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Program Information

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. Realize the role that the department of human resources plays within the business environment.
    2. Incorporate appropriate human relations concepts and applications in situations requiring decision making.
    3. Differentiate among interrelationships amid human resources activities and programs across functional areas.
    4. Apply human resources employment law and regulations utilizing appropriate judgment to the circumstances.
    5. Facilitate project completion through the operation of human resources industry-related technology systems.
    6. Function effectively in a diverse, global business community.
    7. Use critical thinking skills to analyze and solve business problems.
    8. Demonstrate effective business communication skills.
    • 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.
    • Students must complete a Degree Application. Degree Applications are available online, in the Office of Records & Registration, and in the Advising Center. Submit a completed form to the Office of Records & Registration.
    • 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 2217 Employment Law for 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.
  • Business certificates commonly earned as you pursue this degree.

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

    • Account Representative
    • Accounting Officer
    • Accounts Payable Clerk
    • Administrative Assistant
    • Advertising Coordinator
    • Bank Manager
    • Claims Adjuster
    • Data Entry Administrator
    • Digital and Social Media Specialist
    • Employee Training Specialist
    • Employment and Placement Specialist
    • Human Resources Assistant
    • Marketing Assistant
    • Marketing Product Analyst
    • Marketing Communications Assistant
    • Operations Manager
    • Payroll Officer
    • Public Relations Assistant
    • Recruiter
    • Retail Manager
    • Sales Manager

    *Some occupations may require advanced education

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