Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Workforce Administration, Bachelor of Science (739)


Program Coordinator

Said Ghezal, said.ghezal@wku.edu, (270) 745-4285

Workforce Administration major (WFA) is an interdisciplinary major offered through the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. The Workforce Administration major applies a professional perspective to the management of people, information, processes, and systems within the organization. The WFA major offers an interdisciplinary approach to the design, application, use, and management of information and organizational systems. Courses in the WFA program emphasize the human, technological, and organizational perspective. Students also take elective courses from various allied disciplines to complement their professional education. In a knowledge-oriented economy, organizations succeed on the basis of their innovation and management of information. The WFA major is designed to help students prepare for a rewarding career in this dynamic field.

Program Requirements (48 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

No minor or second major is required. All WFA courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Enrollment in the WFA program is limited and based on student qualifications.

All students complete the ten-course (30-hour) core curriculum consisting of WFA 300, WFA 346, WFA 347, WFA 348, WFA 443, WFA 444, WFA 446WFA 447, SPS 300, and SPS 400. Students must also complete 18 hours of relevant electives to be selected in consultation with the advisor. 

Transfer students who have completed relevant coursework should petition the department with information about courses taken and what substitutions are being sought. Petitions will be reviewed by a faculty committee and recommendations approved by the director and dean of the college in a manner consistent with WKU guidelines.

Students who transfer to WKU with an applied associate degree (e.g., Associate of Applied Science) receive a 12-hour waiver from the overall upper-level course requirement.

Core Courses

WFA 300Workforce Administration and Practice3
WFA 346Workforce Resource Development3
WFA 347Workforce Linkage and Applications3
WFA 348Workforce Structure3
WFA 443Workforce Planning and Assessment3
WFA 444Workforce Operations and Control3
WFA 446Workforce Reporting and Development3
WFA 447Workforce Processes and Technologies3
SPS 300Systems Thinking and Problem-Solving in Complex Organizations3
SPS 400Foundations of Global Citizenship3
Total Hours30

Program Electives

Select 18 hours of relevant electives completed in consultation with advisor18
Total Hours18

Finish in Four Plan

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Complete appropriate first-year courses to apply toward Associate of Applied Science (AAS). 15Complete appropriate first-year courses to apply toward Associate of Applied Science (AAS). 15
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Complete appropriate first-year courses to apply toward Associate of Applied Science (AAS). 15Complete appropriate first-year courses to apply toward Associate of Applied Science (AAS). 15
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
WFA 3003WFA 4433
WFA 3463WFA 4443
WFA 3473WFA 4463
WFA 3483WFA 4473
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Concentration (Upper Level)3Concentration (Upper Level)3
Concentration (Upper Level)3Concentration3
Concentration3WFA Elective3
SM Elective3WFA Elective3
General Elective3Elective (Upper Level)3
 15 15
Total Hours 120