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The strength of an organization is to acquire and develop human capital in order to design, implement, and execute strategy. The human resource professional takes organizational problems and creates employee solutions.

The HR function is essential to developing and maintaining an effective workforce, well functioning teams, and a healthy organizational culture. This emphasis has a dual focus. It is designed for students who will work in the field of HR. It also serves as a strong management foundation for anyone who will be managing, regardless of the area of business in which they work.

Bethel’s program has been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for aligning with national standards for HR professionals.

What can I do with this degree?

Human resource management has applicability in a wide range of settings, including nonprofits, education, government, for-profits, consulting firms, and more. Some common job titles for those going into HR fields include:

  • HR business partner
  • Recruiter
  • Compensation and benefits analyst
  • Talent manager
  • Training coordinator
  • Organization development and effectiveness specialist
  • Manager

Some of our graduates choose to go on to earn a national HR certification through Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) or the SHRM.

What skills will I develop?

  • HR expertise
  • Systems thinking
  • Relationship management
  • Data and financial analysis
  • US employment law and regulations
  • Critical thinking
  • Strategic planning
  • Effective stakeholder communication
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Change management
  • Conflict management
  • Diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency
  • Integrating ethics and core values into business decisions

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

  • Compete against an international group of students in a simulated business environment, the GLO-BUS
  • Develop a comprehensive talent management portfolio
  • Design and develop a total rewards program for a mock company
  • An internship to connect classroom learning to practical experience
  • As a student, you’ll also have the opportunity to join professional associations such as SHRM and the Twin Cities Human Resource Association

Academic Plans and Course Catalog

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employment placement rate of graduates

$1.2 million

managed by students in the Student Managed Investment Fund

Upcoming Events

FEB 15 2021

BethelBiz Mid-Year Career Exploration 2021

6:30 p.m. This event will be held virtually.

BethelBiz mentors and mentees, join us for an evening of virtual career exploration and networking!

FEB 25 2021

2021 Minnesota Private Colleges' Job & Internship Fair (Virtual)

9 a.m. Virtual! More details coming soon.

Opportunity to network with 260+ organizations who are interested in starting and maintaining employment relationships with Minnesota graduates!

Program Features

Bethel Business and Economics Association

Students in the Bethel Business and Economics Association (BBEA) gain the training, skills, and networking opportunities important to success in the workplace.

Accredited by the ACBSP

Bethel's Department of Business and Economics programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence.

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