2016-2017 Catalog > Undergraduate Studies > Undergraduate Majors > Psychology Major, B.A.
The major in psychology covers aspects of human and animal behavior ranging from the firing of a single neuron to the death and dying process. Psychology can prepare students for various entry-level jobs in social services, mental health, management or almost any area that requires a broad liberal arts education. The psychology major can also be the basis for admission to graduate or professional training in psychology, medicine and law, for example. The possibilities can include many other areas and can be enhanced by the selection of elective courses and participation in complementary experiences.
Opportunities exist for internships, and in the past, students have worked with hospitalized children, adolescents and adults in outpatient treatment facilities and community mental health agencies, as well as a number of business settings. Previous settings include: the National Institute of Mental Health, The Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Fort Detrick (NCI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the White House, Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center, the Maryland School for the Deaf, the American Psychological Association, the Jefferson School, the Frederick County Hotline, and the National Park Service.
Psychology majors must complete a minimum of 40 credits in psychology, including at least 24 credits at the 300 level or above. A minimum of 12 credits in psychology must be taken at Hood.
PSY 101, PSY 211, and PSY 312 must be completed with a grade of C- or better to count in the major and to fulfill the prerequisite for higher level courses.
Statistics courses completed in another discipline will fulfill the requirement but will not count toward the 40 credit minimum in psychology courses.
All majors must take the ETS's Major Specific Test in their senior year.
All majors are encouraged to complete at least one complementary experience along with their major in psychology. Complementary experiences include, but are not limited toa research assistantship (requires faculty approval)
a research assistantship (requires faculty approval)
an internship (requires departmental approval)
an Honors Project (requires departmental selection)
a foreign language proficiency or study abroad (see College catalog)
a teaching assistantship (requires faculty selection)
an independent study (requires faculty approval)
a double major or minor(s) (see Undergraduate Majors)
Students should consult with their advisor about which complementary experiences are best for them depending on their long-term goals and short-term plans after graduation.
3. Majors can expand their interests in psychology by including any of the following electives:
1.0 - 4.0
4.0 - 12.0
Through an integration of the liberal arts and the professions, Hood College provides an education that empowers students to use their hearts, minds and hands to meet personal, professional and global challenges and to lead purposeful lives of responsibility, leadership, service and civic engagement.
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