Academics Menu ▾

Online Bachelor of Science in Workforce Development

Become a distinguished leader in your field

The Online Bachelor of Science in Workforce Development program is designed for those looking to step up in their career — to dive deeper into the knowledge and expertise it takes to become a true leader.

As a graduate of the Workforce Development program, you will be prepared to apply ethical reasoning to typical situations that occur in the workforce, develop a leadership style appropriate for leading in a diverse workplace, evaluate information systems and technology to lead an organization more efficiently, create business and financial reports, and evaluate financial and societal needs of the 21st century workforce.

Special opportunities

  • Take unique courses designed to prepare you to manage and lead a diverse workforce, some of which include: Leading Teams, Race and Ethnicity, Built Environment in American History, and Elementary Spanish
  • Apply the skills learned in the classroom through real life application of business analysis as part of your senior capstone
  • Share your personal experiences in the workplace through forum discussions on topics like conflict within teams, gender and leadership, and diversity in the workplace
  • Learn from faculty who are experts in their areas of research, who have presented at national conferences, published numerous works, and have held positions in major corporations as project managers, chief financial officers, presidents and owners and so much more
  • Collaborate on several projects throughout your course of study, demonstrating project management, communication and organizational skills
  • Benefit from the flexibility of classes that fit your schedule and 24/7 support for online learning
  • Study in a program accredited by a Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of North Central Association

Your workforce development degree at work

You will graduate from the Online Bachelor of Science in Workforce Development program with a wide array of sought-after skills and the knowledge and expertise to move your future forward. Whether you hope to advance into a supervisory or managerial position within your current organization, are pursuing the path towards developing and running your own business, or plan to continue your education with an MBA in Entrepreneurial Leadership or Master of Arts in Management and Leadership, this program will be an invaluable stepping-stone in that process.


I am proud to have a program that focuses on the career desires of the student by enhancing their Associate of Applied Science degree. This will provide them with greater opportunities in their chosen professions.

— Dr. Stephen Forsha, Associate Professor and Program Director Undergraduate Online Business Programs


The Online Bachelor of Science in Workforce Development degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation — including 51 core major credits and a capstone component.

Courses you may take

ACC 240 - Principles of Accounting I - 3.00

An introduction to the principles underlying accounting information. The course will focus on the role that accounting information plays in planning, evaluating, and recording operating activities of businesses. An introduction to financial statements is also included. In this course students will summarize financial data and construct basic financial statements using various software tools such as Excel and QuickBooks.

BUS 305 - Management and Labor Relations - 3.00

This course analyzes the relationship between management and the workforce. The perspective of employers, employee and employee representatives will be analyzed across a variety of issues found in the modern workforce. Areas of consideration may include compensation, benefits, job classification, legal principles of the employment relationship and training and development. Additionally, students learn how to deal with contemporary issues confronting the employer/employee relationship.

BUS 321 - Principles of Marketing - 3.00

An application of concepts from the field of marketing of consumer demand in relation to marketing procedures, functions, methods, policies, including issues of marketers from a marketing perspective.

BUS 329 - Managerial Ethics -E - 3.00

This is a course designed to provide students with the reasoning skills for ethical decision making in business. Students will study the framework for the concepts, processes, and best practices associated with successful business ethics. The emphasis is on critical, informed, and systematic thinking about situations where good arguments can be made on both sides of a question. Students will study two major Western codes of ethical conduct from the field of normative ethics (teleology and deontology) and analyze and apply these to business situations and case studies. This course addresses the complex environment of ethical decision-making in any type of organization where the burden of ethical behavior relates to the organization’s values and traditions, not just to the individuals who make the decisions and carry them out.

BUS 335 - Business Law - 3.00

Fundamental principles of law in relation to business including court systems, torts, contracts, and sales.

BUS 351 - Principles of Management - 3.00

An investigation of management concepts with an emphasis on the four basic managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling, including the application of decision making, group dynamics, communication, and the business environment.

BUS 475 - Human Resources Administration - 3.00

employee relations and performance appraisals. Various tools will be discussed that are available to the Human Resources professional such as job analysis, and job design. Students will analyze real-life, legal issues, that pertain to the functions of a Human Resources department, and demonstrate their comprehension by applying the principles they have learned to solve these non-routine issues.

ECN 251 - Macroeconomics -S - 3.00

This course is an introduction to the nature, method, and scope of economic analysis regarding the macroeconomic performance of nations. Indicators of a nation’s macroeconomic performance include the economic growth rate, the tendency toward inflation, and the level of unemployment. This course introduces students to the process of monetary and fiscal policy, and also introduces students to each policy’s impact on national economic performance. Students also are introduced to the nature of global trade and economic development.

HIS 316 - Built Environment in American History - 3.00

This course examines the ways in which Americans from the colonial period to the present have shaped their physical surroundings and in turn been shaped by those built environments. It focuses on the importance of the space and place in American history by exploring the physical landscapes of large cities, small towns, rural communities, and sprawling suburbs; the development of regions like the South, the Industrial Belt, the Sunbelt, and the West; and the role of human products like farms, factories, railroads, houses, main streets, chain restaurants, and Wal-Marts. Throughout, it traces how these built environments both shaped and were shaped by individuals and communities, culture, politics, and the economy.

LDR 201 - Concepts in Leadership - 3.00

This course introduces students to a variety of leadership concepts and serves as a foundational course for more advanced study in leadership. Topics include but are not limited to motivating others, management communication, training and development, team building and improving leadership qualities within each person.

MIS 350 - Project Management - 3.00

This course is an examination of the knowledge sets, skills, tools and techniques of project management, with an emphasis on how project management contributes to the strategic goals of the organization. The course focuses on the role of information technology as an integration tool in project management. Topics: Microsoft project, work breakdown, structure development, resource scheduling, developing a project network, project organization, time management, and performance measurement and evaluation. The course also examines the managerial competencies required to organize and lead a project.

SCA 353 - Race and Ethnicity -D - 3.00

A comprehensive study of minority group relations. Attention is given to the social history of racial and ethnic minorities, the social nature and consequences of ethnic differntiation, patterns of inter-ethnic contacts, inequality, assimilation, ethnic and racial conflict and accommodation.



  • Completed application
  • 2.0 GPA or higher

Your digital classroom. Available anywhere.

William Woods' online undergraduate programs are available to students across the country. From our main campus in Fulton, Missouri and beyond, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas and many more.

Admissions Information

Learn more about online admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

Share this page: