Business Administration — Human Resource & Management Concentration

Composite Major

Department Chair: Dr. Jeffrey Moser,, (701) 845-7523
Faculty Contact: Dr. Jeffrey Moser,, (701) 845-7523
Department Office: 125 Vangstad, (701) 845-7521
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


The Business Administration HR & Management concentration program prepares students with the core competencies essential to succeed in all types of business environments.  This versatile program includes coursework in accounting, human relations, management, marketing and a variety of business technologies. Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers leading to management positions in service and manufacturing industries, the government sector, or entrepreneurial endeavors. Graduates may also choose to pursue further education in MBA programs, law school or other specialized graduate programs. Career opportunities include positions such as Business Administrator, Business Owner, Entrepreneur, Management Consultant to Government, Operations Director, Manager, Human Resources Manager, Human Resources Generalist, Staffing Coordinator, Corporate Trainer, Recruiter and Compensation/Benefits Specialist.


Collegiate DECA: The mission of DECA is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA provides opportunities for students to be academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and to become experienced leaders. DECA helps promote networking, innovation, integrity, and teamwork for all members. Students have the opportunity to participate in leadership conferences, state and international competition and professional development which will help aid students in their mastery toward employability skills.

VCSU Ag Club:  The goals of the club are to provide opportunities for members to develop the skills, abilities, and leadership qualities necessary to enter and advance in careers in agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural technologies, horticulture, and natural resources. Any student preparing for a career in these areas is welcome to join. Members will participate in leadership activities specifically focused on the agricultural environment.

Practical Experience

Students are encouraged to earn credits by extending their learning beyond the classroom.  For example, several prominent firms in the region offer internship programs that provide supervised business training.  Firms such as Bank Forward, John Deere Seeding Group, Gander Mountain, Coca-Cola, WDAY, Farm Services Agency, Chamber of Commerce, KOVC and Best Buy have had VCSU students in their internship programs.  Shadowing allows students to observe managers in daily work routines.  Students will have the opportunity to also participate in economic development activities such as tours, workshops, fairs and conferences.  An internship can be a part of a student's academic program and can take place any semester after sophomore year for 3 to 12 credits.  Student interns gain hands-on workplace experience to build resumes, become well prepared to enter a specific career field, network with professionals in the career field of interest, and may gain a full-time position through that experience.

“VCSU was a wonderful experience for my undergraduate degree. Because of the small teacher-to-student ratio, I was able to get to know my professors really well. Help was always available when I needed it. With the smaller class sizes, I was able to get to know my classmates really well. too. In the business program, I learned how to effectively work with others as well as on my own, and I made lifelong contacts and friends while doing so.” —Lindsay Lagodinski ’14, Ellendale, N.D.; UND School of Law

General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III: Persuasive Writing
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Select one of the following:2
Concepts of Fitness and Wellness
Introduction to Stress Management
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems 2
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics 2
Principles of Macroeconomics 2
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirement

Required Courses
COMM 483Organizational Communication3
ACCT 200Elements of Accounting I3
ACCT 201Elements of Accounting II3
ACCT 321Financial Statement Analysis 3
BUSI 214Business Communications3
BUSI 249Introduction to Business1
BUSI 315Business in the Legal Environment3
BUSI 336Business Data Solutions3
BUSI 337Authoring Digital Publications3
BUSI 350Operations Management3
BUSI 480Strategic Planning3
BUSI 485Entrepreneurship3
BUSI 491Senior Seminar1
FIN 375Managerial Finance3
MATH 210Elementary Statistics3
MGMT 270Business Ethics3
MGMT 330Principles of Management3
MGMT 460International Business3
MRKT 305Principles of Marketing3
Total Credits53

Human Resources & Management Concentration Requirements

Human Resource & Management
ACCT 307Managerial Accounting and Finance3
COMM 304Corporate Communication3
COMM 311Communication and Interviewing3
MGMT 340Human Resource Management3
MGMT 372Foundations of Leadership3
MGMT 381Project Management3
Total Credits18

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 53 Hrs
Total Concentration Requirements 18 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

 Plan of Study

First Year
BUSI 2491COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3
CIS 1703ECON 2023
ECON 2013ENGL 1253
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2MATH 104 or 107 (Gen Ed)3
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4 
UNIV 1501 
 17 16
Second Year
ACCT 2003ACCT 2013
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2BUSI 2143
Elective3BUSI 3363
Literacies (Gen Ed)3BUSI 3373
MRKT 3053MATH 2103
 MGMT 3813
 14 18
Third Year
BUSI 3153ACCT 3073
FIN 3753ACCT 3213
MGMT 2703BUSI 3503
MGMT 3403MGMT 3303
 MGMT 3723
 12 15
Fourth Year
BUSI 4803BUSI 4853
COMM 3043BUSI 4911
COMM 4833COMM 3113
MGMT 4603Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 15 13
Total Credits 120

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of core business functional areas.
  2. Students will integrate the core areas of business to inform decision making. 
  3. Students will demonstrate professional business communication.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with diverse colleagues.
  5. Students will apply legal and ethical principles in business to organizational decision making.
  6. Students will demonstrate leadership skills.
  7. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technology on business processes.