Advising & Careers
Advising & Careers
What can you do with an HDO degree? Our majors may move into Human Resources, Organizational Development, Consulting, Nonprofit Leadership, or Civil Service, to name a few possibilities. A degree in HDO prepares you to understand and lead people, manage change, and influence decision-making in any number of organizational settings.
The College’s Liberal Arts Career Services team offers tools to help undergraduates translate their in-class work into real-life jobs.
Current and prospective HDO majors with questions regarding classes and requirements can schedule an advising appointment with HDO’s Academic Advisor Jason Gentry online. Please note that all appointments using the above link will be set up via Zoom. Jason can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current and prospective HDO majors with questions related to the program in general and potential career paths that an HDO degree will prepare you for can schedule a meeting with HDO Assistant Professor of Instruction, Dr. Amy Nathan Wright at email@example.com.
The HDO bachelor’s program focuses on understanding organizational dynamics and behaviors—how organizations work—which is an essential skill in today’s rapidly changing work environment. To succeed, leaders need more than good functional skills; they need to communicate well across silos, understand complex organizational interdependencies, and adapt to ambiguous and rapidly changing business environments.
HDO’s Founding Director and Psychology Professor Art Markman provides an overview of the HDO Bachelor’s Degree.
“Most employers look for people who are human-oriented and can later learn the skills needed for a specific job. HDO fosters personal development and creates well-rounded individuals.”
“HDO students stand out because they are equipped to change the world.”
“HDO doesn’t limit you to just one area of education, it empowers you to learn about many topics. I like to do a lot of things, and this major allows me to do that.”
Students with a deep knowledge of these areas of study are well-suited to address the problems that factors like globalization, regulation, linguistic diversity, and cultural differences can cause.
The HDO Bachelor’s Degree provides a broad-based exploration of liberal arts as applied to organizations. It allows students to:
• Develop effective, persuasive oral and written communication skills;
• Understand ethical behavior in the workplace;
• Broaden their knowledge of the types of cultures that influence organizations;
• Measure human behavior to inform decision-making, and
• Consider how key lessons from the humanities and the social/behavioral sciences can be applied in organizational settings.
It is this last learning outcome that distinguishes HDO from the traditional disciplines that make up UT Austin’s College of Liberal Arts.