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 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. Laura Hernandez-Ehrisman at

“HDO has given me so many opportunities to explore broad challenges within a wide variety of organizations and to develop a holistic thought process about how I can solve them. I know these experiences of strengthening my creativity and communication skills will be incredibly helpful as a Change Management Consultant after graduation.” 

Hannah Eisenberg, HDO Alumni Class of '23

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.”

Emma Steiner, HDO Alumni

“HDO students stand out because they are equipped to change the world.”

Sydeney Veatch, HDO Alumni

“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.”

Ellen Finke, HDO Alumni

Students with a deep knowledge of these areas of study are well-suited to address the problems that factors like globalization, regulation, and linguistic 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.

Putting Liberal Arts to Work