Human Resources

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Human Resources Associate of Applied Science degree prepares students to assist small to mid-sized organizations in effectively recruiting, developing, and utilizing their human resources. Students learn how to maximize the human potential for the benefit of the organization. This field of employment requires knowledge and skills in the following areas: occupational job analysis, compensation, benefits, training, staffing, employee relations, safety, and human resources information systems.

Careers such as HR Generalists or HR Specialists can be found in any non-profit, service or manufacturing organization. Human Resource Specialists can focus on areas such as employee recruitment/interviewing, employee training and development, wages and compensation, benefits, employee wellness, and occupational analysis. Students will have an opportunity to prepare for various related certifications such as from the Society of Human Resources (SHRM) and OSHA.

Program Outcomes

  • Recruit and interview qualified candidates for available positions.
  • Coordinate and conduct new employee orientations.
  • Maintain personnel records and human resources information systems.
  • Administer payroll and benefit programs.
  • Organize health and safety programs.
  • Coordinate employee training and education.
  • Plan and implement employee relations activities.
  • Understand employment law in order to assist managers and supervisors.
  • Provide leadership with employee relations and EEO initiatives.
  • Assist HR managers in larger organizations.

Graduates Have Found Employment As

  • HR Manager/Coordinator/Administrator
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Compensation and Benefits Coordinator
  • Employment and Placement Specialist
  • Recruitment Specialist
  • Labor Relations Specialist

View the entire course listing.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
102-148 Introduction to Business and Management 3
103-138 Word Documents 2
196-193 Human Resource Management 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
Mathematical Reasoning
or Intermediate Algebra with Applications
Semester 2
103-107 Intermediate Excel 2
106-142 Customer Service Essentials 1
116-102 Training and Development 3
196-103 Employment Law 3
196-116 Staffing Organizations 3
196-161 Team Building: Communicating and Building Cohesiveness 1
196-168 Organizational Development 3
Semester 3
101-111 Accounting I 4
116-115 Compensation and Benefits 3
196-108 Health, Safety and Security 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
116-119 Labor Relations 3
Semester 4
101-135 Payroll Accounting 2
102-115 Management Principles 3
116-138 Human Resource Practium 3
Introduction to Sociology
or Intro to American Government
801-198 Speech 3
196-163 Team Building: Inclusion and Engagement 1
 Total Credits61-62

General Education Courses Within Program

801-136English Composition 13
804-134Mathematical Reasoning3-4
or 804-118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications
809-196Introduction to Sociology3
809-198Introduction to Psychology3