Director’s Welcome


Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) brings together UT Austin’s finest researchers and teachers in the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences with an interest in educating leaders (current and aspiring) about the ways these disciplines can improve organizations.

The lessons we teach from literature, psychology, anthropology, history, and more allow our students to identify, analyze, and solve people-centered problems in organizations. We want all students to leave with an interdisciplinary toolkit they can employ to solve complicated workplace challenges.

The difficulties of the modern workplace almost always involve issues related to people either within or outside of an organization. Successful leaders are those whose understanding of people allows them to find new and creative ways to support innovation, create devoted communities and teams, communicate effectively, and grasp the complexities of the global marketplace.

In the MA and Professional Training programs, we focus on bringing together learners from a variety of vocational backgrounds to enhance discussions. When representatives from many specialties interrogate different ideas together, they often develop innovative approaches to people problems. In our BA program, we allow students to take courses in many topics (and require a minor) so that seniors enter their capstone seminar with distinct educational experiences that complement one another.

The best way to address organizational challenges is to recognize that the problems you are facing are often not new. Chances are, somebody in history has already solved the problem you are grappling with now. The disciplines of the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences are a vast repository of solutions to society’s most pressing problems. HDO is your guide through these varied disciplines.

We are glad that you’re interested in HDO. One of our three education options – Executive Master’s Degree, Professional Training, or Bachelor’s Degree – will help advance your personal and professional goals. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Hook ‘Em,

Mary Rose, Ph.D.
Director, Human Dimensions of Organizations

Students within liberal arts programs have extensive skills for surfing the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Bridging critical thinking and meaning-making with entrepreneurship and design, post-secondary liberal arts programs are positioned to generate the kinds of intuitive thinkers that understand the future.

Daniel Araya and Creig Lamb, The Brookings Institution

Innovation can’t simply be ordered up. To create and sustain an innovative culture, you have to go beyond being managers to becoming leaders. HDO can play a fundamental role in this transformation.”

Craig Wynett, Chief Learning Officer, Procter & Gamble; HDO External Advisor

To advance our mission of better understanding the people who drive today’s global marketplace, we developed three education opportunities:

Our 15-Month Master’s Degree is designed for professionals in the business, nonprofit, government, and military sectors searching for a more comprehensive understanding of how human behavior and experience affect organizational success. Students graduate from the Master’s program equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to make their organizations more effective, creative, and efficient.

Our Professional Training programs allow individuals and organizations the opportunity to train with UT Austin’s top faculty members in a professional-friendly format. These programs provide practical and immediately applicable tools for solving key organizational problems, ranging from personal motivation and growth to strategic organizational leadership. Training options include One-Day Seminars, Certificate Programs, and Custom Programs.

In addition to our offerings for working professionals, we launched a Bachelor’s Degree program in fall 2016. The undergraduate program teaches students to explore, learn, and articulate the ways the liberal arts and social and behavioral sciences can address practical problems facing organizations.

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