Coordinator: Dr. Paul D. Jorgensen
Human Dimensions of Organizations
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
ELABN, Room 229
Edinburg, Texas 78539-2999
B.A. in HDO
A degree in the Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) teaches students to use the disciplines of the liberal arts – the humanities and the social/behavioral sciences – to understand workplace interactions and how organizations can best serve their employees, customers, and clients. This major is intended for students who envision themselves solving human-centered problems in organizations including business, government, nonprofits, and the military. Career paths from HDO include human resources, people management, nonprofit leadership, project management, and government service, among others. Disciplines in the liberal arts have always taught critical thinking skills and effective communication, which are crucial to success in organizations. These disciplines also provide a deeper understanding of culture, motivation and behavior, group dynamics, and individual psychology.
The HDO will provide students an opportunity to hone many of the core skills offered by the social/behavioral sciences and the humanities while practicing and considering how they are relevant to their future career paths. These skills will be applied specifically to understanding how people function in groups, cultures, and organizations. Graduates will develop skills such as quantitative and qualitative reasoning, critical thinking, and effective communication.