HDO Master’s Degree Capstone Projects
Humanities-Based Solutions to Key Organizational Challenges
Taught by some of the University’s top professors, HDO Master’s students explore a diverse range of disciplines – including psychology, literature, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, and rhetoric – and apply them to key organizational issues including leadership, ethics, communication, change management, and decision-making.
Each student produces a Capstone Project that allows them to personalize HDO’s innovative multidisciplinary curriculum and apply it to an issue(s) of their choosing. These projects, which explore the applicability of the humanities and social and behavioral sciences to businesses and nonprofit organizations, serve as a culmination of all the work students have put forth in pursuit of their degree.
Designed for Widespread Applicability: Annual Public Presentation
These projects are presented to the general public, faculty members, business and nonprofit leaders, advisors, and family members at HDO’s annual Practical Applications of the Humanities for the Modern Workplace event, held at the AT&T Executive Conference Center. At this event, students present posters that summarize the key points covered in their Capstone Project.
At this event, HDO students are on hand to provide an overview of their research, answer questions about their projects, and to explore how their ideas may be applied to your organization. Click here to be notified when registration opens for the next run of this event.
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Capstone Project Posters Archive
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Class of 2016
- Sarah K. Burchfield: Is the Future Female? How Emotional Intelligence and Gender Affect Workplace Leadership and Success
- Lisa M. Cox: Managing Change While Creating Change: A Nonprofit Perspective
- Kathryn Keevan: Working Single: How Marital Status Affects Treatment in the Workplace
- Joshua Alan Levine: Tao of the Boostrap
- Molly Schriber-Cushing: Non-Economic Challenges Family Businesses Face
- Rosita Tran III: The Old Ball Coach: A Case Applying Four Startup Methodologies
- Janice V. Williams: Keep the Doors Open: A Case for Preserving Individual & Institutional History
- Stacey E. Winning: The Meaninglessness of Organizational Culture
- Alan J. Yancelson: Hillel San Antonio’s Search for Space
- Amanda Liming Zhu: Meaning-Based Communication for Engagement
Class of 2015
- Graham Chapman: Characteristics of Learning Organizations
- Neil Crump: Information Flow to Front-Line Employees: Leader-Member Exchange Theory
- Holly Earnest: Montessori Perspectives on Newcomer Socialization
- Cyndee Lake: Compassion Factor: The Intersection of Culture, Leadership, and Results
- Michael Larson: The Intersection of Values and Decisions in an Organization
- John O’Leary: Concepts of Leadership and Management in a Free Agent World
- Muna Mitchell: The Role of Organizations in Individual Resilience
- Patty Prado: Mindful Email: Strategies for Leaders
- Janna Rich: An Investigation of Global Corporate Social Responsibility Implementation
- Yu-Chieh Su: Different Recruitment Policies in Three Kinds of Organization Structures
- Paige F. Vurpillat: Characteristics of Successful Students in Non-Traditional Cohort Environments
- Laura Atchison Wagner: Finding Virtual Fika: An Exploration of Trust and Community in Partially Distributed Teams (PDTs)
- Heather Watson: Hiring for Culture: Exploring Small Business Selection Processes
- Vicki Zuzak: Maturing Pre-Employment Assessment Programs
Class of 2014
- Kirby Attwell: Remote Integration Program, A Plan for Alternative Mentorship
- Ximena Lucia Baez: A Humanities Approach to Improve Retention in QSR Managers
- Christine Burdell: Approaching the Human Dimensions of Team Mergers
- Amy Hammons: The Cult of Agreeableness
- Aram Kaplan: RiskFactor
- Lester Mayfield: Extra-Curricular Voluntary Academic Interventions
- Donaldo Puller: Human Dimensions Development Guide for 802d Force Support Squadron
- Encarnacion Torres: Investing in Meetings
- Del Watson: Generation Y and Leadership: How Will Leadership Be Defined by This Generation?
- Frankie Xu: Apprentice Project: A Program for Integrating Internships with Entrepreneurship Education for International Students
Who should apply for an HDO degree?
The HDO Master’s program is tailor-made for working professionals. Our degree program is offered on a distinct schedule so that students can maintain their careers while working toward their degree. Applicants must have at least three years of career-level work experience to be considered for admission. In the video below, HDO Director Art Markman explains who will benefit from HDO’s Master’s degree.