • GH and US

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Humanities (GH) requirement and the United States Cultures (US) requirement.

  • 4
    credits

    Explores the ethical, political, social, legal and regulatory, technological, and demographic diversity environment of business.

    • Note

      A student may not receive credit toward graduation for both BLAW 243 and BA 243.

  • 3
    credits

    This class is designed as an opportunity to explore the complexities of interpersonal communication and to develop a repertoire of interpersonal communication skills.

  • 3
    credits

    Examines the function and structure of communication in both formal and informal situations.

  • 3
    credits

    Focuses on the study of markets with imperfect competition.

  • 3
    credits

    This course examines major developments in the history of modern American business and industry from the colonial period to the present.

    • GH and US

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Humanities (GH) requirement and the United States Cultures (US) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to organizational factors relevant to management processes, including leadership, motivation, job design, technology, organizational design and environments, systems, change.

  • 3
    credits

    Study of fundamental principles and processes available to the understanding of management.

    • Prerequisite

      (ENGL 015 or ENGL 030) and (ECON 102 or ECON 104) and (MATH 021 or higher or satisfactory score on the mathematics placement examination)

  • 3
    credits

    Applies organizational behavior theories, concepts, and skills to leading and motivating individuals and groups.

  • 3
    credits

    This course introduces key leadership concepts and practices based on current theory and research. It is designed to help students to discover the knowledge and skills that are characteristic of effective leaders.

    • GS

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    The course examines the continuing influence of social and environmental factors in shaping leadership and leadership development.

  • 3
    credits

    Theory- and research-based communication skills for leaders dealing with work-related problems in contemporary groups and organizations.

  • 3
    credits

    Application of theories of decision-making to work-related issues in groups and organizations requiring collective resolution and action.

  • 3
    credits

    This survey course examines racism and sexism as cultural, political and economic processes that shape contemporary social life in the United States.

    • US

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the United States Cultures (US) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Changing sex role expectations and behavior for men and women in contemporary society.

    • GS and US

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement and the United States Cultures (US) requirement.

  • 3–4
    credits

    Focuses on historical patterns and current status of racial, ethnic and cultural groups and issues locally, nationally, and internationally.

    • GS and US

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement and the United States Cultures (US) requirement.

You may also select your 9–10 credits from any 400-level courses in:

  • AFAM
  • CAS
  • ECON
  • HIST
  • LTNST
  • MGMT
  • PHIL
  • PSYCH
  • SPAN
  • SOC
  • WMNST

Labor and Employment Relations Option

Labor and Employment Relations Option Prescribed Courses (6 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Analysis of structure and elements of employment relations systems in developed and developing areas.

  • 3
    credits

    Development of Anglo-American law regulating collective bargaining, with emphasis on American labor-management relations under Wagner, Taft-Hartley, and other acts.

Labor and Employment Relations Option Additional Courses (select 6 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    This course requires students to learn the link between company's strategy and compensation, and understand core policies necessary to develop effective compensation systems.

  • 3
    credits

    This course examines, at an advanced level, the theory, practice, and impact of the major phases of union organizing, collective bargaining, and contract administration.

    • Prerequisite

      LHR 100

  • 3
    credits

    Upon completing this course, students should be able to identify the legal frameworks that govern collective bargaining between employers and unions in federal, state and local governments.

  • 3
    credits

    This course examines dispute resolution procedures in unionized and nonunion workplaces.

  • 3
    credits

    The role of employees, unions, employers, and government in dealing with work-related safety and health issues.

  • 3
    credits

    Students will learn how collective bargaining works in professional sports and how it compares to bargaining in other industries

  • 3
    credits

    Comprehensive analysis of American Labor Unions/Labor Organizations: how structured, administered, and governed as they pursue economic, social, political objectives.

  • 3
    credits

    Students will examine, debate and gain a fundamental understanding of the current state of the American labor movement.

  • 3
    credits

    Explore the causes and consequences of conflicts between work, family, and other life commitments, and how these may be resolved.

  • 3
    credits

    This course focuses on how the nature of work is changing in the global economy, and the implications for economic opportunity and inequality in both.

Labor and Employment Relations Option Supporting and Related Courses (18–19 credits)

Some courses in this category have prerequisites that are not included in the major.

Select 6 credits from any 400-level LHR courses (a maximum of 3 credits from LHR 495 or LHR 496 may be used to satisfy this requirement) and select 12–13 credits from the following list in consultation with an adviser.

  • 4
    credits

    Introduction to the role of accounting numbers in the process of managing a business and in investor decision-making.

    • Prerequisite

      MATH 21 or a higher math course or a satisfactory score on the mathematics placement examination

  • 3
    credits

    Explore what it means to be Black in America by engaging with questions about identity and authenticity, freedom and unfreedom, radicalism and reform, gender and sexuality, and the role of music in African American life.

    • GS and US

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement and the United States Cultures (US) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    This course is an introduction to African American Studies as both a political and intellectual project. We will look at the discipline's history, its most prominent thinkers and institutional locations, as well as the influence of African American Studies both inside and outside of the academy.

    • GH and US

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Humanities (GH) requirement and the United States Cultures (US) requirement.

  • 4
    credits

    Explores the ethical, political, social, legal and regulatory, technological, and demographic diversity environment of business.

    • Note

      A student may not receive credit toward graduation for both BLAW 243 and BA 243.

  • 3
    credits

    Social control through law: courts, basic policies underlying individual and contractual rights in everyday society. May not be used to satisfy Smeal College baccalaureate degree requirements.

  • 3
    credits

    This class is designed as an opportunity to explore the complexities of interpersonal communication and to develop a repertoire of interpersonal communication skills.

  • 3
    credits

    Examines the function and structure of communication in both formal and informal situations.

  • 3
    credits

    Focuses on the study of markets with imperfect competition.

  • 3
    credits

    This course examines major developments in the history of modern American business and industry from the colonial period to the present.

    • GH and US

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Humanities (GH) requirement and the United States Cultures (US) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to organizational factors relevant to management processes, including leadership, motivation, job design, technology, organizational design and environments, systems, change.

  • 3
    credits

    Study of fundamental principles and processes available to the understanding of management.

    • Prerequisite

      (ENGL 015 or ENGL 030) and (ECON 102 or ECON 104) and (MATH 021 or higher or satisfactory score on the mathematics placement examination)

  • 3
    credits

    Applies organizational behavior theories, concepts, and skills to leading and motivating individuals and groups.

  • 3
    credits

    This course introduces key leadership concepts and practices based on current theory and research. It is designed to help students to discover the knowledge and skills that are characteristic of effective leaders.

    • GS

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    The course examines the continuing influence of social and environmental factors in shaping leadership and leadership development.

  • 3
    credits

    Theory- and research-based communication skills for leaders dealing with work-related problems in contemporary groups and organizations.

  • 3
    credits

    Application of theories of decision-making to work-related issues in groups and organizations requiring collective resolution and action.

  • 3
    credits

    This survey course examines racism and sexism as cultural, political and economic processes that shape contemporary social life in the United States.

    • US

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the United States Cultures (US) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Changing sex role expectations and behavior for men and women in contemporary society.

    • GS and US

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement and the United States Cultures (US) requirement.

  • 3–4
    credits

    Focuses on historical patterns and current status of racial, ethnic and cultural groups and issues locally, nationally, and internationally.

    • GS and US

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement and the United States Cultures (US) requirement.

You may also select your 12–13 credits from any 400-level courses in:

  • AFAM
  • CAS
  • ECON
  • HIST
  • LTNST
  • MGMT
  • PHIL
  • PSYCH
  • SPAN
  • SOC
  • WMNST

General Education Requirements

Some General Education requirements may be satisfied by courses required for the major. Students should work with an adviser to select courses.

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits
    A student must receive a grade of C or better in GWS courses.
  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
    A student must receive a grade of C or better in GQ courses.
  • Integrative Studies: 6 credits
    This requirement only applies to students starting in summer 2018 or later. Learn more about the Integrative Studies options and consult your academic adviser when choosing courses to fulfill these requirements. Integrative Studies credits may be completed within the thirty Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both.

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