Human resources 101

Undergraduate programs offer flexibility, essential knowledge for career in HR
By Lynn Sully
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/22/2013

Human resources professionals enter their profession from many different avenues. Obtaining a specialized degree in HR is one way students can distinguish themselves by gaining a solid grounding in business along with focused human resources knowledge to hit the ground running.

“Smart companies understand the strategic role of HR,” says Bob Fournier, academic co-ordinator at Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business in Alberta. “They’re seeking graduates who combine the broad-based knowledge of a degree in management with the specialization that comes from courses in human resources.”

A bachelor of management degree with a major in human resources management can, for example, provide students with a foundation in business through core courses in management systems, ecommerce, economics and strategic management.