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The Associate of Science (AS) in Human Resource Management degree program is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers in the field of human resource management while simultaneously priming students for success as they continue their education at a baccalaureate institution. This degree offers an introduction to HR theory and concepts along with practical skills necessary to enhance professional performance within HR management roles. Students will experience an application-oriented, real-world focused education through a degree program that provides both a strong foundational business core along with a general education curriculum designed to support student academic and professional success. For assistance in program planning, or to explore additional transfer options, students should schedule a time to meet with an academic advisor. This degree may transfer in part or in its entirety to baccalaureate institutions. Students should meet with a representative of the transfer institution when planning their program.

Developmental Courses

Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics or reading. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.

  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

    1. Apply Human Resource Management (HRM) concepts and critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills to effectively perform strategic planning directives and HRM job functions within local, national, and global business environments;
    2. Utilize business and interpersonal communication skills to effectively disseminate information and preparedness guidelines;
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the role labor relations plays in human resource and the application of federal, state, and local employment regulations/laws in HRM;
    4. Use industry-related technology to analyze data related to HR topics such as benefits and compensation; and
    5. Analyze how systemic and interpersonal forms of oppression and diversity awareness impact decisions related to hiring, training, employee engagement, and the promotion process.
    • A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • Satisfy residency requirements. 
    • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all Program and General Education/MnTC requirements.
    • Completion of specific degree requirements.
    • To complete your program, please submit the appropriate application found here.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.


  • 30 credits

    BUS 1112 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
    BUS 1135* Payroll Accounting 2
    BUS 2010 Introduction to Human Resources 3
    BUS 2015 Benefits and Compensation 3
    BUS 2020 Employee Training and Development 3
    BUS 2025 Labor Relations 3
    BUS 2125 Financial Accounting 4
    BUS 2030 Human Resource Information Systems 2
    BUS 2215 Legal Environment of Business 3
    BUS 2244 Principles of Management 4
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • 30 credits

    Complete at least 30 general education credits from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), including the required courses listed. You must complete at least one course in six of the ten goal areas. One course may satisfy more than one goal area, but the course credits may be counted only once.

    1. Communication
            ENGL 1120* OR ENGL 1121* 4
    2. Critical Thinking
     3. Natural Science (one course with lab required)
    4. Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
             MATH 1114* 4
             MATH 1200* 3
    5. History/Social/Behavioral Sciences
             ECON 2205 3
             ECON 2206 3
    6. Humanities/Fine Art
    7. Human Diversity
    8. Global Perspective
    9. Ethical/Civic Responsibility
    10. People and the Environment
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • The sequence that follows is suggested for full-time students. Part-time students will need more time to complete this program; many courses are offered in the evening or online.


    Fall Semester


    Spring Semester

    BUS 1112 3 BUS 2020 3
    BUS 2010 3 BUS 2125 4
    BUS 2015 3 MATH 1114 4
    BUS 2215 3 PSYC 1110 4
    ENGL 1120/1121 4    
    TOTAL 16 TOTAL 15


    Fall Semester


    Spring Semester
    BUS 2025 3 BUS 1135* 2
    BUS 2030 2 BUS 2244 4
    ECON 2205 3 CMST 2220 3
    MATH 1200 3 ECON 2206 3
    GenEd/MnTC 3 GenEd/MnTC 3
     TOTAL 14  TOTAL 15
        *offered Spring Semester only  
  • Business certificates commonly earned as you pursue this degree.

  • Employment information is also available at Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

    • Compensation and Benefits Personnel
    • Data Entry and Analytics Support
    • Digital and Social Media Content Assistant
    • Employee Training and Development Coordinator
    • Employment, Recruitment and Staffing Specialist
    • External and Internal Communications/Public Relations Assistant
    • Human Resource Department Support
    • Human Resource Specialist
    • Human Resources and Administrative Assistant
    • Job Analysis and Segmentation Coordinator
    • Labor Relations and Unionized Workplace Assistant
    • Marketing and Employment Writing Assistant
    • Policy and Procedure Assistant
    • Retail and Sales Manager

    *Some occupations may require advanced education

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