Human Resources

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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Why choose Human Resources?

  • Develop practical skills through coursework in the core competencies required for effective human resources. These practical skills are directly applicable to real-world human resources roles, allowing students to transition seamlessly into entry-level positions upon graduation.
  • Human resources professionals are in demand and play a critical role in attracting, retaining, and developing top talent.
  • Graduates are equipped to pursue opportunities in a wide range of industries, whether it's a small startup, a multinational corporation, a government agency, or a nonprofit organization, thereby increasing their employment prospects and job stability.
Human Resources is an integral component in the strategic advancement of any organization. As companies increasingly prioritize talent management strategies to drive innovation, productivity, and growth, the demand for skilled human resources professionals continues to rise.

Program Locations

Adams Campus
401 North Main Street
Adams, WI 53910

Marshfield Campus
2600 West 5th Street
Marshfield, WI 54449

Stevens Point Campus
1001 Centerpoint Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494


What You'll Learn

The Human Resources associate degree program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive skill set tailored to meet the demands of the modern human resources landscape. Graduates will acquire new skills in specialized areas crucial for effective HR management, including recruitment, hiring, training and development, employee records management, and compensation and benefits administration. Students will also explore key aspects of HR operations such as employment law, occupational safety and health, equal employment opportunity, wage management, healthcare administration, family leave policies, and retirement plans. With a strong emphasis on practical application and theoretical understanding, graduates will be well-equipped to navigate the complexities of the HR profession and make valuable contributions to any organization.

Mid-State’s program offers a dynamic learning environment that goes beyond traditional classroom instruction. Students will engage in hands-on experiences and simulations to reinforce learning and prepare for real-world challenges. Our state-of-the-art facilities and technology-equipped classrooms provide the tools and resources need to excel in your studies and prepare for a successful career in HR. You will have the option to take courses in person or fully virtually. 


  • Design an organizational workforce plan.
  • Develop training programs.
  • Analyze organizational total rewards programs.
  • Incorporate employment law into business practices.
  • Apply employee relations techniques.

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10801195 Written Communication  3
-or- 10801136 English Composition 1  3
  10801198 Speech  3
-or- 10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication  3
  10106106 Quality Customer Service 3
  10103106 Microsoft Office-Introduction  3
  10196190 Leadership Development  3
  10102231 Business Networking 1
  Term Total   16 Credits
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3
-or- 10809196 Introduction to Sociology  3
-or- 10809122 Introduction to American Government  3
  10102110 Employment Law 3
  10102230 Business Communities 1
  10196193 Human Resource Management 3
  10196191 Supervision  3
  10101140 Accounting 1  3
  Term Total   16 Credits
Term: 3
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10804107 College Mathematics  3
-or- 10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications  4
-or- 10804189 Introductory Statistics  3
  10809195 Economics  3
  10196135 Conflict Resolution 3
  10102233 Negotiation Skills 1
  10196136 Managing Risk & Safety 3
  Term Total   13-14 Credits
Term: 4
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10809198 Introduction to Psychology  3
-or- 10809188 Developmental Psychology  3
  10101120 Payroll Accounting  3
  10196171 Organizational Development 3
  10116153 Compensation and Benefits 3
  10116154 Recruiting and Hiring 3
  Term Total   15 Credits
  Program Total   60-61 Credits



  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Payroll/Benefits Specialist
  • Staffing Administrator
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialist
  • Training and Development Specialist


High school students are eligible to enroll in this program and all courses required. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track.

“The real-life situations prepared me for the business world, and the staff took the time to guide me to my dream career.”


Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

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Human Resources Pathway