Liberal Arts in the News

Putting Liberal Arts to Work

HDO teaches students to use the disciplines of the liberal arts—the humanities, and the social and behavioral sciences—to understand workplace interactions and how organizations can best serve their employees, customers, and clients.

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.

Liberal Arts In The News

A collection of recent news and opinion pieces on the importance of liberal arts education for workplace success. Check back regularly for new entries!

Liberal Arts in the News

A collection of recent news and opinion pieces on the importance of liberal arts education for workplace success. Check back regularly for new entries!

Plagues and classical history – what the humanities will tell us about COVID in years to come
The Conversation | August 11, 2021

On The Value of Jerks
HDO Blog | July 29, 2021

Love, Freedom, and Leadership: A Source of Pride
HDO Blog | July 07, 2021

Art as Expression & Understanding
HDO Blog| June 28, 2021

Juneteenth and Pride Month: An HDO Perspective
HDO Blog | June 22, 2021

STEM + humanities = a framework for understanding the world
MIT News | June 9, 2021

Data Is Not the Enemy of the Humanities
The Chronicle of Higher Education | April 29, 2021

The Arts And Humanities Deliver Untapped Value For The Future Of Work
Forbes | April 6, 2021

The Future of Digital Work Depends On More Than Tech Skills
MIT Sloan Management Review | February 25, 2021

The CEOs of YouTube, Slack and Whole Foods All Have Liberal Arts Degrees. Here’s Why That Matters
Entrepreneur | January 13, 2021 

The Liberal Arts Inspire the Spirit and Enrich the Soul
Wall Street Journal | January 12, 2021 

To educate pandemic fighters, turn to the liberal arts (Commentary) | December 22, 2020

AI is too powerful for engineers to handle alone
Electronics Weekly | December 03, 2020

‘How to be Human’: The Humanities Sequence in quarantine
The Princetonian | November 16, 2020

The Coronavirus Humanities
The Chronicle of Higher Education | October 29, 2020

How to Reopen the American Mind
The New York Times | October 22, 2020

Reimagining the Humanities for the 21st Century
HDO Blog | October 21, 2020

What a U.S. Liberal Arts Education Can Provide International Students
U.S. News | September 22, 2020

Authors’ ‘Invisible’ Words Reveal Blueprint for Storytelling
UT News | August 7, 2020

Demand for arts and humanities ‘will increase post-pandemic’
Times Higher Education | July 8, 2020

Lessons From a Course on the Pandemic
Inside Higher Ed | July 1, 2020

To Beat COVID-19, Science Needs the Humanities
The American Interest | May 21, 2020

Humanities as Essential Services
Inside Higher ED | May 21, 2020

German humanities scholars enlisted to end coronavirus lockdown
Times Higher Education | April 22, 2020

What Do the Humanities Do in a Crisis?
The New Yorker | April 11, 2020

How the Humanities Can Help Us See What’s Next in Tech
Information Week | January 02, 2020

In Defense Of The Liberal Arts In The Age Of AI
Forbes | December 19, 2019

I have two liberal arts degrees. Here’s how I got a job in tech.
Fast Company | November 15, 2019

How to Succeed in Business? Major in Liberal Arts
Bloomberg | October 4, 2019

Why Computer Science Needs The Humanities
Forbes | August 6, 2019

HDO Students on HDO: Emma Steiner
HDO Blog | June 25, 2019

HDO Students on HDO: Ellen Finke
HDO Blog | June 11, 2019

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.

Bjorn Billhardt, CEO, Abilitie; HDO External Advisor

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

Sydeney Veatch

“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

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.

Putting Liberal Arts to Work