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2021-2022

Human and Organizational Development, Bachelor of Arts

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts (Tidewater Community College)
Tidewater Community College
Tidewater Community College
Program description

The Bachelor of Arts in Human and Organizational Development is an interdisciplinary program combining the workplace learning and development aspect of human resource development with the area of organizational development, a discipline designed to help organizations develop a system that helps people work better within an organizational context. The program focuses on providing students the knowledge and skills to plan and develop learning programs and interventions for adult learners in a variety of organizations, including corporations, non-profits, education, as well as healthcare, while also relying on their solutions-based skills. Students will learn to evaluate and assess training and development programs, as well as assess learner needs and adapt programs to meet those needs. They will also learn project management skills, which are much needed in organizations today. The program is based on experiential learning, where students not only learn through classroom discussions and theory, but also practical, hands-on projects in the courses taught, and with organizations, as well as an internship experience. The program also provides a multicultural look at learning and development globally through coursework and an optional study abroad program.


Our program also has electives in several areas, including Business. Students may choose electives which will award them with a minor in Human Resource Management or General Business. See your advisor for information on how to complete these minors.

Career opportunities

The field of Adult Learning and Human and Organizational Development has only strengthened over the past few years with the increasing number of employers realizing that employee learning and development is key to organizational sustainability. The US Department of Labor estimates that the need for employees in the field of employee development and training is expected to be higher than the average growth in jobs overall. Graduates with the BA in Human and Organizational Development will be prepared to pursue entry level positions in corporations, non-profits, government, as well as higher education as training coordinators, training specialists, instructional design technologists, learning and development specialists, and associate training specialists.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Development Coordinator/Specialist
  • Development Trainee
  • Human Resource Development specialist/Coordinator
  • Instructional Design Specialist
  • Learning and Technology Specialist
  • Learning Specialist/Coordinator
  • Learning Strategist
  • Organizational Development Specialist
  • Trainer
  • Training and Development Coordinator
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • Quantitative Foundations requirement only
Science required
  • Natural Sciences requirement only
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5+ cumulative GPA to declare

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2021-2022

Human and Organizational Development, Bachelor of Arts

Tidewater Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Attend New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to Human and Organizational Development through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
Experience Year 2
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Review SOE admissions requirements for transfer students.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Continue with your foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of Education-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about the REAL graduation requirement.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Human and Organizational Development through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Review SOE admissions requirements for transfer students.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Continue with your foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of Education-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about the REAL graduation requirement.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Human and Organizational Development, Bachelor of Arts

Tidewater Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts)

Tidewater Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning MATH 131 3 General education
Foreign Language Beginning Foreign Language 101 VCU equivalent 3 to 4 Elective
History Select 1: HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 3 General education
Humanities Select 1: PHI 101, 111, 220; ART 101, 102; MUS 121; CST 151; REL 230 VCU equivalent 3 General education
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking SPCH 121 3 Elective
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education
Foreign Language Beginning Foreign Language 102 VCU equivalent 3 to 4 Elective
History Select 1: HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 3 General education
Approved elective ECO 120 Survey of Economics ECON 203 3 Major (Ancillary)
Social Science PSY 200 Principles of Psychology PSYC 101 3 Major (Ancillary)
Foreign Language Intermediate Foreign Language 201 or 203 VCU equivalent 3 Major (Ancillary)
Science Select 1: BIO 101, BIO 106, CHM 111, GOL 105, PHY 201 VCU equivalent 4 General education
Social Science SOC 200 Principles of Sociology SOCY 101 3 Major (Ancillary)
SDV 198 Seminar and Project UNIV 1XX 1 Elective
Humanities or Social Science Select any approved humanities or social science elective VCU equivalent 3 Elective
Foreign Language Intermediate Foreign Language 202 or 204 VCU equivalent 3 Elective
Science Select 1: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, CHM 111, CHM 112, GOL 105, PHY 201, PHY 202 VCU equivalent 4 Elective
Social Science Select any approved social science elective VCU equivalent 3 Elective
Tidewater credits transferred to VCU 60 to 62
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
ADLT 300 Introduction to Human and Organizational Development 3 Major
ADLT 301 Adult Learning Theory and Practice 3 Major
ADLT 302 Basics of Instructional Design for Adult Learners 3 Major
ADLT 303 Facilitation Skills for Human and Organizational Development 3 Major
ADLT 304 Designing Online Learning for Adult Learners 3 Major
ADLT 400 Developing Intercultural Competencies in the Workplace: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity 3 Major
ADLT 401 Organizational Development and Change 3 Major
ADLT 404 Team Learning and Development 3 Major
ADLT 405 Project Management in Learning and Development 3 Major
ADLT 406 Consulting Skills in Adult Learning Environments 3 Major
ADLT 490 Internship in Human and Organizational Development 3 Major
EDUS 300 School and Society 3 Major
INFO 160 Digital Literacy: Computer Concepts, Internet, Digital Devices 1 Major (Ancillary)
MASC/INTL 151 or WRLD 203 Global Communications or Cultural Texts and Contexts 3 Major (Ancillary)
Restricted electives (Select 15 credits; see VCU advisor for course options) 15 Major (Ancillary)
Open electives 3 to 5 Elective
Credits completed at VCU 58 to 60
Bachelor's degree total 120