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HOD Undergraduate Major

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The Human and Organizational Development (HOD) major is designed to prepare you for a successful career focused on finding solutions to human problems in organizations and communities. The HOD philosophy emphasizes the importance of connecting academic knowledge and theories to personal and professional practice. The program design will endow you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in a people-oriented organizational role.

These skills, known as the HOD core competencies, include:

  • effective written and oral presentation
  • data-driven decision analysis
  • proficiency in using technology toward the goal of aiding organizations
  • interpersonal communication and collaborative work behaviors
  • group leadership, organizational development, management, and training

HOD Components and Requirements 

I. Peabody Liberal Education: The liberal core is designed to ensure that students obtain a strong foundation in science and liberal arts, with an emphasis on developing writing, oral presentation, and analytic skills. 

II. HOD Core Courses:  At the start of the HOD program, all HOD students will complete six core courses developed around the core competencies of HOD.

III. HOD Tracks: In your sophomore year, you will declare one of five tracks in accordance with your general career focus. 

IV. HOD Capstone: Students also fulfill the HOD Capstone, a semester-long organizational immersion experience completed in the junior or senior year.

Documents and Forms for Download
2020-2021 Peabody Undergraduate Handbook (HOD begins on page 34)


The HOD Office is located in
Room 122 Mayborn Building 
on Magnolia Circle
Peabody Campus 

For additional information, contact:

Vicki Scalf, M.S.
Senior Student Services Coordinator
Telephone: 615-322-8495

The Department of Human and Organizational Development
Peabody # 90
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, Tennessee 37203-5721
Telephone: 615-322-6881
Fax: 615-322-1141