Human and Organizational Leadership and Development, B.A.

School of Education

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Peabody Hall, CB# 3500

(919) 966-1346

Thurston Domina, Program Director

Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Dean

Harriet Able, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies

Jill Hamm, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development

Diana Lys, Interim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Diana Lys, Assistant Dean for Educator Preparation and Accreditation

David Churchill, Assistant Dean for Finance and Operations

Leslie Deslis, Assistant Dean for Development

Audrey Fulton, Director of Advising and Undergraduate Student Engagement

Lisa Johnson, Registrar

The human and organizational leadership and development (HOLD) program prepares graduates to understand, lead, and work effectively with a diverse set of stakeholders in organizations focused on learning and human development. The curriculum provides students with a grounding in the science of learning and adult learning, organizational and leadership theory, quantitative and qualitative social science research methods, and data-informed decision making. Students will gain an insight into the learning and development in a broad range of organizations, including businesses, non-profits, and government agencies that are committed to cultivating clients' and workers' capacities. In order to thrive in learning-oriented organizations, students must be skilled collaborators and communicators, keen observers of social structure and dynamics, as well as careful data consumers and analysts.  


The School of Education will admit students to the HOLD program beginning Fall 2021. Additional information about admission procedures and deadlines will be available during the 2020-21 academic year. 

Department Programs



Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the human and organizational leadership and development program, students should be able to: 

  • Gather and analyze data to critically assess and understand organizational dynamics
  • Demonstrate organizational leadership skills, including effective written and oral communication, project management, and cultural sensitivity
  • Collaborate with diverse stakeholders to change organizations and cultivate human development.


In addition to the program requirements, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC–Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (course and credit hours) at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a C or better in all courses for the HDFS major (core and additional requirements).

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements 1
EDUC 2-- Inquiry and Data Applications3
EDUC 309An Examination of Quality and the Pursuit of Betterness3
EDUC 3-- Organizational and Community Development3
EDUC 390Special Topics in Education (Internship/Practicum Project)3
EDUC 4-- Research Translation and System Improvement3
EDUC 505Leadership in Educational/Nonprofit Settings3
EDUC 508Equity, Leadership, and You3
EDUC 583Career and Professional Development3
EDUC 698Internship in Human Development and Family Studies (taken twice)6
At least five elective courses from the list below: 15
Total Hours45

Approved Elective Courses

EDUC 410Families and Communities in Diverse Contexts for Youth3
EDUC 504Learning in the Modern World3
EDUC 506Politics, Policymaking, and America's Schools3
EDUC 509Helping Youth Thrive in K-12 Schools3
EDUC 510Mexican American and Chicana/o Experience in Education3
EDUC 521Schools, Cultures, and Communities I: Youth3
EDUC 522Schools, Cultures, and Communities II: Schools3
EDUC 526Ethics and Education: From Global Problems to Classroom Dilemmas3
EDUC 529Education in American Society3
EDUC 532Human Development and Learning3
EDUC 533Social Justice in Education3
BUSI 405Leading and Managing: An Introduction to Organizational Behavior3
BUSI 507HSustainable Business and Social Enterprise3
COMM 120Introduction to Interpersonal and Organizational Communication H3
COMM 325Introduction to Organizational Communication H3
COMM 525Organizational Communication3
MNGT/SOCI 131Social Relations in the Workplace3
NSCI 222Learning H3
PLCY 210Policy Innovation and Analysis H3
PLCY 235Nonprofits and Public Policy3
PLCY 330Negotiation and Mediation: The Practice of Conflict Management3
PLCY 340Justice in Public Policy H3
PSYC 101General Psychology3
PSYC 250Child Development H3
PSYC 260Social Psychology H3
PSYC 465Poverty and Development3
SOCI 101Sociological Perspectives H3
SOCI 112Social Interaction3
SOCI 251Research Methods3
SOCI 252Data Analysis3
SOCI 410Formal Organizations and Bureaucracy3
SOCI 415Economy and Society3

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans can be used as a guide to identify the courses required to complete the major and other requirements needed for degree completion within the expected eight semesters. The actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Students should meet with their academic advisor to create a degree plan that is specific and unique to their interests. The sample plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UNC–Chapel Hill in the fall term. Some courses may not be offered every term.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearHours
ENGL 105 English Composition and Rhetoric 3
Language Levels 2 and 3 (FL) 6
Lifetime Fitness (LFIT) 1
Additional General Education and elective courses 20
Hours 30
Sophomore Year
Quantitative Reasoning course 3
Additional General Education and elective courses 27
Hours 30
Junior Year
EDUC 2-- Inquiry and Data Applications 3
EDUC 309 An Examination of Quality and the Pursuit of Betterness 3
EDUC 3-- Organizational Community Development 3
EDUC 505 Leadership in Educational/Nonprofit Settings 3
EDUC 583 Career and Professional Development 3
HOLD elective courses and additional General Education courses 15
Hours 30
Senior Year
EDUC 390 Special Topics in Education 3
EDUC 4-- Research Translation and System Improvement 3
EDUC 508 Equity, Leadership, and You 3
EDUC 698 Internship in Human Development and Family Studies (taken twice) 6
HOLD elective courses and additional General Education courses 15
Hours 30
Total Hours 120

Special Opportunities in Education

Honors in the School of Education

During the fall semester of the senior year, an honors student in the School of Education participates in the first of a two-course sequence. This first course is an honors thesis class to begin the thesis preparation and writing process. During the spring semester of the senior year (likely the HDFS internship semester), the student takes the second course in the honors class sequence. Across the two courses the student completes an honors thesis. In the spring semester there is an oral examination to defend the thesis. The program is limited to students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 at the start of the fall semester of the senior year. That is, students who wish to undertake a senior honors thesis project must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher in order to begin the project, and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher through graduation.