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ACADEMIC LIFE AT HOOD IS ABOUT MORE THAN MAJORS. Yes, during your time here, you’ll discover the field that most excites you and embark on a specialized path. But Hood offers abundant options for customizing your education: You can add a minor that complements your major—or radically departs from it. You can study abroad, enriching your knowledge of the wider world, or pursue teaching certification in your field, expanding your career options. You can take on an internship, perform research or apply for Hood’s prestigious Honors Program. You can focus on an intriguing concentration within your major or even create your own major. And while designing your academic experience, you’ll also sample the spectrum of the liberal arts and learn from professors who teach across disciplines, gaining richer, broader perspectives. Pretty much the only option you won’t encounter at Hood is a prescribed, rigid program. Because the landscape of knowledge is vast—and this is your time to explore it.



Hood’s Core Curriculum—the series of 14 to 16 classes* undertaken by all students—provides a solid grounding in the liberal arts, including preparation in the humanities, sciences and arts, and hones critical and analytical thinking, writing and oral communication skills. Just as important, the Core allows you to explore—to learn who you are, which fields excite you, what type of work feels most rewarding. There are three parts to the Core:

FOUNDATION Foundation courses are where you get started, acquiring the fundamental skills needed for a liberal arts education—clear, concise writing; proficiency in math; engagement in physical activity and wellness; and the abilities to read, write, speak and listen in a foreign language. Courses are required in the following: • English

composition • Computation • Foreign language • Physical education

METHODS OF INQUIRY In Methods of Inquiry courses, you’ll learn how to learn, studying the different approaches liberal arts disciplines take when asking and answering questions. You’ll also become versed in metacognition—that is, thinking about thinking. Courses are required in the following: • Aesthetic

appreciation • Scientific thought • Historical analysis • Social and behavioral analysis • Philosophical inquiry

CIVILIZATION In Civilization courses, you’ll study the events and issues that have had the greatest impact on human history, examining the different values of the world’s civilizations, significant modes of thought and scientific breakthroughs in multiple eras and societies. Courses are required in the following: • Western

civilization civilization • Society, science and technology • Non-Western

*Some students may be exempted from certain requirements through placement tests.



Students completing the minor study the lives and experiences of African-Americans; culture, history and politics; and the interrelated dynamics of class, gender and race. Offerings include The African Diaspora, African-American Feminist Thought, Race and Racism in the United States and Black Theology. The African Studies minor draws on the strengths of the many Hood professors who have studied, lived and completed research in Africa. Students pursuing the interdisciplinary minor study Africa from the perspectives of

anthropology, economics, history, literature, politics and sociology.



(minor or concentration within art and archaeology major)


(major; optional concentrations available in archaeology, art education [pre-K–12], art history and studio art)


(concentration within art and archaeology major or pre-K–12 education certification)


(minor or concentration within art and archaeology major)


Students study American culture from a variety of perspectives, focusing on the relationships between ideas, institu­tions and aesthetic forms. Using the tools of several disciplines—including English, history, political science and sociology—students explore the

symbols, myths and values that pervade American culture.

Archaeology students learn about the art, artifacts and cultures of the ancient world, as well as modern field methods. Students participate in excavations around the world, most recently at sites in Italy, Turkey, Belize, Spain and Bermuda, as well as Civil War battlefields and important historical sites in Maryland and Virginia. The Department of Art and Archaeology offers a range of studio, art history and archaeology courses that prepare students for graduate study or for careers in various professions and crafts. Courses include The Art of Film: History and Technique, Arts of Africa and the Diaspora, Gallery Management and Age of Cathedrals. Opportunities for studying art abroad are also available, and some students pair that with studies of the country’s native language. Hood’s National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)-accredited art education program was recently revived due to student and community demand. Graduates are certified to teach art in pre-K–12th grade. Most courses are scheduled in the Tatem Arts Center, which features a new art exhibit every six weeks in the building’s Hodson Gallery. Art history students and faculty go where the art is.

Professors take students behind the scenes at museums in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

From left to right: National Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian

Hood’s $20 million Hodson Science and Technology Center features cuttingedge laboratory facilities.



(major, minor or secondary education certification)



(major, minor or secondary education certification)

Biochemistry majors acquire a broad foundation in chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics; gain experience with ultra-modern instrumentation and techniques; participate in internships at area biomedi­cal and biotechnology laboratories; and graduate prepared for diverse career fields, from biotechnology to business, as well as for the most prestigious graduate schools in the country. The biology program provides a strong foundation in cell biology, ecology, evolution, genetics and physiology, a wide range of specialized electives and the option to work on independent research with faculty. Every major government and many private research organizations have laboratories within an hour from Hood, making internships and research opportunities abundant for Hood students. The business administration minor, designed to enhance career mobility and improve management skills, introduces students to business theory and issues in today’s global business environment. Course offerings include Introduction to Organizations, Principles of Marketing, International Business and Legal Environment of Business. Wish you could spend some time working with gas chromatographs? Perhaps a graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometer or a calorimeter? Students pursuing chemistry at Hood have access to cutting-edge

instrumentation for hands-on laboratory experiences and opportunities for independent research with faculty. They also hone their lab skills with top-notch internships in the area—some placements are even within walking distance of campus. Chemistry students recently took on internships at the National Cancer Institute, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, U.S. Department of Agriculture and other biotechnology laboratories.


The classical studies minor combines courses in the fields of history, philosophy, literature and art, with a focus on classical civilizations. Required courses include Classical Art and Archaeology and The Ancient World. 3


Students in the cross-disciplinary coastal studies minor—open to all students, not just science majors—spend about a month traveling to marine field laboratories along the East Coast, stopping at each to

explore the unique coastal environments from scientific, literary, historical and cultural perspectives.


(major; optional concentration available in digital media)

The communication arts major offers a mix of practical and theoretical course work that prepares students for the con­verged media environment of the 21st century. All students take a core of communications courses and then choose from a number of electives depending on their career interests in such fields as online or print

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journalism, public relations and digital media.

The major in computational science is a multidisciplinary program combining study in applied mathematics and computing, and the use of knowledge and skills in those areas to solve problems in science. In this program, students take courses in mathematics and computer science and learn to create computer models to simulate real-world situations in one of the sciences: biology, chemistry or physics. Almost all courses in Hood’s CS program, like Data Communications and Network Security, include hands-on learning; students study general CS concepts, such as steganography, and then work together in teams to create projects demonstrating those ideas.

(major or minor)


This minor is designed for students in such majors as social work, psychology, law and society, education and other fields who have interests in the areas of criminology, corrections, criminal or


The on-campus Onica Prall Child Development Laboratory School, begun in 1929, provides classrooms for three- and four-year-olds, as well as a laboratory setting for Hood students to observe, test and develop teaching methods. Hood is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, NCATE, the nation’s premier accrediting organization.




(major or minor; optional concentrations available in international economics or political economy)


Graduates of Hood’s economics program—which emphasizes global

awareness, environmental sensitivity and synergies between theory and practice—have gone on to top graduate programs at institutions such as American, Clemson, George Washington and Harvard universities; and careers at organizations such as the World Bank, IBM, the IRS, AOL, the Federal Reserve Bank and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hood’s elementary/special education program, certified by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, NCATE, was designed with input from teachers, principals and administrators in three school districts. The program offers dual certification and elementary and special education, which prepares students to teach children with and without disabilities, in regular and inclusive classrooms, in grades 1-8. In the Onica Prall Child Development Laboratory School, education students observe and interact with preschoolers.



juvenile justice, criminal law, social policy or human services.


(major or secondary education certification; optional concentrations in creative writing and theater and drama)

Hood’s composition courses are limited to 12 students, allowing for small group

discussion and individualized instruction. The

program fosters critical reading and thinking, and the kind of clear and effective writing that serves students well in their academic endeavors as well as in their professional and personal lives.



(major; optional concentrations available in environmental biology, environmental chemistry and environmental policy)


This interdisciplinary major, tailored to students’ individual interests, examines the relationships between environmental science and other fields, such as biology, chemistry, physics, economics and management, history and political science. Graduates pursue careers or further study in environmental issues as scientists or as policy-makers. Courses required for the cross-disciplinary minor in environmental studies include Biological Inquiry, Evolution and Ecology, Advanced Ecology, Environmental Problems, Introduction to U.S. Politics and Environmental Policy.


French majors enjoy study-abroad programs in Paris or Toulouse and the opportunity to live in Hood’s French language house. Internship sites have included the French Embassy (Office of the Cultural Attaché), the Alliance Française in Washington, D.C., French TV Antenne 2, Linguamundi International, the CIEE Student Center in New York City and the U.S. Information Agency.


Students in the combined French-German major spend time in Strasbourg, France, the seat of several European institutions, or live for two years in Hood’s French or German language houses, where only French and German are spoken. Internships are available in government agencies, international organizations and corporations in Strasbourg.


German majors enjoy study-abroad programs in Heidelberg, Friedberg or Berlin. They may live for two years in Hood’s German language house, where they are immersed in German language and culture, and where a native German-speaking resident assistant provides support and coordinates activities.

(major, minor or secondary education certification)

(major or minor)

(major or minor)






(major, minor or secondary education certification)

Students in gerontology study the aging process; acquire skills required to work effectively with older adults; and learn about the economic, political, clinical and social issues surrounding this growing population. Gerontology minors prepare for careers as project planners, counselors, instructors for adult education programs, grief counselors and educators. This interdisciplinary minor examining global cultural, economic, environmental, gender, social and political dynamics steeps students in the forces of globalization that continue to grow in power and scope, and includes such diverse offerings as International Trade, Evolution and Ecology, Terrorism and Justice, The World Since 1945 and Images of Women. History students participate in internships

at a range of historically significant sites, including the Monocacy National

Battlefield, Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, the Frederick Historical Society and museums and agencies in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.


John Brown’s fort at Harper’s Ferry was the only Armory building to escape destruction during the Civil War.

The journalism minor, designed for noncommunication arts majors who may wish to write in their specialties, includes such offerings as

Mass Media and Society, Editing and Layout, Feature Writing, Communications Law, Media History and Online Journalism.






(major or minor; optional concentrations in accounting, business administration, finance, human resource management, international economics and finance or marketing )


The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures was recently recognized by the Modern Language Association as one of the top 100 language departments in the nation. Latin American studies students have the opportunity to study in Chile, the Dominican Republic and Peru. This program integrates sociology, political science and philosophy to prepare students for careers in court services, corrections, advocacy groups, law enforcement, civil and women’s rights, regulatory agencies and government. Majors also enter graduate programs in areas such as law, justice studies, criminology and public policy. Hood’s literature faculty publishes research in many areas, including American and British literature, cultural studies, biography and the intersection of art and literature. Students work within and across formal boundaries, develop interdisciplinary thought processes and use various modes of critical inquiry. Designed to prepare students for careers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors of an increasingly global economy and diversified workplace, Hood’s management program has received numerous awards for academic excellence, including recognition by the Society for Human Resource Management—the world’s largest association of human resource professionals. Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, the nation’s leading business accrediting organization for business education programs.

Hood’s innovative approach to mathematics—emphasizing Recently, faculty and students spent a summer researching 18th century women mathematicians, including Laura Bassi, Emilie du Châtelet and Marie Agnesi.


(major, minor or secondary education certification)


workshop-style integrated lectures, problem solving, discovery, teamwork and writing—is esteemed by numerous other institutions, and faculty are often asked to lead workshops on their methods. The department gives priority to undergraduate research: recently, two faculty members and four mathematics students spent a summer researching women in mathematics in 18th century Europe, a project that culminated in the students each giving a talk at the National Math Association Conference in San Jose, Calif., and the professors publishing an article in Convergence, an online journal on the history of mathematics. All of Hood’s educational program offerings have received national recognition, recent (April 2009) Maryland State Department of Education re-accreditation and NCATE accreditation.





(major; optional concentrations available in music history and literature, music performance and piano pedagogy)

Students explore the history, literature, religion and art of the Middle Ages, from the vantage point of several disciplines, in such courses as Medieval Art, Chaucer, The English Language, Dante and Giotto, From Celts to Vikings, Women in Medieval Europe and Ancient and Medieval Political Thought. Students working toward a minor in Middle Eastern studies have access to study-abroad programs at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. Graduates of Hood’s Foreign Languages and Literatures department go on to graduate studies or careers in teaching, government, business and international organizations.

Taught by top-notch scholars, performers, recording artists and composers, Hood’s music majors have access to performance venues, the world’s finest pianos and a pipe organ, and a library stocked with thousands of musical publications and online resources. They perform in seven ensembles: choir, chamber singers, string ensemble, wind/ percussion ensemble, jazz ensemble, gospel ensemble and early music ensemble.

Emilie Amt, D.Phil., Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History, pores over an ancient scroll.



This program, for students who wish to pursue music studies but prefer to major in another field, includes courses such as Theory, Music History and Literature, The World of Mozart and World Music.

(minor or concentration within music major)


(minor or concentration within music major)

PHILOSOPHY (major or minor)

PHYSICS (minor)

POLITICAL SCIENCE (major or minor)


(pre-professional preparation)


(pre-professional preparation)


Students have many opportunities to perform: the instrumental ensembles (string, wind, early music and jazz) and choral groups present several concerts each semester, including the annual Messiah performances. Students wrestle with the really big questions: being, knowing, right and wrong, truth. Through internships, majors explore business ethics, medical ethics and the political sphere at bioethics publishers, health research institutes, government agencies, hospitals and businesses. The physics minor includes the courses Electricity and Magnetism, Mechanics and Introduction to Modern Physics, and is especially popular with students interested in the dual degree program in engineering offered by Hood College and The George Washington University. Political science students enjoy timely and interesting courses— such as Gods, Guns and Globalization, The Politics of 9/11 and a course on Jamestown—complemented by exciting experiential learning opportunities in activities like the Maryland Student Legislature, Model UN, Model Arab League and Moot Court Competition. Graduates of the program have gone on, for example, to White House internships, positions with the National Security Agency and careers as prominent attorneys and judges. Hood’s Health Professions Advisory Committee members guide pre-dental students in developing a competitive and appropriate undergraduate program, help students prepare for the Dental College Admission Test and write composite letters of recommendation to accompany eligible students’ applications. For students interested in law school, a Hood education provides a strong foundation in the liberal arts, with an emphasis on English and literature, political science, sociology, philosophy, history or economics. Hood’s Career Center offers help with academic planning and the law school application process.


Biology, biochemistry and chemistry are popular majors for students interested in medical school, but

(pre-professional preparation)

pre-med students may major in any field. Hood’s Health Professions Advisory Committee helps pre-med students chart a competitive program.


(pre-professional preparation)

Veterinary schools require a strong grounding in biochemistry, chemistry and microbiology, balanced by course work in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics. Hood’s Health Profes­sions Advisory Committee and Career Center provide pre-veterinary students with information about program planning, the application process and

veterinary schools.




Psychology majors supplement classroom learning (studying human and animal behavior, from the firing of a single neuron to the death and dying process) with experiential research. In the lab, students are currently exploring pattern-learning in humans and cognition in dogs. Courses in the public relations minor, a range of offerings that combine theory and best practices in the field, include News Writing, Writing for Public Relations, Public Relations Campaigns, Principles of Speech Communication and Principles of Marketing. Students receive a thorough grounding in foundational religious texts and explore themes of religion through such courses as Old and New Testament; Judaism; Indian and Chinese Thought; Myth, Symbol and Ritual; Black Theology; and Liberation Theologies.

(major or minor)


This minor, which explores the history,

literature, philosophy and art of 14th–17th century Western Europe, is recommended for students majoring in history, art, English or a foreign language. Courses include Tudor and Stuart Britain, Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare on Film and Baroque Art.


This minor provides students with research skills that are useful in fields like education, media, public health, community development, urban planning, marketing, politics and advocacy. Students also design and carry out independent research projects, often in collaboration with agencies in Frederick.


The program focuses on social justice, intervention, values and ethics, diversity, at-risk groups and research. Graduates are often granted advanced standing in the master’s in social work program, allowing them to finish the graduate degree in 15 months rather than two years.






SOCIOLOGY (major or minor)

This minor introduces students to the methods and theory of social work practice. It provides a foundation in human behavior and social policy, and teaches intervention strategies designed to enhance functioning of individuals, families, groups and communities. Working with people is at the core of Hood’s sociology program. The curriculum also provides strong training in critical thinking, analytical skills, research and statistics, grant writing, independent research

projects and community-based research.


(major, minor or secondary education certification)


(minor or concentration within art and archaeology major)




WRITING (minor)


Spanish students can study in Seville, Spain, or live in the campus Spanish language house. Recent internship sites include the Mexican Embassy, National Association of Cuban American Women and Servicios Industriales Peñoles in Mexico. Studio art students have access to top-notch studios and facilities for drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, digital art and ceramics. Students in the program often double major, combining studio art with, for example, mathematics, for work or graduate study in architecture; with psychology for art therapy; with biology for medical illustration; or with management for arts administration. Inside the classroom, theater and drama students enjoy courses in Renaissance, modern and Greek drama, among many others; outside, they cultivate their directing and performing skills with the Hood student theater club, which puts on two performances each year. Students pursuing the minor in web development complete such courses as Applied Computer Graphics, Elements of Web Development, Usability Engineering for Web Development and Practicum in Website Development. This minor examines the ways gender intersects with race, ethnicity, nationality, class, sexuality and age. Courses include Gender and the Law, Psychology of Women and Sociology of Sexuality. Hood’s writing minor offers courses in business writing, poetry, screen writing, reporting and fiction. Wisteria, Hood’s student-run literary and arts magazine, co-sponsors readings by area poets and writers.

RESOURCES HODSON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER We don’t like to brag, but the Hodson Science and Technology Center is kind of a big deal. This $20 million, 68,000-square-foot facility houses programs in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental studies, physics, mathematics and computer science, fostering interdisciplinary research and projects among faculty and students. Students have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation including a scanning electron microscope, automated DNA sequencer, high liquid pressure chromatographs and laser spectroscopy systems; an environmental computing center with capability for GIS mapping and satellite image analysis; an aquatic laboratory; a greenhouse with space for plant culture and manipulation; multimedia teaching tools; and labs designed and equipped for ecology, microbiology, molecular biology, cell culture, physiology and animal behavior.

CAREER CENTER The career center is the go-to place for information on volunteer and internship opportunities, advice on planning your career path and help with graduate school applications. With connections throughout the community, our professional staff can direct you to organizations that need volunteers or to the more than 200

local and regional sites that offer internships. Our professional staff can help you with grad school applications or job searches by holding mock interviews and advising about constructing a standout résumé.

CENTER FOR GLOBAL STUDIES At Hood, we understand the importance of preparing students to think critically and to situate their understanding of the world within a global context. The Shirley Conner Hardinge ’44 Center for Global Studies provides resources to enhance, encourage and develop skills that are required to solve the complex issues facing the world today. Whether funding worldrenowned scholars and lectures, international research and study abroad scholarships, or supporting development of short-term international programs, the center is invested in helping students enrich their academic experiences though exposure to international perspectives and culture.

THE BENEFICIALHODSON LIBRARY There’s no one place to find all the answers—not even Google ;-)—but Hood’s Beneficial-Hodson Library comes close, and the friendly, engaged library staff is always on hand to help you find what you’re seeking. The building houses 185,000 books, a modern telecommunications network infrastructure (with a tie-in to the campus network), instructional computer lab and a computing center. The library subscribes to more than 200 print

and microform periodicals, and approximately 50,000 additional titles—and growing—can be accessed online, from anywhere on or off campus. Most students do stop by, since the library is right across from Whitaker Campus Center (where you’ll be spending a lot of time anyway), and because the library’s couches are very comfy.

FREDERICK Frederick, Maryland, isn’t just the quaint, historic town Hood calls home—it’s also an asset to your education. The second-largest city in Maryland and an hour’s drive from the busy cities of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Frederick abounds with opportunities for internships, experiential learning and research—the sorts of co-curricular experiences that will deepen your education and impress future employers.

PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS Who better to teach art than established artists? The members of Hood’s studio art faculty are all active professionals, and the College often invites national and international guest artists to campus for workshops and demonstrations, so students are regularly exposed to new and varied artistic voices, directions and techniques. Faculty and visiting artists also offer advice for surviving in the professional art world, providing practical guidance for students who plan to make a career in art. Additionally, Hood’s Hodson Gallery exhibits work from a variety of nationally and internationally recognized artists.




Interested in supersizing your intellectual development? Hood’s award-winning Honors Program might be a good option for you. This program for ambitious learners offers four years of exciting course work, discussion-oriented classes, co-curricular activities, a community atmosphere, field trips (to places like New York City, the Blackfriars Playhouse and the Kennedy Center), guest speakers (on topics ranging from the role of women in international politics to sexuality in Renaissance art) and even an Honors suite, which includes a lounge, patio and student computer room.

It’s good to ask questions—and even better to discover the answers yourself. Here, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask and answer your own questions, as undergraduate research is a hallmark of Hood. Students in a diverse range of disciplines work in close collaboration with faculty to observe, investigate, manipulate and analyze the questions that most interest them—in the field, in Hood’s cutting-edge laboratories and at nearby research facilities. In addition to research performed during the academic year, Hood’s Summer Research Institute (SRI) offers students the opportunity to spend eight weeks during the summer engaged in research: learning advanced techniques, performing data analysis and presenting findings at a poster session at the end of SRI. Here are just a few of the research topics Hood students and faculty have recently pursued:

Courses are interdisciplinary and often co-taught. Here’s a recent sample of the program’s offerings:

The Behavioral Biology of Frog Vocalizations

The Effectiveness of Industrial Policy in Malaysia

Computer Models for Historic Approximations to Pi

A Comparison of Welfare Policies in Several American States

• Literature • Science, • Evil

of Moral Reflection Knowledge and Art

• Millennial

Mayhem and Apocalyptic Anxiety • Sociology of Disasters • The Chesapeake Bay • Biology: Facts, Future and Fiction A high point of the program is the senior seminar, for which you and your classmates will choose a topic of social, political, historical or international significance to investigate, and the professor who teaches it. Previous topics include Revolutions, The 1980s and Minority Issues in the New Century. Students with outstanding high school records may be invited to apply to the Honors Program, but you may also apply to the program on your own initiative. Here’s a tip—when you apply, you’ll be asked to answer two questions: why do you think you’ll benefit from the Honors Program, and how will the program benefit from having you in it? Just something to think about. 12

The Molecular Biology of Plant Viruses

The BioChemistry of Protein DNA Interactions

A Computation Approach to the Theory of Equation

Methods for the Analysis of Complex Mixtures of Pollutants

Gerbert: The Mathematician who Sold his Soul to the Devil

The Impact of Single Fathers and Custody of Children on Welfare

Our students have accomplished some pretty amazing things, both in and outside of the classroom. Check out these video highlights and student profiles to learn about research and other special opportunities at Hood. • •

INTERNSHIPS A lot of colleges offer internship placements, but few offer them in such abundance and at such exciting and varied locations. Hood is located in or near three cities booming with research, industry, government, technology, business, art, nonprofit and media organizations and companies. Each year Hood students earn valuable real-world experience at more than 200 internship sites in Frederick, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Last year, students had positions at The U.S. Department of State, The National Institutes of Health-National Cancer Institute, Maryland General Assembly, WHAG-TV and Habitat for Humanity, to name a few. Other recent internship sites include: • Angel Publishing • Bechtel • Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County • Centro Hispano de Frederick • Frederick Arts Council • Frederick County Commission for Women • Frederick County Office of Economic Development • Interfaith Housing Alliance • Kaslick, Prete, & Kelly, LLC • Maryland General Assembly • Middle East Institute • National Museum of Civil War Medicine • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection • The Society for Ocean Sciences • The Will Group @Merrill Lynch • UNESCO-Center for Peace • U.S. Department of Labor and Licensing and Regulation • U.S. Fire Administration • United Way of Washington County • Washington Redskins ticket office • WFRE/WFMD radio stations

SERVICE Hood’s motto, Corde et Mente et Manu (With Heart and Mind and Hand), expresses thevalue placed on service by the Hood community. Opportunities abound for students to enhance their studies by engaging in community-based service learning. At the Career Center and Office of Service Learning, student volunteers are matched with local, regional, national and international community

Hood undergraduates find internship positions at some 200 sites, including Merrill Lynch.

service experiences. In addition, Hood is a member of Maryland Campus Compact, a leader in facilitating service-learning to enhance academic learning and advance civic engagement. While students benefit, so do local organizations such as the nonprofit Centro Hispano, which offers educational programs to immigrants in Frederick County to promote their full participation in the community. A few of the organizations where Hood students have volunteered include: • Advanced Biofuels USA • Big Brothers Big Sisters • Boys and Girls Clubs of Frederick • 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center • Frederick Community Action Agency • Frederick County Animal Control • Frederick County Public Schools • Frederick County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association • Frederick Memorial Hospital • Historical Society of Frederick • Interfaith Housing Alliance • Mental Health Association of Frederick County • National Multiple Sclerosis Society • Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs

THE PUBLIC LEADERSHIP EDUCATION NETWORK (PLEN) Women who like to lead: this program could be a good fit. PLEN (a national consortium, of which Hood was a founding member) prepares women for leadership in elected and appointed positions. Hood students who participate in PLEN complete

internships and attend seminars and conferences in Washington, D.C., learning from teachers and mentors who are leaders in the federal government and national advocacy groups—women who influence and make public policy within the United States and around the world.

STUDY ABROAD Hood students get around—the world, that is. Study abroad isn’t just a way to earn credit in a different time zone. It’s also a chance to experience another culture firsthand, learn a foreign language in the best way possible, become a more informed global citizen and expand your worldview— all advantages in our increasingly global society. Hood students have participated in programs in the following locales:* • Australia

• Ireland

• China

• Japan

• Chile

• Dominican

Republic • Egypt • France • Germany • Haiti

• Italy

• Peru

• South • Spain


• Turkey • United


*You can also work with your adviser to find a different destination that’s right for you.

U.S. News & World Report has called Hood “A Great School at a Great Price.”





Hood is an independent liberal arts college, known for its outstanding faculty, research opportunities and experiential learning.

Women: 66% Men: 34% States represented: 33



Average financial aid package for all full-time undergraduate students with need: $25,815 Percent of all full-time undergraduates receiving aid: 96%

115 regular faculty; 95% of all full-time hold the terminal degree in their field Classes taught by faculty: 100% (no graduate/ teacher assistants) Student-to-faculty ratio Undergraduate: 12:1

Located in historic Frederick, Maryland (the third-largest city in the state), Hood is an hour from Washington, D.C., an hour from Baltimore and 30 minutes from the I-270 technology corridor. STUDENTS

Total students: 2,435 Undergraduates: 1,487 Graduate students: 948

Students intern at more than 200 sites in Frederick, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Admission Office 401 Rosemont Avenue Frederick, MD 21701

(includes D.C. and Puerto Rico)

Countries represented: 24

New first-year students: 311 Women: 67% Men: 33% Racially/ethnically diverse students: 33% International students: 2% SAT middle 50%: 970–1200 (Critical Reading, Math) Average GPA: 3.51 Top 50% of high school graduating class: 83% Top 25%: 54% National Honor Society scholars: 37 Residential students: 84%


Hood College offers the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in 30 major fields of study*, 14 master’s degrees, 5 post-baccalaureate certificates and a certification program in educational leadership. Average class size Undergraduate: 17


Hood students participate in more than 60 organizations and 17 honor societies. Student groups include academic/ departmental, cultural, governing/representative, media, performance, programming, service and social groups.


Average GPA: 4.0 (weighted) Average SAT: 1262 Average class rank: top 10% of high school class

* This number includes the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, which is available to transfer students who are registered nurses. For more information about Hood’s nursing program, visit

(800) 922-1599 (301) 696-3400

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, age, or any other protected classification under applicable federal, state, or local law, in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, and their implementing regulations. Hood College complies with applicable laws regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled students and employees. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application process, or to have access to a program, service, or activity of Hood College are requested to contact the Disability Services Coordinator. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Carol M. Wuenschel, Executive Director for Human Resources Equal Employment Officer/Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator • Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701 (AD 312) • (301) 696-3592 •

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