This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2021-2022 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

The B.A. in Human and Organizational Development is a 120-credit-hour program that prepares individuals for a broad range of positions including as human resource development professionals, organizational and employee development professionals, instructional designers or talent development professionals. The program focuses on providing students with the knowledge and skills to plan and develop learning programs and interventions for adult learners using sound pedagogy for teaching adults in a variety of organizational settings. Students will learn to assess and evaluate adult learning and learn to adapt instructional programs based on the needs of the learners as well as the organization. Through comprehensive learning and development experiences in both class settings and a required internship, students will gain an understanding of working with diverse groups of learners. The program will provide opportunities for students to learn skills in developing programs for adult learning and practice them in a professional setting. Graduates of the program will be highly trained professionals capable of planning, developing and evaluating programs for adult learners both in-person and through online delivery formats.

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire knowledge about discipline-specific and theoretical concepts critical to the
development and learning of employees in the workplace. Students will be able to:

  • Plan, develop and implement learning and development experiences for adult learners in a variety of settings
  • Assess learning needs and evaluate the learning of both students and the organization through learning and development experiences
  • Develop learning interventions and assessments appropriate for employees/participants from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Utilize adult learning principles and knowledge of organizational development to create learning and development experiences/interventions for the intended audience
  • Use appropriate technology in learning and organizational development curriculum development
  • Provide strategy for appropriate learning and development interventions
  • Demonstrate project management skills in organizing and managing a learning/development project for adult learners