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Human Resources

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.)

Learn how to get the most out of your degree and prepare for your future career.

The Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) degree is a four-year direct-entry program. The first two years provide you with general business knowledge; all students take an introductory course in each of the major specializations before selecting a major in the middle of year two.

Human Resources is about helping organizations succeed by managing employees and helping them reach their full potential. It serves a strategic function linking talented people with organizational success. The major prepares students to handle human resource concerns in a timely and professional manner relating to all HR competencies including strategy, professional practice, engagement, total rewards, labour and employee relations, health, wellness and safe workplace, learning and development, workforce planning and talent management, HR metrics, reporting and financial management.

Explore your major

Learn more about some of the required major-specific courses for this degree. View the course and program catalogue or meet with an academic advisor to understand all major requirements.

Year 1 COMM courses

COMM 100.3 | Business Communication
COMM 101.3 | Introduction to Business
COMM 104.3 | Foundations of Business Statistics
COMM 105.3 | Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
COMM 121.3 | Business Mathematics
COMM 204.3 | Introduction to Marketing
COMM 211.3 | Human Resource Management
COMM 229.3 | Personal Financial Management


You choose
  • One course (3cu) to fulfill your english language requirement
  • One course (3cu) to fulfill your 100-level non-COMM elective requirement

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What will I learn?
  • Be a business professional ready to build nations
  • Understand areas of organizational structure and strategy, training and development, industrial relations, recruitment, engagement, compensation, leadership, employment and labour law, occupational health & safety
  • Learn that people are an organization’s most valued asset
  • Gain the skills required to be ready to pursue a professional designation (Chartered Professional in Human Resources - CPHR) upon graduation
  • Know your work has a direct, immediate impact on your organization

Gain relevant experience


Create local and global connections


Get career ready

  • Meet with Edwards Career Services to receive guidance and access resources related to achieving your career goals
  • View the Edwards School of Business tab within CareerLink to review resources and the calendar of career events as well as part-time summer and job postings
  • Build an amazing resume and prepare for upcoming interviews with Edwards Optimal Resume
  • Take a career assessment to learn more about your strengths, personality, interests, and values
  • Develop your LinkedIn profile to begin building your professional brand
  • If you are new to Canada, participate in the Edwards International Career Development Program. Information will be emailed to eligible students in November
  • Access Career Services for additional support with career exploration and job search
Sample courses

Explore your major

Learn more about some of the required major-specific courses for this degree. View the course and program catalogue or meet with an academic advisor to understand all major requirements.

Year 2 COMM courses

COMM 201.3 | Introduction to Financial Accounting
COMM 203.3 | Introduction to Finance
COMM 205.3 | Introduction to Operations Management
COMM 207.3 | Statistics for Business Decisions
COMM 210.3 | Introduction to Managerial Accounting
COMM 213.3 | Management Information Systems
ECON 111.3 | Introductory Microeconomics
ECON 114.3Introductory Macroeconomics


You choose
  • Two courses (6cu) to fulfill your non-COMM elective requirements
Year 3 COMM courses

COMM 304.3 | Introduction to Business Law
COMM 306.3 | Ethics and Strategic Decision Making
COMM 342.3 | Organization Structure and Design
COMM 343.3 | Recruitment Selection and Engagement
COMM 347.3 | Indigenous Business in Canada
COMM 381.3 | Industrial Relations
COMM 385.3 | Training and Development


You choose
  • One course (3cu) from any level non-COMM elective OR 300-level or higher COMM elective
  • Two courses (6cu) as free senior electives (200-level or higher non-COMM OR 300-level or higher COMM)

Academic tips


Add to your major

Choose from a variety of options to complement your major.

Gain relevant experience


Create local and global connections


Get career ready

  • Make a career advising appointment with Edwards Career Services to identify career options related to the majors you are considering
  • Take the CareerLeader assessment through Edwards Career Services to recognize how your interests, motivators, and skills relate to your future career success and satisfaction
  • View the Edwards CareerLink Events Calendar for upcoming workshops, employer information sessions and additional professional development opportunities
  • Discover job opportunities, explore career options, and meet professionals at Career Services events and career fairs
  • Apply to the Co-op Education Program and gain 8 months of paid work experience in your area of study. Attend a Co-op info-session for more details
  • Research careers and related professional associations – consider signing up for a student membership to access additional resources
  • Take a look at job postings on CareerLink – new postings are added daily!
  • Expand your professional network on LinkedIn
  • If you are new to Canada, participate in the Edwards International Career Development Program. Information will be emailed to eligible students in November
Career readiness competencies

Career Readiness Competencies are transferable skill sets that will prepare you for the world of work and include the top attributes that employers are looking for:


Explore your major

Learn more about some of the required major-specific courses for this degree. View the course and program catalogue or meet with an academic advisor to understand all major requirements.

Final year COMM courses

COMM 401.3 | Business Strategy
COMM 447.3Entrepreneurship and Venture Development
COMM 488.3Strategic Compensation


You choose
  • Three courses (9cu) from the Human Resources Major Electives
  • Four courses (12cu) as free senior electives (200-level or higher non-COMM OR 300-level or higher COMM)

Apply to graduate

Academic tips


Consider applying to a graduate program
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Gain relevant experience


Create local and global connections


Get career ready

Career readiness competencies

Career Readiness Competencies are transferable skill sets that will prepare you for the world of work and include the top attributes that employers are looking for:


Possible destinations

People with a human resources degree take their knowledge and skills into many different industries and occupations. Note that some of the career paths listed here require further education and training.


Career paths

  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Consulting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Employee Relations
  • Employee Wellness Specialist
  • Facilitator
  • Human Resource Information System Specialist
  • Human Resources Analyst
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Human Resources Policy Analyst
  • Job Analyst
  • Labour Relations
  • Mediator
  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Specialist
  • Organizational Development
  • Recruitment & Talent Acquisition
  • Talent Management
  • Total Rewards Specialist
  • Training & Development
  • Workforce Planning

If it were not for the opportunities I was given at Edwards through networking and student involvement, I would not be in the role I am in today! Human resources is such a diverse field where you get the opportunity to work with business leaders to do what is best for the organization's people. If you are passionate about making the workforce a better place, then human resources is for you.

—Steffany, Bachelor of Commerce '19 in human resources 

Where do USask alumni work?

  • Cameco
  • Canpotex
  • City of Saskatoon
  • Correctional Services of Canada
  • Des Nedhe Developments
  • Federated Co-operatives Limited
  • Government of Alberta
  • Government of Saskatchewan
  • Nutrien
  • RBC
  • Saskatchewan Blue Cross
  • Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
  • Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies
  • Saskatchewan Teachers Federation
  • Saskatoon Co-operative Association
  • SaskTel
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Vendasta
  • Virtus Group
  • Viterra

Recent graduates with a bachelor of commerce degree in human resources earn, on average, $50,231 (Edwards School of Business B.Comm. 2020 Employment Statistics).


"The human resources major is interesting and challenging, which I highly recommend to students who want to play a lead role in managing an organization’s most important asset: its people. This field of study was a rewarding experience that provided a balance of academic and practical insight, and instruction on people management."

—Kathryn, Bachelor of Commerce '16 in human resources

"I majored in human resources because of my compassion for people. Through my education in human resources, I have learnt how I can play a role in the pursuit of a more equitable and inclusive workplace and society."

—Jeana, third-year human resources student