Associate’s of Human Resource Management

Online Business Degree



Help build and maintain a happy and motivated workforce in your company by earning your Human Resources Management degree online from a university that designs its programs to accommodate the demands of working adults.

A smart choice for business students, our program has won national recognition for its quality and affordability. Concordia University Online students work independently and progress with one-on-one instruction from industry professionals. After developing important technical skills in areas such as employment practices, staffing, compensation and benefits, training, and change management, you will be ready for a dynamic career in human resources.

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I really enjoy my cohort and the "family" feeling I get from being a part of it. I also like that Christian education and service are incorporated into the curriculum."
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Goals / Objectives

  • Skills in effective writing, public speaking, and interpersonal communication
  • Ability to apply business management skills that allow a diverse workforce to achieve large organizational goals
  • Experience in recognizing, clarifying, and applying important federal and state legislation, case law decisions, and executive orders that affect employment relationships
  • Ability to analyze a compensation plan that identifies and describes plan objectives, salary structure, and fringe benefits
  • Understanding of the organizational needs for safety plans in multiple areas governed by OSHA, related to employee health, safety, and security
  • Willingness to engage in management techniques that integrate employee and organizational development with leadership
  • Ability to organize strategies for the recruitment, training, retention, and development of quality employees.

Career Outlook

  • Human Resources Department Manager
  • Director of Recruitment
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Resources Consultant
  • Training and Development Managers
  • Compensation and Benefits Managers

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Human Resource Management

*Starred courses fulfill core requirements inside the major.

Student Success Strategies (AL 107) - Credits: 3

Course Description

STUDENT SUCCESS STRATEGIES engages students in cultivating the abilities necessary for academic and professional success, including study and research skills, learning styles, use of technology, and critical thinking skills.
* Speech Communication (AL 234*) - Credits: 3

Course Description

SPEECH COMMUNICATION focuses on oral communication between the speaker and audience. The ability to speak with confidence is developed through a variety of speaking experiences. This course combines the theory of public speaking with practical experience in delivering informative, persuasive and inspirational speeches. Emphasis is placed on the ability to give and receive feedback of a critical nature. No duplication with AL 100 Public Communication.
*College Writing (AL 204*) - Credits: 3

Course Description

COLLEGE WRITING provides a variety of challenging writing tasks addressing a number of vital ideas and issues. Through critical reading and discussion of essays written by influential thinkers such as Niccolo Machiavelli, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Virginia Woolf, students learn to write thoughtful, logical, creative essays. Students develop editing, critical thinking, peer evaluation and research skills. One research paper is required. Prerequisite: AL 108 or acceptable assessment score.
Interpersonal Communication (AL 180) - Credits: 3

Course Description

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION focuses on the role of self-concept, perception, nonverbal behaviors, listening, self-disclosure, power, gender, and conflict within relationships in the workplace, community and home. Everyday negotiation skills are developed within the context of interpersonal conflict management.
Heritage of Faith (AL 159*) - Credits: 3

Course Description

HERITAGE OF FAITH examines the faith stance of various biblical personalities as well as various literary forms used by biblical authors to enable the student to read the Bible with a more profound grasp of its message as well as a deeper appreciation of its role in the literature of the Western world.
Organizational Management Principles (AL 272) - Credits: 3

Course Description

ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES engages students in the art and science of management within an organization. The four functions of management, organizing, leading, planning and controlling, are considered in light of individual, group and organizational dynamics. Not open to students who have taken AL 352 Organizational Behavior or AL 358 Principles of Management.
Intercultural Communication (AL 270*) - Credits: 3

Course Description

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION provides students with an opportunity to develop communication skills necessary for a diverse workforce. In this course students come to understand intercultural communication by discussing language, stereotypes, behavior and patterns. Students develop the ability to apply cultural concepts to modern business situations and relate across cultures within that setting
Social Psychology in the Workplace (AL 271*) - Credits: 3

Course Description

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE introduces students to the study of persuasion, conformity, and social influence through exploration of perception, cognition, selfjustification, and small group behavior. The course uses the workplace as the context in which these concepts are explored. Students learn how an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by others and learn methods social scientists use to study human behavior.
Human Resource Management (AL 359) - Credits: 3

Course Description

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT examines the principles, methods, and procedures in human resource management, including: staffing, compensation and benefits, employee and labor/management relations, planning, employee development, health, safety and security, and equal opportunity issues. This is a survey course, which may serve as the foundation for further study in the Human Resource Management, major, minor or certificate programs. There are no pre-requisites.
Employee & labor relations (AL 265EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR RELATIONS develops an appreciation for the application of federal laws, regulations and legal precedence affecting the employment relationship. Students examine major labor and employment topics such as the National Labor Relations Act and the major federal discrimination laws impacting union and non-union environments. Prerequisite: AL 359 Human Resource Management
Staffing (AL 266) - Credits: 3

Course Description

STAFFING introduces students to the principles and functions of staffing to enable the design and management of a successful staffing process, including legal compliance, internal and external recruitment, interviewing and retention. Prerequisite: AL 359 Human Resource Management.
Compensation and Benefits (AL 267) - Credits: 3

Course Description

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS Examines the development, administration, and evaluation of financial and non-financial compensation and benefits reward systems including relevant theoretical and legal perspectives, compensation structure, compensation systems, and benefit plans/systems. Prerequisite: AL359 Human Resources Management.
Workplace Health and Safety (AL 269) - Credits: 3

Course Description

WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY will provide students with the basic knowledge and principles of the field of occupational safety and health. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding and appreciation for the fundamental safety technology and management needs of the safety director. Prerequisite: AL 359 Human Resource Management.
Training and Employee Development (AL 300) - Credits: 3

Course Description

TRAINING AND EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT examines the development and implementation of training, including needs, job and task analysis, design and evaluation of training programs, transfer of training and employee development. Pre-requisite: AL359 Human Resources Management.
Philosophy of Values and Ethics (AL 368) - Credits: 3

Course Description

PHILOSOPHY OF VALUES AND ETHICS provides the student the opportunity to explore philosophical approaches to ethics in the business organizational context. Personal and corporate ethical dilemmas are examined in reading, classroom, and online discussion, and reflective papers from the perspective of a variety of stakeholders. Students examine their own approach to ethical decisions and recognize the impact of Christian principles in their own behavior and attitudes.
Managing Change (AL 472) - Credits: 3

Course Description

MANAGING CHANGE engages students in the analysis of an organization’s needs and the development of a plan to influence major organizational change from the human resources perspective or the managerial perspective. Prerequisite: AL359 Human Resource Management and AL272 Organizational Management Principles or AL358 Principles of Management
Integrative Project: HR Management (AL 473) - Credits: 3

Course Description

INTEGRATIVE PROJECT: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Elements of professional human resource practice are examined and summarized. Students integrate concepts of planning and evaluating strategic human resource initiatives with legal, social, management, and ethical approaches. This is an advanced course which can only be taken by students who have completed all other HR major requirements. Cannot be transferred in from another school. (Pre-requisites: AL234, AL204, AL159, AL180, AL272, AL270, AL271, AL359, AL265, AL266, AL267, AL269, AL300, AL368, AL472)
Civilization and World Views: History () - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Creative Arts () - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Civilization and World Views: Literature () - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.

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