2017-2018 Catalog > Graduate Studies > Graduate Academic Programs and Fields of Study > Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior, M.A. (formerly Human Sciences)
Program Director: Diane Graves, Ph.D.; firstname.lastname@example.org; 301-696-3963
The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human nature and its relationship with the various issues of contemporary society. The goal of the program is to provide a deeper understanding of human experience and the world we live in and to broaden students’ perspectives and understanding of human behavior as applied to their professional and civic roles. This program can provide existing career enhancement, open new career paths, as well as a stimulating path for life-long learners. The MA program is open to qualified applicants to the Graduate School.
Students applying for the Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior program must submit one official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred and a personal statement of goals. The quality of the personal statement’s content and structure carries considerable weight in determining admission to this program.
For additional admission information, see Graduate Admission.
NOTE: Course substitutions are not permitted. A student may be exempted from these requirements by petition to the appropriate department. The petition must be in writing and, if approved, written evidence of the exemption must be forwarded to the Graduate School by the program director. The exemption is made a part of the student’s record. When a course is formally exempted, another course must be taken. Exemption does not constitute credit.
Two routes to the master’s degree in the Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior are available. They are:
1.0 - 3.0
PSY 575R, PSY 590, PSY 595, THAN 525: Not eligible for the comprehensive exam.
In addition to the MA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior, students may obtain a Certificate in Thanatology if they choose the following as their four elective courses:
Students must indicate intent to complete the Certificate in Thanatology by emailing the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com.
NOTE: Course substitutions are not permitted. A student may be exempted from these requirements by petition to the appropriate department. The petition must be in writing and, if approved, written evidence of the exemption must be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar by the program director. The exemption is made a part of the student’s record. When a course is formally exempted, another course must be taken. Exemption does not constitute credit.
Students take a comprehensive examination of five completed courses: any three of the four required Psychology courses and any two electives except PSY 575R, PSY 590, PSY 595, THAN 525. Students must pass at least four of the five course examinations.
Students may choose to write a thesis which would require an additional six credits above the 30-credit course requirement. Students must obtain faculty permission to pursue this option, and it is recommended that they have a strong background in statistics and research methodology.
Graduates of the versatile M.A. program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior (previously Human Sciences) have worked in a wide range of areas, including:
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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