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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

Curriculum requirements

The B.A. in Human and Organizational Development will require a minimum of 120 credit hours. The program includes a required internship to provide students practical experience through experiential learning activities. The focus of the curriculum is to provide students with the practical courses which will prepare them for positions in human resource development and organizational development in for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Degree requirements for Human and Organizational Development, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Course Title Hours
General education
Select 30 credits of general education courses in consultation with an adviser.30
Major requirements
• Major core requirements
ADLT 300Introduction to Human and Organizational Development3
ADLT 301Adult Learning Theory and Practice3
ADLT 302Basics of Instructional Design for Adult Learners3
ADLT 303Facilitation Skills for Human and Organizational Development2
ADLT 304Designing Online Learning for Adult Learners 3
ADLT 400Developing Intercultural Competencies in the Workplace: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity 3
ADLT 401Organizational Development and Change3
ADLT 404Team Learning and Development3
ADLT 405Project Management in Learning and Development 3
ADLT 406Consulting Skills in Adult Learning Environments3
ADLT 490Internship in Human and Organizational Development3
EDUS 301Human Development and Learning3
Ancillary requirements
ECON 203Introduction to Economics (satisfies general education AOI for global perspectives)3
MASC/INTL 151Global Communications 13
or WRLD 203 Cultural Texts and Contexts: ____
PSYC 101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to PsychologyIntroduction to Psychology (satisfies general education BOK for social/behavioral sciences and AOI for diversities in the human experience)4
SOCY 101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to SociologyIntroduction to Sociology (satisfies general education BOK for social/behavioral sciences and AOI for diversities in the human experience)3
Foreign language (100-level)3
Restricted electives (Select 15 credits from the following.)15
Accounting for Non-business Majors
Technology for Learning and Development
Culture and Instructional Design
Legal Environment of Business
A Survey of Career Counseling
Managing People in Organizations
Leadership
Human Resource Management
Human Resource Development
Universal Design for Learning and Transition
STUA XXX Study abroad
Methods for Teaching Multilingual Learners
Open electives
Select any course. 236-37
Total Hours120
1

MASC 151/INTL 151 satisfies general education AOI for global perspectives; WRLD 203 satisfies general education BOK for humanities and fine arts and AOI for creative inquiry.

2

Students may choose the number of electives credits needed in order to reach the degree program minimum of 120 credits.

The minimum number of credit hours required for this degree is 120.

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
SOCY 101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to Sociology Introduction to Sociology (satisfies BOK for social/behavioral science and AOI for diversities in the human experience) 3
UNIV 111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I Focused Inquiry I (satisfies general education UNIV foundations) 3
Foreign language (100-level) or open elective 3
General education quantitative foundation course (MATH 131 or STAT 208 suggested) 3
Open electives 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
UNIV 112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II Focused Inquiry II (satisfies general education UNIV foundations) 3
General education course (select BOK for natural sciences) 3
Open electives 9
 Term Hours: 15
Sophomore year
Fall semester
PSYC 101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to Psychology Introduction to Psychology (satisfies BOK for social/behavioral science and AOI for diversities in the human experience) 4
UNIV 200 Advanced Focused Inquiry: Literacies, Research and Communication (satisfies general education UNIV foundations) 3
Open electives 9
 Term Hours: 16
Spring semester
ECON 203 Introduction to Economics (satisfies general education AOI for global perspectives) 3
MASC 151
Global Communications 1
or Cultural Texts and Contexts: ____ 1
3
General education course 2-3
Open electives 6-7
 Term Hours: 15
Junior year
Fall semester
ADLT 300 Introduction to Human and Organizational Development 3
ADLT 301 Adult Learning Theory and Practice 3
ADLT 302 Basics of Instructional Design for Adult Learners 3
EDUS 301 Human Development and Learning 3
Restricted elective 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
ADLT 303 Facilitation Skills for Human and Organizational Development 2
ADLT 304 Designing Online Learning for Adult Learners 3
ADLT 400 Developing Intercultural Competencies in the Workplace: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity 3
Restricted elective 3
Open elective 3
 Term Hours: 14
Senior year
Fall semester
ADLT 401 Organizational Development and Change 3
ADLT 405 Project Management in Learning and Development 3
ADLT 406 Consulting Skills in Adult Learning Environments 3
Restricted elective 3
Open elective 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
ADLT 404 Team Learning and Development 3
ADLT 490 Internship in Human and Organizational Development 3
Restricted electives 6
Open elective 3
 Term Hours: 15
 Total Hours: 120
1

MASC 151/INTL 151 satisfies general education AOI for global perspectives; WRLD 203 satisfies general education BOK for humanities and fine arts and AOI for creative inquiry.

The minimum number of credit hours required for this degree is 120.