Human Resources refers to how people are managed by organizations. It serves a strategic function linking talented people with organizational success. The field of human resources includes areas such as recruitment, training and development, salaries and benefits, health and safety, industrial relations, and performance management.
What you will learn
Dealing with all aspects of the employment relationship is a huge part of strategically working with a firm’s most important asset - its people. As an HR professional, you will learn how to recruit, select and engage employees, how to set up a compensation system, and how to deal with the intricacies of employment law including union-management relations. As part of managing people, you will also learn how to deal with motivation and retention of people as well as the nuts and bolts of specific areas such as training, and health and safety.
A first-year schedule sample
All first year commerce students will take a common set of classes before entering a specialization, such as human resources, in their second year.
|COMM 100.3||Business Communication|
|COMM 101.3||Introduction to Business|
|ECON 111.3||Introduction to Microeconomics|
|COMM 119.3||Skills for Academic Success|
|INDG 107.3*||Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies|
|COMM 104.3||Business Statistics 1|
|COMM 105.3||Introduction to Organizational Behaviour|
|MATH 121.3||Calculus for Business and Economics|
|ECON 114.3||Introduction to Macroeconomics|
|PSY 120.3*||Biological and Cognitive Bases of Psychology|
* These are elective courses. You'll have a number of courses to choose between.
The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.
Here are just a few of the classes you might take while you complete this degree:
COMM 211: Human Resource Management
Develops a framework for human resource management comprising the context, issues, strategies and processes of managing people in organizations. The challenges arising from the context include legal and ethical issues as well as global perspectives. Processes include selection and recruitment, performance appraisal, training and development, compensation and benefits, labour relations, and managing employee and employer interests within the employment relationship.
COMM 343: Recruitment Selection and Engagement
Designed to help students identify and apply appropriate practices (which are valid, reliable, and legally defensible) for recruiting and selecting people who will contribute to the overall success of an organization, and for engaging those employees toward favourable organizational (and individual) outcomes. In so doing, the theoretical and empirical underpinnings for these practices are presented.
COMM 489: Strategic Human Resource Management
This course integrates concepts and foundations from the functional areas of human resources management within a strategic human resources framework. Emphasis is placed on development of analytical and problem solving abilities to formulate and apply HR solutions to real-life organizational problems. The guiding premise for the course is that HR strategies are most effective when internally consistent and aligned with the strategic objectives of the organization.
Students from around the world choose to study at the Edwards School of Business because we offer hands-on experiential learning in every area of study. You go beyond analyzing cases and into communities, graduating with legitimate consulting experience on your résumé.
Our four year B.Comm. degree helps students develop the critical thinking, problem solving, communication and teamwork skills that employers demand. In 2016, 78.5% of graduates were employed in their field and only 16.8% were still looking for a job within six months of graduation.
At Edwards, we have a dedicated student advisory team which means you can book an appointment to see an advisor within a day (using our online booking system). We also offer same day drop-in service for quick questions.
Our young, vibrant faculty consistently earn prestigious teaching awards, attesting to their investment in your learning.
The human resources major is designed to provide students with the knowledge necessary for them to succeed as human resource professionals.
Here are a few of the concerns of the human resource specialist:
- How can a firm attract, engage and retain the right employees?
- On what basis should one employee be paid more than another?
- How should a manager give feedback to employees about their performance?
- How should an employer deal with unions?
- What are the legal constraints in how managers deal with employees?
- How should an organization be structured to maximize its likelihood of success?
Human resource specialists find it rewarding to know their work has a direct, immediate impact on their organization.
Students who major in human resources may continue their professional development with careers like the following:
- compensation specialist
- training and development manager
2017 Co-op Student: Business Information Specialist, Square One
"I chose the Human Resource major because there is so much room for growth in the major. I love that I'm able to take different roads within HR and am able to work with the most important part of an organization... the people! My work placement and experience with the Co-op program was amazing. I love that it challenged me every day and gave me a different educational experience than the classroom did."
|Canadian students||International students|
Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.
Bachelor of Commerce
The Bachelor of Commerce degree is a four year program offered by the Edwards School of Business. All undergraduate students admitted to the Edwards School of Business are required to complete a common first-year of studies. In January of your second year, you'll apply to a specialization in Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Marketing or Operations Management.
While you complete your Bachelor degree, you can also enhance your experience with the following options:
The school has a dedicated centre for career-related support. Edwards Career Services offers workshops on resumé writing and interview skills, and also administers the Edwards Co-operative Education Option.
The co-op option is an opportunity for third-year business students to participate in an eight-month paid work term and gain practical experience in their field of study.
Edwards students have an opportunity to pursue studies around the world. Taking university classes in another country will broaden your horizons, enrich your university experience and open your employment opportunities globally.
Edwards School of Business have study agreements with a number of universities (in Austria, Australia, France, Sweden, Thailand and many other locations) where you can study a pre-approved set of classes and credit will transfer back to the B.Comm. degree program.
Today is the right time to develop a global mindset and show employers you have the skills to work in international business. Canadian companies are expanding their footprints around the world, growing and leveraging global relationships and using global supply chains to gain advantage. Saskatchewan exports are at over $35 billion annually, making the Edwards School of Business a prime location to study global business and prepare for an exciting career.
There are two global business credentials that B.Comm. students can pursue - the Global Business Stream (GBS) and/or the Advanced Global Business Stream (GBSA). Both require you to take specific classes that relate to International business as well as attend Going Global Workshops.
The University of Saskatchewan offers multiple second degree programs that allow you to earn two degrees in a shorter time frame than if you took each individually. Along with a Bachelor of Commerce, you could also earn a:
- Juris Doctor (Law degree)
- Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science
Speak with an academic advisor if you are interested in this option.
Admission requirements and deadlines
You can also begin this program in May or July. Application deadline is February 15, 2018, documents are due one month later.
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