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Undergraduate Majors, Minors, and Certificates

Majors

Concentrations within a major are listed below the major.

*Secondary education certification is available in majors followed by an asterisk (*).

Bachelor of Art 

Art and Archaeology 

  • archaeology
  • art education (preK-12)
  • art history
  • studio arts

Biochemistry 

Biology* 

Chemistry 

Communication Arts 

  • digital media

Early Childhood Education 

Economics 

  • international economics
  • political economy

Elementary/Special Education 

English* 

Environmental Science and Policy 

  • environmental biology
  • environmental chemistry
  • environmental policy

French* 

French/German 

German 

History* 

  • public history

Latin American Studies 

Law and Society 

Management 

  • accounting
  • finance
  • human resource management
  • individual career interest
  • international economics and finance
  • marketing

Mathematics* 

Middle Eastern Studies 

Music 

  • music history and literature
  • music performance
  • piano pedagogy

Philosophy 

Political Science 

Psychology 

Religion 

Social Work 

Sociology 

Spanish* 

Bachelor of Science 

Computer Science 

Pre-Professional Preparation 

Pre-Dental Studies 

Pre-Law Studies 

Pre-Medical Studies 

Pre-Veterinary Studies 

The Single Major 

Students enrolled in one major specialize in one of the fields Hood offers. Declaration of major is made during the spring of the sophomore year.

The name of the major will appear on the student’s permanent record. An academic department may refuse to accept as a major, or may drop as a major, a student whose Grade Point Average in the discipline falls below 2.0.

The Double Major

As a double major, the student specializes in two of the fields Hood offers. At least one of these fields must be declared during the spring of the sophomore year. Students must identify the second major in the same manner during the spring of the junior year. Students should consult the appropriate department chairperson for assignment to a second adviser in the second major.

Double majors must meet the major requirements of both departments and may apply no more than 90 credits of work in the double major to the 124 credits Hood requires for graduation. All courses offered within the major departments are counted in the maximum, even if the courses are not required for the major; the courses may count for requirements in both majors, but the credits can only count toward one major.

Students must confer with both advisers prior to each registration. In programs where there is great overlapping of requirements, a student may not double major (e.g., law and society and political science).

The Interdepartmental Major

The purpose of the major is to allow students with superior achievement to use the existing courses, curriculums and programs to structure an individualized program of studies with the guidance and assistance of a program advisory committee.

Working with the Program Advisory Committee, consisting of faculty members from the represented disciplines, the student submits a petition of interdepartmental major requirements no later than March 15 of the sophomore year to the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies for consideration. Transfer students with first-semester junior status must submit petitions no later than October 15 or March 15 of the first semester on campus.

To graduate as an interdepartmental major with an individually designed program, a student must have at least 15 credits in one of the areas represented in the major and at least 12 credits in another field. The proposed major must total at least 36, and no more than 60 credits (200 level and above). 300- and 400-level courses, including a capstone course, are strongly recommended. Approval is necessary before the student implements the program. The individualized program is a contract and, as such, is binding. Students may count toward the major only those courses which are included in the program outline. (Courses within the disciplines contained in the interdepartmental major, but not included in the program outline, are considered electives.)

If a student wishes to revise the approved program, the primary adviser will assist and the Program Advisory Committee must approve the amended outline by majority vote. Any amendments must be submitted to the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies for approval. However, no significant changes will be permitted if the student is within 36 semester hours of graduation.

Minors

The following minors are offered at Hood:

  • African-American Studies
  • African Studies
  • American Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Studies
  • Coastal Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology and Delinquency
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • French
  • French/German
  • German
  • Gerontology
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Medieval Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Music History and Literature
  • Music Performance
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Public Relations
  • Religion
  • Renaissance Studies
  • Social Science Research
  • Social Work, Pre-Professional Practice
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Studio Art
  • Theater and Drama
  • Web Development
  • Women’s Studies
  • Writing
    Students may choose from a variety of programs which the College has designated as minor fields of study. The purposes of the program of minors are as follows: 
  • To provide opportunities for students to pursue in a focused and integrated manner programs of study not currently available as majors;
  • To use existing resources to provide distinctive and challenging curricular opportunities;
  • To provide an alternative to double majors for students who wish to pursue more than one program of study;
  • To integrate further the liberal arts and career preparation through opportunities to combine a liberal arts major with a career-related minor or a career-related major with a liberal arts minor; and
  • To enable graduates to prepare for careers or further study in more than one area of concentrated knowledge.

The grouping of courses in a minor may be identical to a concentration. However, a concentration is elected by students within a major, while a minor is elected by students majoring in another field. The minor consists of a minimum of 15 credits of course work, forming a coherent program relating to a specific academic objective. Students are allowed to have two majors and a single minor, or a major and two minor fields. Minors are not required of students.

The following are requirements for a minor:
  • A minimum of 12 credits in the minor must be taken outside the student’s major and may not overlap with the major. If there is additional overlap, the credit must count in the major. The course may be used to fulfill a requirement in the minor, but the credit may count only in the major.
  • If a student elects a second minor, a minimum of 12 credits must be taken outside the first minor. Courses may be used to fulfill requirements in both minors, but the credit may count only in one minor.
  • Students must have a Grade Point Average of 2.0 and a minimum of 9 credits completed at Hood College for the minor to be listed on the academic record.
  • A maximum of 21 credits may be counted in the minor.
  • Courses counted in the minor may also count in the Core.
  • Declarations of a minor occur during the spring semester of the junior year when students submit the graduation audit, listing their intended minor field, to the Registrar’s Office.
  • Students may develop their own minor, with the approval of the department or departments that are teaching those classes relative to the student’s proposed minor and of the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies, provided they meet the minimum number of credits and course levels required of minors.

Secondary Education Certification

Hood offers preparation leading to state of Maryland secondary teaching certification (middle through high school) in eight subjects: biology, chemistry, English, French, history, mathematics or Spanish and art (preK-12). For more information, refer to both Education and the field in which you plan to major, in Majors and Programs of Study.

Certificates in Music Performance and Piano Pedagogy

Hood College offers two professional certificates in music for students who already possess a baccalaureate degree in a field other than music. The certificates may be earned in any of the applied music areas offered at Hood: voice, piano, organ, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, double bass, trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, tuba, clarinet, saxophone, flute, oboe and guitar, as well as piano pedagogy. For more information, see Music in Majors and Programs of Study.