Our Associate of Arts in Management introduces you to the theoretical concepts and practical applications needed to effectively lead and manage a workforce, with a focus on either human resources or retail management. This associate degree program seeks to expand your  academic and professional development by providing the practical skills required for entry-level supervisory positions and responsibilities in business or government environments. Knowledge from this online associate program can also serve as a springboard to a bachelor's degree.

This program’s curriculum is in alignment with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) standards. This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills necessary to be a successful supervisor in a business environment.
  • Explain key concepts, methods and practices for managing human capital in an organization.
  • Compare and contrast ethical theories as they relate to organizational and individual behavior.
  • Prepare a development program for a potential direct report.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required12
Select one of the following Concentrations:9
Final Program Requirement3
Elective Requirements6
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 course from the following:6
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Literature of the Newly Globalized World: The Individual’s Struggle to Adapt
Music Appreciation
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Thinking and Acting Ethically
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 1 course from the following:3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics for Business
Macroeconomics for Business
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
American Government I
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Four Points of the Compass: Culture and Society Around the World
Introduction to Political Science
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Proficiency in Writing
Argumentation and Rhetoric
Introduction to Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Effective Business Communication
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
The History and Context of STEM
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
MATH120Introduction to Statistics3
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to STEM Disciplines
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (12 semester hours)

MGMT100Human Relations3
MGMT101Principles of Supervision3
MGMT200Ethics Fundamentals3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Organizational Fundamentals
Retail Organization Fundamentals
Total Semester Hours12

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from a Concentration in Human Resources or a Concentration in Retail Management.

Concentration in Human Resources (9 semester hours)

This concentration is designed to offer a practical base of knowledge that prepares students to deal with the complexities and challenges of managing today's global workforce. Topics of study include recruitment, selection, team dynamics, ethics, performance management, compensation, benefits, labor and employee relations, and policy and records management.


Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Supervise people in the workforce environment.
  • List the necessary steps to take in the recruiting, grievance and corrective action processes.
  • Communicate an organization’s mission, vision, goals and objectives to direct reports.
  • Discuss the challenges that human resources face in modern organizations.
  • Describe team-management skills with a focus on the group dynamics and ethics of an increasingly diverse workforce.

Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

HRMT200Human Resource Fundamentals3
HRMT201Employee Training and Development3
HRMT202Interviewing Fundamentals3
Total Semester Hours9

Concentration in Retail Management (9 semester hours)

This concentration provides students with practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to become effective retail managers in the global environment. The program is designed to focus on interpersonal, managerial, human resource, leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills necessary to assess and evaluate retail management practices.


Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the functions and applications of various retail management processes in the areas of store operations.
  • Assess the needs of today’s retail managers in the use of information technology, financial resources, and human resources in the retail workplace.
  • Apply retail managerial concepts to issues impacting the effectiveness of retail managers in today’s competitive and global organizations.
  • Recognize the importance of ethical conduct, social responsibility, and corporate responsibility in the global retail environment.

Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

Select 3 courses from the following:9
Customer Relations
Retail Inventory Management
Risk Management
Commercial Safety
Finance Fundamentals
Total Semester Hours9

Final Program Requirement (3 semester hours)

MGMT296Capstone: Portfolio 13
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (6 semester hours)

Students must complete 6 semester hours comprised of lower (100-200) level courses not taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Additional general education courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.6
Total Semester Hours6