Department of Human and Organizational Development
The department focuses on lifespan development through enhancing life-long learning and developing caring and competent learning communities. Department faculty work with students to apply conceptual and methodological approaches that contribute to redesigning, reconstructing, and evaluating a wide variety of social institutions to enhance human development and create social capital. Students are also equipped with the skills to facilitate development of individuals in various social contexts and enhance human development through a focus on the individual as well as social institutions.
The Department of Human and Organizational Development is an interdisciplinary group of faculty offering several degree programs that share a focus on human behavior and well-being in organizational and community contexts. The department is also home to Vanderbilt University’s largest undergraduate major (Human and Organizational Development) in conjunction with the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations.
The HOD department, in conjunction with the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, offers the undergraduate major in Human and Organizational Development.
Tracks within the undergraduate major include:
There is a required internship for all HOD majors.
Human Development Counseling with specializations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling
The HDC master’s degree trains you to translate sound theoretical knowledge and research into effective counseling programs as a clinical mental health or school counselor. In a rigorous and integrated program of study, you will acquire a strong theoretical grounding in human development, counseling paradigms, and change strategies.
The two-year Master of Education in Community Development and Action attracts students from around the world committed to learning how to create positive, community-level change in a collaborative and participatory way.
The online master of education in human development counseling with a specialization in school counseling will equip you with the skills you need to become an effective K-12 school counselor. Connect with aspiring and experienced professionals from across the country as you prepare for counseling licensure.
The Ph.D. degree in Community Research and Action (CRA) prepares action-oriented researchers for academic or policy-related careers in applied community studies with a social-justice orientation.
In this interdisciplinary program, students will view development and intervention through multiple disciplines and at multiple levels. The program focuses on various aspects of poverty, including neurological processes, child development, family functioning, and community dynamics. Students are introduced to models and interventions operating at the individual, family, school, and community levels.
Alumni Success Stories
Graduates find community development careers in government service and public policy, youth development and education, community organizations and advocacy, health care access and services, and international development. Some continue study in social work, law, public health, and community development or pursue doctoral study in the social sciences such as psychology, anthropology, and sociology.
Cornell University, College of Human Ecology“I had never had the words for my orientation toward the world before discovering CDA.”
Benefits Data Trust“To be truly effective in this kind of work, to be a change agent, to make the world a better place, you've got to be flexible.”
Faculty and Staff
- Assistant Professor of the Practice and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Human and Organizational Development
- Professor, Department of Human and Organizational Development
- Professor and Chair, Department of Human and Organizational Development
- Administrative Officer, Department of Human and Organizational Development