About Undergraduate Course Offerings

Practical Learning Courses - Internships, Field Work, Practicums

Practical learning courses include internships, directed projects, field work and practicums. These courses are directly supervised by faculty at Hood College, are graded in a similar manner and awarded credit in the same unit as resident courses, are part of an approved curriculum and meet a requirement for graduation. Students are expected to spend at least as much time in preparation and training as is normally required for resident courses; each course has an assigned instructor; and interaction between instructor and student is regularly scheduled. The planned program of activities is controlled by the school, not by officials of the external agency.

Independent Study (375) and Teaching Assistantships (335)

Independent study (375) and teaching assistantships (335) are not conventional classroom or laboratory experiences but are an integral part of Hood’s programs. A Hood faculty member is required to supervise and schedule regular interaction with students involved in these learning experiences.

Core Curriculum

Course titles followed by (CORE) indicate courses included in the Core Curriculum. Refer to Undergraduate Degree Requirements.

Course Numbering System

100-499 Courses numbered in this way designate undergraduate courses.

299 Special topics courses are offered in many departments or on an interdepartmental basis. The content and methods of such courses vary with the interest of students and faculty members, emerging knowledge or issues and opportunities for field experience. A special topics course may or may not count toward the major.

397 An upper-level special topics course offered at the discretion of the department. The content and methods vary with the interest of students and faculty members.

498 Special Topics (Reserved for double-numbered courses.) See individual departmental listings in current class schedule.

499 Designates departmental honors paper, a two-semester senior-year program designed for students who wish to pursue intensive research or special projects in close coordination with faculty advisers. Departmental honors students are known as the Christine P. Tischer Scholars and receive 6 credits for this work.

Departments identify potential Tischer Scholars from junior majors with a 3.0 overall grade point average and a 3.5 in the major, and invite students from that list to participate in Departmental Honors. Students who accept then choose topics in consultation with a depart-mental honors adviser. Students, in consultation with their advisers, select an advisory committee of two additional faculty members—one of whom must be outside the student’s major department—who will advise the student as needed and serve as readers. During the senior year, The Tischer Scholars are expected to work closely with their departmental honors advisers and, where needed, their other readers. They are also required to maintain a B average in the major and present a completed paper or project by the date set by the Honors Committee in order to qualify for departmental honors at Commencement. Tischer Scholars receive 6 credits, which may be applied to the major or considered as electives. A grade of B- or below for the departmental honors project results in conversion of the project to 6 credits of independent study. Withdrawal from the Departmental Honors Program requires the permission of the department chair, the departmental honors advisers and the honors director.

All Departmental Honors Papers are included in the permanent collections of the Beneficial Hodson Library.

About Graduate Course Offerings

500-599 Courses numbered in this way designate graduate courses.

The discipline to which the credits listed below are assigned will depend upon the field that the student selects as the area of concentration:

570 Seminar See individual department listings for descriptions. (3-6 credits)

575 Independent Study Reading and/or research in a selected field. An approved title for the independent study must be submitted with the registration forms. Prerequisite: permission of the chair of the department.

A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to a degree program. (1-6 credits)

579 Independent Research Project

580 Master’s Thesis Preparation Supervision of the master’s thesis. Required of all degree candidates who select the thesis option. (6 credits)

585 Master’s Field Work Project Supervision of the master’s field work project. Required of all degree candidates who select the field work project option. (6 credits)

Optional 3-Credit Field Work Project An optional 3-credit field work project is available for students who want to apply theories and techniques learned during their master’s study in a field work setting.

598 Special Topics (Reserved for double-numbered courses.) See individual departmental listings in current class schedule.

599 Special Topics A special topics course may be offered either within a single department or on an interdepartmental basis. The content and methods of such courses depend upon the interests of the faculty and students. (1-6 credits)