Human Capital Education and Development


Human capital education and development is an interdisciplinary, comprehensive degree program focused on organizational learning, assessment and development preparing you for diverse occupational settings across a variety of public and private sectors. 

Prior to beginning core and specialized courses in human capital education and development, you will complete a 15-hour interdisciplinary support area that is either a minor or aligned with fast-growing regional technical sectors such as business, human services, nursing and health care, information technology or manufacturing and STEM. In the third year, this interdisciplinary support area will be paired with learning theory at the individual, organizational and societal levels to prepare you to design effective training, change management and career development programs to meet an organization’s or a community’s human capital needs. 

This program will prepare you for diverse careers in training and development; instructional design and coordination; management consulting and analysis; workforce development, analytics and research; administrative services management; social and community services management; and program improvement and organization development.


  • This program is designed for maximum flexibility; starting in the third year, all courses are offered online with one Saturday seminar each semester in Clemson.
  • This program offers varied pathways for entry, whether you are a transfer student, a nontraditional student, a traditional first-year student, changing your major or a high school dual-enrollment student.
  • In 2018, average annual salaries for human capital education and development professionals ranged between $60,000-$108,000 in South Carolina and $65,000-$121,000 nationally.
  • Graduates will have a competitive edge through acquisition of in-demand professional skills and competencies including diversity and inclusion, learning technologies, systems theory and thinking, organizational development and instructional design.
  • Many occupations that this degree will prepare you to enter are classified as “bright outlook,” meaning they are projected to experience above average job growth.


After completing the initial 60 hours of general education requirements, interdisciplinary support area and other elective courses, you will begin work in human capital education and development courses. These courses will introduce you to career and workplace competencies from three in-demand fields: human resource development, learning sciences and systems improvement science.

  • Core Learning
    • Systems and organizational learning improvement
    • Learning and motivation across the lifespan
    • Practical research
    • Concepts of human capital education and development
  • Specialized Learning
    • Directed research in human capital education and development
    • Program evaluation
    • Improvement science
    • Design-based thinking
    • Assessment and learning analytics
    • Effective online learning and development
    • Human capital and learning analytics
    • Learning, career and talent development
    • Workforce and organizational development
    • Contemporary technological issues
  • Field-based and Applied Learning
    • Capstone human capital education and development
    • Directed research in human capital education and development
    • Internship in human capital education and development
    • Co-op in human capital education and development
    • Applied research in human capital education and development
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