2014-2015 Catalog > Undergraduate Studies
Admission to Hood College is competitive and is offered to students who have outstanding academic credentials and personal characteristics indicating they will contribute to the diversity and richness of the campus. Applicants are selected on the strength of their academic record, standardized test (optional)scores, character and leadership potential and co-curricular activities.
Hood offers four different avenues for admission to its undergraduate programs:
First-year student admission —intended for students who are in secondary school, or who have graduated recently from high school and have never enrolled at another college;
Transfer admission —intended for students who have graduated from secondary school and have matriculated at another college or university;
International student admission —intended for students who are not citizens of the United States and have graduated from secondary school or are looking to transfer from another college or university;
Hood Start —a program for exceptional high school juniors and seniors that allows them to take college courses for credit while in high school.
Campus visits are encouraged for all prospective students. The undergraduate Admission Office schedules appointments for interviews and campus tours, and also hosts numerous campus visit programs through the year. Campus visits may be arranged online at www.hood.edu/visit or by contacting the Office of Admission at 301-696-3400.
Contact information for undergraduate admission at Hood is as follows:
Hood College requires the following items as part of its first-year application process:
In some cases, the Admission Office may request additional supporting information in order to reach a final admission decision.
All applicants for first-year student admission are expected to have completed a full college preparatory curriculum, including the following:
For information regarding International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, credit by examination and transfer credit policies, please see Undergraduate Academic Policies.
Test Optional Policy
Hood College evaluates students on the basis of their academic preparation, talents, and interests, as well as Hood College’s ability to help them achieve their educational and career goals. Understanding that standardized test scores may not be the best indication of an academically prepared student, Hood College offers the Test Optional Choice.
Test Optional Choice candidates will be evaluated based on the rigor of the high school curriculum, GPA, class rank (if available), letters of recommendation, essay and extracurricular and community activities. An on-campus interview is highly recommended. Interested applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
Hood College recognizes that a growing number of students and families may choose a home-schooling alternative in place of a traditional secondary school experience. In order to accurately assess a home-schooled applicant’s likelihood of success at Hood, we will require several forms of documentation in addition to the usual application materials.
Applicants for admission to Hood College who have completed some or all of their secondary education in a home-schooling environment will be required to submit the following:
If the student does not have a high school diploma or has not completed high school, we will require the results of an official GED examination. The Departments of Education in several states (notably, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia) do not recognize a home schooling certificate as an equivalent to a high school diploma. The College must be able to certify that all degree-seeking students hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, or have proven the ability to benefit from a college education.
Hood welcomes transfer students at every stage in their academic and professional lives. Our transfer agreements with other colleges help ease the admission process and guide students in their efforts to take appropriate courses prior to transferring to Hood. Students transferring to Hood from a community college are encouraged to enroll in classes that meet requirements for an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree
Community college students are urged to consult their transfer counselor concerning transfer agreement and course equivalencies, or contact the Office of Admission.
The registrar evaluates prior college coursework after the point of admission for applicability to degree requirements at Hood College. Credit is generally awarded for courses that are clearly applicable to a baccalaureate degree and for which the student earned a grade of C- or above. Courses that are clearly vocational or occupational in nature will not be accepted as credit toward the baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 62 credits may be awarded for freshman and sophomore level work completed elsewhere. Although there is no limit for junior and senior level coursework, students will be awarded no more than a total of 94 credits for all college-level work completed.
For detailed information on transfer credit policies, see Undergraduate Academic Policies, Transfer Policy.
Students who have an enrollment record at any college after their graduation from high school are considered a transfer student and should use the transfer application. Any student with a college GPA and more than 11 transferable credits at the time of application will be evaluated primarily on the basis of their prior college record. Transfer students should submit the following materials for consideration:
Application deadlines for all international students: Fall – June 15, Spring – November 15
International students, whether in the United States or abroad, may apply for admission as a first-year student or transfer student. International applicants are encouraged to submit their applications online. Applicants should note that all documents submitted as part of the admission process become the property of Hood College and will not be returned.
International first-year student applicants must have completed their secondary education or plan to complete it by the semester prior to enrollment. Applications that include all of the materials listed below will be reviewed for admission:
Optional information that will facilitate the admission decision:
Applications that include all of the materials listed below will be reviewed for admission:
The following documents are required if you have less than 24 transferable college credits:
The Hood Start program allows exceptional high school juniors and seniors to get a head start on the college academic experience, earning college credits while in high school. The program is designed to help students become familiar with academic work at the college level and to interact with College faculty. Depending on their high school schedule, Hood Start students typically take 1-3 classes per semester. A maximum of 18 credits may be earned through the Hood Start program. Hood Start students may not exceed 11 credits in any given semester. Enrollment is on a space available basis.
Students may enroll in the fall, spring or summer semesters, and have the opportunity to discuss academic goals and post-secondary options with a Hood College academic adviser. Most classes at the 100- and 200-level are open to Hood Start students; they may enroll in 300-level courses when the prerequisites have been met or with permission of the instructor. Hood Start students pay reduced tuition at $155 per credit and are responsible for additional fees (lab, music practice rooms, parking permit), required course material and books.
Hood Start applicants will be required to:
Hood Start students are guaranteed admission into Hood College upon successful completion of Hood Start classes and high school degree requirements. Students interested in the Hood Start program must apply through the Admission Office; for information contact 301-696-3400, email@example.com or www.hood.edu.
Complete and submit the Hood Start application by: Fall semester – August 15, Spring semester – December 15
Admission to Hood College is offered on a rolling basis. Students applying for the fall semester are encouraged to apply before January 1st. Applications for the spring semester should be received by December 1st.
To confirm enrollment at Hood, all new undergraduate students are required to pay a one-time enrollment deposit. The enrollment deposit is $350. An additional housing deposit of $300 is required for all students who reside on campus. The deposits are applied in-full to tuition, housing and fees.
The deadline for payment of the enrollment deposit is May 1 for the fall semester and December 15 for students starting in the spring semester. The enrollment deposit is not refundable after these dates.
Our admission process for first-year, transfer and international students entails a thorough, review of each application. It is unusual for a decision to be reversed. The Office of Admission will review a written appeal if the applicant can provide significant new information to consider. If there are grounds for an appeal because of new information, please follow the steps outlined below:
Students are admitted for the term for which they originally applied, unless they notify the Admission Office that they are unable to enroll for that term due to unusual or personal circumstances. Admitted students are permitted to defer their enrollment for up to 12 months, provided they do not alter their original admission status by completing additional coursework at another institution in the interim. Students who are deferring their admission must pay the enrollment deposit to hold their space in the class.
If an admitted student defers enrollment, and then attends another institution (whether coursework is completed or not), that student will need to be re-evaluated for both admission and for merit scholarships.
Hood College actively supports the rights of students with disabilities to have equal access to education. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Hood makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities.
In order to receive appropriate advice and accommodations, students who have a disability must notify The Josephine Steiner Center for Academic Achievement and Retention as soon as possible. Early notification prevents delay in initiation of services and ensures the student full access to educational activities. The disability services coordinator and/or the medical staff, in consultation with the student, prepares a plan for services and forwards authorization for specified services (such as note-taking, interpreting, special housing) to the appropriate offices on campus.
Tuition, Fees and Other Charges for the 2014-2015 Academic Year
Refer to Tuition and Fees at http://www.hood.edu/accounting for future pricing information.
All fees listed are per semester.
Payment of tuition, fees and other charges is due generally one week before the start of the fall and spring semesters and by the first day of class for the summer terms. Students registering after the deadline must make payment at the time of registration. Students may pay their tuition using the Monthly Payment Plan. Information on this option can be found at www.hood.edu/paymentplan or by calling the Accounting Office at 301-696-3609.
By registering for classes, the student agrees that in the event the student becomes delinquent or defaults in paying charges due to Hood College, the student agrees to reimburse Hood College the fees of any collection agency, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 33 1/3% of the debt, and all cost and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, Hood College incurs in such collection efforts.
Students who withdraw from Hood will have their fall and spring semester charges adjusted according to the schedule below:
(See the current College calendar for the actual dates.)
There are no refunds of the room fee after the first day of classes. There are no refunds of tuition after the end of the drop-add period. Refunds of the board fee are continued on a pro rata weekly basis throughout the semester. There are no refunds of any fees (comprehensive, academic records, course audit, student teaching, parking or student health insurance) once the semester has begun. This refund policy applies to students who withdraw from the College and to those who take a leave-of-absence during the semester.
Withdrawal refunds are determined by the effective date noted on the Change of Status or Leave of Absence Form filed with the Registrar’s Office for undergraduate students and the written withdrawal files with the Graduate Office for graduate students.
The Office of Financial Aid is required to recalculate federal financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw. Up through 60 percent of the semester, a pro rata schedule is used to determine how much federal aid a student has earned at the time of withdrawal. The portion of unearned aid must be returned to the federal programs. When unearned aid is returned, a student may owe the College additional funds.
For students whose personal and family resources are insufficient to meet their total educational expenses, Hood administers both need-based and non-need-based financial aid and offers personalized assistance in obtaining other educational resources from outside sources.
Hood College determines the type and amount of aid students may receive by evaluating the student’s financial need and availability of funds. Eligible students receive awards on a first-come, first-served basis.
To determine a student’s financial need, the student must complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Need for financial aid is determined by the following calculation:
Cost of Attendance (COA) Less Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Equals Financial Need
To determine the EFC, the calculation formula used is the Federal Need Analysis set by the U.S. Department of Education. Factors that are taken into consideration include: family size, number of students in college, income and assets of both the student and parents and the age of the oldest parent.
Complete the FAFSA fully and carefully to avoid delays in processing. FAFSA forms should be submitted online no later than February 15 to receive full consideration for all types of need-based aid. For Hood College to receive FAFSA results, list Hood’s school code, 002076, on the application.
After financial need is determined, the Office of Financial Aid can begin to put together a financial aid “package.” Each student’s financial situation is different, so each financial aid package is unique. A financial aid package will include one or more types of financial aid. The most common types of financial aid include: scholarships, grants, loans and work-study.
All need-based financial aid awards are made in accordance with three criteria: enrollment in a degree-granting program at Hood College, demonstrated financial need and the student’s ability to maintain satisfactory academic progress. For many of the need-based financial aid programs, students must be enrolled for at least 6 credits per semester. In addition, for a student to be eligible for any federal financial aid, the student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States; have a high school diploma or equivalent; not be in default on a Federal Perkins Loan or Federal Stafford Loan; and be registered with Selective Service (if required).
Students who qualify for financial aid are notified in the form of a financial aid award letter.
This award letter is sent to admitted students in the spring prior to the academic year for which financial assistance is sought. Continuing students will receive their award letters beginning in April prior to the fall semester upon receipt of their renewal application for financial aid and any other required documents.
All financial aid forms are located on the Financial Aid page of the Hood website.
Awarded to undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need. Prorated awards may be made to eligible part-time students. Students must be pursuing their first baccalaureate degree.
Awarded to undergraduate students with the greatest demonstrated financial need. Students must be pursuing their first baccalaureate degree.
Awarded to full-time undergraduates who demonstrate financial need. Funding is limited. Students must be pursuing their first baccalaureate degree upon initial enrollment.
Loans for undergraduate students demonstrating financial need are made at 5 percent simple interest. No interest accrues while in school and repayment does not begin until nine months after the recipient leaves Hood College. Loans are dependent upon financial need.
This federally-funded need-based employment program enables eligible undergraduate students to earn money for miscellaneous expenses while gaining practical experience in on- and off-campus jobs.
Awarded to students who are not eligible for federal work-study. Funded and administered by Hood College. Limited number of positions are available.
A need-based student loan program offered to undergraduate and graduate students. The interest rate is fixed. No interest accrues and generally no payments are due while a student is enrolled on at least a half-time basis. Repayment generally begins six months after leaving Hood College.
A non-need-based student loan program offered to undergraduate students. The interest rate is fixed. The six-month deferment applies only to repayment on the principal. Interest accrues when the loan is disbursed. Students are mailed quarterly interest statements at which time they may elect to pay the interest.
Parents may borrow up to the cost of education, minus any financial aid received, for each dependent undergraduate student. The interest rate is fixed. Repayment on principle and interest begins when the loan is disbursed, however deferment options are available.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission offers several need-based scholarships and grants for Maryland residents. The scholarships and grants most frequently awarded to Hood students include, but are not limited to, the Educational Assistance Grant, the Guaranteed Access Grant, Senatorial Scholarship and Delegate Scholarship. In order to be considered for a Maryland State Scholarship, a student must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1. Some state scholarships may have additional application requirements. Please check with the Maryland Higher Education Commission-Student Financial Assistance at 800-974-0203 or www.mhec.state.md.us.
Hood College serves as a liaison/informational resource to veterans by providing Veterans Administration forms and certifying military students for benefits. To initiate or continue benefits, veterans must contact the Registrar’s Office, 301-696-3616, at the beginning of each semester to complete the required paperwork, in compliance with the policies and procedures established by the registrar and the Veterans Administration. Information and application forms may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office located on the second floor of the Joseph Henry Apple Academic Resource Center.
Process Overview and Responsibilities
In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education, the Office of Financial Aid at Hood College monitors undergraduate and graduate students after the spring semester each academic year for successful completion of satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards. For financial aid eligibility, terms are defined as fall, spring and summer. All students are measured on qualitative (grade-based) and quantitative (time-based) standards. Students who fail to meet SAP standards are not eligible for any financial aid unless an appeal is granted. Students who fail to meet SAP standards can only appeal one time and change their major one time.
Programs affected by not meeting SAP standards include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized), Federal Plus Loans, Federal SEOG, Federal Work Study, state grants and scholarships, and institutional scholarships.
Qualitative Standards (Grade-based)
Qualitative standards measure a student’s quality of performance in terms of GPA, including basic skills courses (reading, writing, mathematics).
Each semester a student must meet the following cumulative GPA standard:
Total Hours Attempted
Minimum GPA Requirement
In order to graduate, a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. If a student fails to meet the above GPA requirements, he/she will be suspended from financial aid but will have the opportunity to submit an appeal.
Quantitative Standards (time-based also referred to as PACE)
In order to maintain financial aid eligibility, the U.S. Department of Education requires a student to successfully complete 67% of the credits for which he/she attempted as shown in the example below:
Hood College Office of Financial Aid calculates the pace at which you are progressing in your SAP academic plan by dividing the cumulative number of credits you have successfully completed by the cumulative number of credits you have attempted. All periods of enrollment count when assessing quantitative standards, even periods in which the student did not receive financial aid.
Pace=Cumulative number of credits that you have successfully completed
Cumulative number of credits that you have attempted
Unsatisfactory grades of F, INC, AU, F, S and U do not count as completed courses but will count as attempted credits. In addition, repeated coursework is counted as attempted hours for financial aid eligibility. Students can only receive financial aid for a passed course one additional time. If the student registers for a previously passed course the third time, the course is ineligible for financial aid. Students are eligible up to 30 attempted hours for basic skills courses (reading, writing, mathematics) which are not counted in the quantitative standards. If a student exceeds 30 attempted hours without successful completion, the student becomes ineligible for financial aid and must pay for those courses prior to continuing at Hood College.
Transfer credits that count toward the student’s current program count as attempted and completed for financial aid eligibility.
Quantitative Standards (maximum timeframe)
Students must be making progress toward a degree. To quantify academic progress, Hood College must set a maximum timeframe in which you are expected to finish a program. A student must complete his/her program of study within 150% of the length of the program. If a student needs additional time to complete the degree, the student may submit an appeal for financial aid. Students at Hood College are expected to complete 124 credit hours to earn an undergraduate degree. Students are eligible to receive financial aid up to 186 attempted hours at Hood College (not including 30 credit hours for basic skills courses). If additional time is needed, students can submit an appeal to the Director of Financial Aid.
Students are placed on financial aid suspension if they do not meet one or both of the SAP standards. Hood College monitors SAP annually at the end of spring semester and students are notified accordingly. Students are not given a warning period since the process is monitored once per academic year. Students have the option to appeal for financial aid once they are on suspension.
Students on financial aid suspension may appeal in writing to the Director of Financial Aid. Appeals must be submitted by July 1 in order to review for the upcoming fall semester. Students must provide in writing the extenuating circumstance(s) why SAP was not made and submit any supporting documentation. The student must state how the situation has changed and what action will be taken in order to meet SAP standards at the next evaluation period (end of spring semester). If the appeal is for maximum timeframe, the Director of Financial Aid may request the student to submit an academic plan signed by his/her advisor. The Director of Financial Aid will notify the student if such documentation is needed for the appeal.
The Director of Financial Aid will review the appeal and notify the student in writing within ten business days of the decision. All decisions made by the Director of Financial Aid are final.
If the appeal is granted, students will be placed on financial aid probation for one semester and are expected to improve their SAP status by the end of the semester probation is granted. If, at that time, the student does not meet SAP standards, the student will be suspended from financial aid with no opportunity to appeal. If the student is successful, the student will be removed from probation and placed in good standing for financial aid eligibility. In order to be successful, the student must meet cumulative GPA standards and maintain a 67% cumulative passing rate. If the student is placed on academic plan and is following the plan, the student shall remain on probation until program completion and will be eligible for financial aid.
Hood College has developed an extensive merit scholarship program that recognizes outstanding achievement and/or demonstrated talent and accomplishment in leadership, research, community service or writing. Students admitted to Hood are considered for merit scholarships at the time of admission. Some scholarships, however, are awarded through an interview process involving our Faculty Scholarship Committee.
Each year, Hood College awards more than $5 million in merit-based scholarships. Merit-based scholarships range from $2,000 to full-tuition.
From time to time, an individual student-applicant may qualify for consideration in more than one scholarship category. In such a case, the highest scholarship amount will take precedence in Hood’s awarding process. All are limited up to eight semesters.
Students are notified of yearly renewal criteria, including minimum grade point average, upon receipt of their financial aid award letter.
Endowed scholarships, annual scholarships, prizes and awards are awarded according to the criteria of each scholarship, prize and award.
The Allegheny Power Scholarship
The Carol Lumb Allen ’59 and Caroline Finkenbinder Lumb ’30 Scholarship
The Martha Shortiss Allen ’59 Scholarship Fund
The W.A. Lantz and the Bertha McCall, Class of 1906, Alumnae Scholarship
The Marycatherine Anthony ’74 Scholarship
The Marguerite L. and William G. Baker Scholarship Fund*
The Alice McCusker Barnard ’23 Scholarship
The Mary Hendershot Bastian ’50 Scholarship
The Mariana Main Beachley ’36 Scholarship
The Sue and Ross Benitez Scholarship
The Mary Louise Hester Bennett ’30 and Elizabeth Bennett Wiegand ’60 Scholarship Fund
The Nettie C. Bentley ’28 Music Scholarship
The Muriel Binder ’33 and Mildred K. Binder ’40 Scholarship
The Christine Moyer Bloom ’22 Scholarship
The Board of Associates 50th Anniversary Endowed Fund for Student Scholarships
The Betty Bruce Borgerding ’35 Scholarship Fund
The Frances Good Crilly Bowers ’27 Music Scholarship Fund
The Olive L. Bowlin ’19 Endowed Scholarship
The William H. Browning, Jr. Community Scholarship
The Chug Scholarship
The Martha E. Church H’95 Scholarship Fund for International Students
The Walter and Eleanor Church Endowed Scholarship*
The Rhea Robinson Claggett ’36 and Mariamne Claggett Vickery ’80 Scholarship
The Class of 1932 Scholarship
The Class of 1948 Endowed Scholarship
The Class of 1962 Endowed Scholarship
The Class of 1967 Memorial Scholarship
The Class of 1969 Scholarship*
The Class of 1976 Endowed Scholarship
The Class of 1977 Scholarship
The Class of 1978 Scholarship
The Class of 1979 Scholarship
The Class of 1980 Scholarship
The Class of 1982 Scholarship
The Class of 1984 Endowed Scholarship
The Class of 1985 Scholarship
The M. Virginia Coblentz ’33 Scholarship
The Edison H. and Daphne B. Cramer Scholarship
The Virginia M. Crist Scholarship
The Katharine E. Cutshall ’24 Scholarship
The Laura and Theodore Deforest Scholarship Fund
The Delaplaine Foundation Inc. Scholarship Fund
The Judge Edward S. Delaplaine Scholarship
The Robert E. and Ruth M. Delaplaine Scholarship
The William T. and Janie Quynn Delaplaine Scholarship
The Dona Ditty Memorial Scholarship
The J. William and Sarah Thomas Drenning ’49 Scholarship*
The Nancy Hill Drew ’58 Scholarship*
The Dyer Work Award
The Elfin-Kawecki Scholarship Fund*
The F. Virginia Ellis ’39 Scholarship Fund
The Helen Kirk Deputy Ellis ’27 and Mary Ellen Deputy Fowler ’33 Foreign Language Scholarship Fund
The Esselen Family Scholarship Fund
The Evangelical and Reformed Church Scholarships
The Sally Conrad Fauntleroy Scholarship (In Expression)
The Karen Louise Fisher ’77 Scholarship
The Stella Elizabeth Ziegler Foley ’28 Scholarship Fund
The Jennifer Frantz ’97 Scholarship Fund
The Frederick Female Seminary Scholarship
The Margaret R. Geiser Memorial Scholarship Fund
The General Endowed Scholarship
The Giles Scholarship
The M. Fredrica Godshalk, M.D. ’65 Scholarship Fund*
The Griesemer Scholarship
The Gloria M. Grossnickle Scholarship Fund
The Ann Coulter Hancock ’40 Scholarship Fund
The Julia Etchison Hanna ’19 Scholarship
The Anne Keet Hanson ’34 Scholarship
The Virginia Shaver Harshman ’41 Scholarship Fund
The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship
The Lizzie S. Heckle Scholarship
The Albert & Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation Scholarship*
The Carol Schulthess Hires ’68 Scholarship
The Hodson Foundation Scholarship
The Hodson Trust Academic Scholarship
The Hodson-Gilliam Scholarship
The Nettie McCardell Hoffmeier Scholarship
The H.G. and Lula K. Hoke Scholarship
The Arlene Utz Hollinger ’37 Scholarship
The Carolyn Tillou Holran ’60 Scholarship
The Hood College Fathers’ Club Scholarship
The J. Harold Hooper Scholarship
The Sharon I. Hooper ’58 Scholarship
The Nancy Hoskins Houston ’51 Scholarship
The Richard Hudnut Scholarship
The Josephine Thompson Hunger ’40 Scholarship
The Huttle Scholarship
The Janice R. Hylen ’78 Memorial Scholarship
The Dorothy Richardson Jones ’31 Scholarship Fund
The Dean Mary Frear Keeler Scholarship
The Miriam W. Kelly ’34 Scholarship
The Joan Kempthorne ’54 Scholarship
The Carrie M. Kerschner Memorial Scholarship
The Kurbyweit Scholarship*
The John N. Land Scholarship Fund
The Elizabeth Ruth Langert ’38 Scholarship
The Louis A. Langie Jr. and Sally Weaver Langie ’51 Scholarship
The Latrobe-Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Scholarship
The Charles A. and Helen Titzel Lauffer Scholarship
The Lillian Zeigler Lavetan ’18 Scholarships
The Adele Edmunds Levering ’14 Scholarship
The Frederick Weir Levering Scholarship
The Margaret Loudon Lewis Scholarship
The Bert S. and Mary H. Lewis Memorial Scholarship
The Charles J. Little Scholarship
The Arthur H. Long, Sr. and Lois Long Harley ’45 Family Scholarship
The Lonza Bioscience Scholarship
The Janet B. Loudon Scholarship Fund
The Mary and Daniel Loughran Scholarship
The Lowe-Bitler Scholarship
The Evelyn Barrick Mahoney ’34 Scholarship
The William Markow Music Scholarship Fund at Hood College
The Esther Taylor Marshall ’35 Scholarship Fund
The Timothy S. May Scholarship
The Susan McAlpine ’47 and Margaret McAlpine ’46 Scholarship
The William A. McCarty, Jr. and Elinor F. Herndon McCarty ’60 Scholarship
The McCullagh McCutcheon Scholarship Fund
The McCurdy Scholarship
The Paul F. Mehl Memorial Scholarship
The John D. Meyer Scholarship
The Nettie Morton Miller Scholarship*
The Lorie Harris Morrell ’84 Scholarship
The Morrow Scholarship Endowment
The Margaret J. and John C. Motter Scholarship
The Mullison Scholarship Fund
The Kathleen A. and Charles F. Murphy Scholarship
The Margaret S. Neely Hood Scholarship
The Wayne C. Neely Hood Scholarship
The Eleanor MacMillan Nelson ’32 Scholarship
The Elisabeth Farber Neubauer ’45 Scholarship
The New York Times Scholarship
The Kathryn Zimmerman Nicodemus H’05 Music Scholarship
The Stephanie Lundy Normann ’56 Scholarship
The Ines M. Oertel ’96 and Carsten Oertel Scholarship*
The J. Edward and Jessie Spielman Omwake Scholarship
The George W. and Edith Osmun ’18 Scholarship
The J. Elyse Pade ’54 Scholarship
The Elizabeth Walton Paiste ’32 and Ethel Hobson Auf Der Heyde ’32 Scholarship Fund
The Audrey Field Parrott Endowment for the Language Arts*
The Benjamine Cawley Parrott Endowment for the Sciences*
The Nancy Freeman Patterson ’53 Scholarship Fund
The Elizabeth Peters - Barbara Michaels Scholarship Fund
The Shirley D. Peterson Scholarship Fund
The Beryl Pfizer ’49 Scholarship Fund for Theatre Minors
The Margaret Jones Pollack ’49 Scholarship
The Sylvia F. Porter H’58 Scholarship
The Octavia M. Power ’30 Endowed Scholarship
The Dorothy E. Pugh ’58 Scholarship
The James B. Ranck Memorial Scholarship
The Nora Roberts Foundation Scholarship
The Andy Rooney Scholarship in Writing*
The Harry A. Rosenfeld Scholarship
The Charlotte Snyder Rupner ’18 Scholarship
The Margaret Russell ’42 Scholarship
The Gretchen Howe Russo ’63 Scholarship*
The Patricia Feiser Sanner ’38 Science Scholarship Fund
The Myrtle Annis Scott Scholarship
The Kimberly Ann Servedio ’99 Memorial Scholarship
The Elizabeth Ann Seton Education Scholarship
The Helen Burton Shelton ’40 Scholarship
The Lori A. G. Shipley ’97 Endowed Scholarship Fund*
The Alfred P. and Patricia A. Shockley Scholarship
The Alice Smith ’33 Scholarship
The M.E. Smith Scholarship
The Ruth Yost Snyder ’36 and Lehman J. Snyder Scholarship
The Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Solosko Scholarship
The John G. and Beulah Munshower Sommer ’44 Computer Scholarship
The William H. Sprigg Applied Music Scholarship
The Henry I. Stahr Scholarship
The Glenna May and John Hedges Staley Scholarship
The Eleanor C. Stanley and Kenneth N. Stanley Scholarship Fund
The Frances Steckel Music Scholarship
The Virginia Geddert Stone ’40 Scholarship
The Louise Kling Tefft ’37 Scholarship Fund*
The Helen Kelly Terwilliger ’27 and Edith M. Kelly Terwilliger Scholarship
The Clyde E. and Julia E. Thomas ’14 Scholarship
The G. Frank Thomas Foundation Scholarship
The Mr. and Mrs. Jacob L. Thomas and Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Mullen Scholarship
The Dr. William H. Thomas and Bradley Barrick Thomas ’41 Scholarship
The Andrew G. Truxal Scholarship in Sociology Fund
The Van Wert Scholarship Fund*
The Mr. and Mrs. William H. Vanderford Scholarship
The L. Marie VanHise ’49 Scholarship
The Pearl Walker ’32 Scholarship in Mathematics
The Oliver C. and Carrie E. Warehime and the Alexander D. and Dorothy Warehime Lewis ’17 Scholarship
The Louise A. Weagly ’30 Scholarship Fund
The Wehler Family Scholarship
The Aldan T. Weinberg Scholarship Fund*
The Sarah Patton Weinberger ’32 Scholarship
The Philip and Janis Miller Wertheimer ’29 Scholarship Fund
The Dr. Olivia G. White Scholarship Fund*
The Olive Wagner Wilt ’26 Memorial Scholarship
The Women’s Guild Scholarship
The Nora E. Yost ’17 Scholarship
The W. Meredith and Helen Brown Young ’35 Scholarship
* Not currently available for award
The Achievement Fund
The H.K. Alwine Scholarship
The Barnes & Noble Textbook Scholarship
The Roscoe G. Bartlett Scientific Scholarship Fund
The Audrey Pressler Bauman ’43 Scholarship Fund*
The Dr. Regena C. Beck ’17 Scholarship
The Board of Associates Leadership Fund
The Alden E. and Harriet K. Fisher Scholarship
The Bernard Gerrard Fund for "Mature" Students at Hood College*
The Ardine and Phyllis Gorden Applied Music Scholarship
The Hood College Ring Scholarship
The Roy Jorgensen Associates, Inc. Annual Scholarship
The Dorothy Rost Kretzer ’53 Scholarship
The Hilda C. Landers Scholarship
The Loats Foundation Scholarships
The McCardell Family Scholarship Fund
The Charles and Kathryn Nicodemus Annual Scholarship Fund
The Presidential Leadership Scholarships
The Vincent and Alice Riordan Scholarship
The Nora Roberts Foundation Scholarship in Nursing
The Fred Schenkel Scholarship Fund
The George L. Shields Foundation, Inc. Scholarship for Nursing
The F. Lawrence and Shirley J. Silbernagel Scholarship
The Hood College Waltersdorf Henson Scholarship
The Ruth Whitaker Holmes ’55 and Portia Whitaker Shumaker ’55 Science Scholarship
The Raymond R. and Margaret M. Zimmerman ’22 Music Scholarship
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Leadership Award
The Leah B. Allen Award in Astronomy
The American Institute of Chemists Foundation Award
The Elizabeth Yourtee Anderson ’82 History Prize
The Art Club of Frederick Prize
The Art Department Alumnae Award
The Art Department Faculty Award
The Beta Beta Beta Award
The Biology Faculty Award
The Blue and Grey Editorial Award
The James R. Boston Prize
The Elizabeth B. Bower Prize
The Dr. Martha M. Briney ’35, H’78 Honor Scholarship
The Bromer Peace Prize
The Grace N. Brown ’25 Prize in Mathematics
The Patricia Bucheimer Piano Prize
The Dana Cable Community Service Award in Psychology
The Larry T. Campbell Memorial Prize
The Julia Holzapfel Carhart ’30 Prizes in Mathematics
The Catherine Filene Shouse Career Center and Office of Service Learning Distinguished Intern Award
The Chemistry Achievement Award
The Martha E. Church H’95 Prize for Leadership and Service
The Class of 1988 Volunteer Behind the Scenes Award
The Janice E. Cole Scholarship
The Janice E. Cole Writing Prize
The Computer Science Undergraduate Achievement Award
The Computer Science Faculty Prize
The Computer Science Chair’s Fund Prize
The Frances C. Cutujian Prize
The Joseph E. Dahms Community Service Award
The Emily Myers Davis ’43 Prize
The Department of Chemistry and Physics Faculty Award
The Department of Economics and Business Administration Book Prize
The Department of Economics and Business Administration Leadership Prize
The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures Award
The Johanna Chait Essex ’53 Prize in Early Childhood Education
The Exceptional Achievement Award in Psychology
The Margaret P. Ford Honor Scholarship
The Elaine Adrienne Gates Memorial Prize in Studio Art
The German Embassy Prize
The Raymond L. and Louise K. Gillard Prize
The Godman Prize in French*
The Ardine and Phyllis Gorden Music Scholar Prize
The Ardine and Phyllis Gorden Musical Talent Prize
The Suzanne Gottert ’68 Prize in Art
The Dr. Ruth Esther Griffith Biology Award
The Edenia Guillermo Award
The Shirley Conner Hardinge ’44 Prize
The Maureen Kelly Hess ’81 Prize
The Hood College Choir Award
The Hood College Retailing Club Prize
The C. May Hudson Prize
The Francis G. Hugo Prize in Psychology
The Hypatia Mathematics/Science Education Prize
The Dr. Robert Kaufmann German Prize
The Mary Ann Kerins Humanitarian Award
The George G. Kleinspehn Honor Scholarship
The Margaret Louise Kleist Prize
The Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Laughlin Administrative Achievement Award
The Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Laughlin Faculty Professional Achievement Award
The Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Laughlin Student Award
The Law and Society Prize
The E. Louise Leonard Prize
The Virginia E. Lewis Best Paper Award
The Virginia E. Lewis Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Political Science
The Logic Prize
The Marion MacPhail Prize
The Marie A. Markow Excellence in Music Prize
The Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society Prize
The Jane D. McCarrell Prize
The Helen McCullagh McCutcheon ’14 Prize
The Charlotte A. Moran ’57 Prize
The Music Department Special Award in Applied Music
The Wayne C. Neely Prize
The John and Janet Nunn ’61 French Prize
The Vesta Hoffman Osler ’30 Chemistry Award
The Outstanding Arabic Student Award
The Outstanding Intermediate Arabic Award
The Outstanding Research Contribution Award in Psychology
The Park-Dorff Award
The Florence A. Pastore Memorial Prize
The George C. Pearson Prize
The Phi Alpha Theta Award in History
The Pi Mu Epsilon Book Prize
The Hildegarde Pilgram ’31 Book Prize
The James B. Ranck Book Prize in American History
The George E. Randall Award for Excellence in Journalism
The Mary Ellen Randolph Prize
The Anna Louise Remsen ’33 Prize in Art
The Mary Margaret Rose Award
The Rouse Graduate Scholarship
The Linda Scott Outstanding Mentorship Award in Psychology
The SGA Student Leader of the Year Award
The Esther E. Shaw Award
The Sidney Silverman Award
The Linda Mae Snapp Memorial Award in Nursing
The William Sprigg Prize
The Margaret Condron Sterner ’39 Scholarship
The Charles E. Tressler Distinguished Teacher Award
The Charles E. Tressler Outstanding Student Award
The Alyce T. Weinberg Honor Scholarship
The Adrianne Wells ’04 Social Work Student of the Year Award
The White Blazer Award
The Elizabeth Leiby Wood ’38 Prize
The Linda Wyatt ’68 and Marleen Spriggs ’69 Award in African American Studies
*Not currently available for award
The Dana G. Cable Memorial Thanatology Lecture Series Fund
The Homer W. Carhart H’07 Guest Pianist Fund
The Ceramic Arts Visiting Artist Fund
The James M. Etchison Summer Chamber Music Trust
The Ardine and Phyllis Gorden Concert Fund
The William J. and Wilma M. Haines Lecture Fund in Biomedical Ethics at Hood College
The Hanson Lecture Series
The Hood College Management Lecture Series Fund
The Jean Royer Kohr ’62 Memorial Lectureship
The Miss Grace Lippy Endowed Science Lecture Fund
The Charlotte Moran ’57 Foreign Language Visiting Scholar and Lecturer Fund
The Pade Lectureship and Performance Fund
The Randall Family Endowed Chamber Music Concert Series Fund
The Nora Roberts Foundation Writer-in-Residence Program
The Silverman Young Artists Concert Fund
The Hadley Tremaine Lecture Fund
The Barrett Advertising Child Development Center Scholarship Fund
The Martha E. Church H’95 Center for Leadership and Service Endowed Fund
The Class of 1957 Endowment
The Class of 1983 Child Development Lab Fund
The Class of 1986 Endowed Fund
The Class of 1987 Endowed Fund
The Class of 1991 Film Series
The Computer Science Enhancement Fund
The Gale Heather Demarest Class of 1962 Low Interest Loan Fund
The Anne Derbes Art Outreach Fund*
The Nancy Salzman Ebert ’57 Education Technical Learning Laboratory
The First Generation Student Center
The Shirley Conner Hardinge ’44 Center for Global Studies
The Hodson Faculty Fellowships
The Hoffberger Endowed Honors Program
The Huntsinger Art History Travel Fund
The E. Louise Leonard Language Lab Fund
The McCardell Professional Development Grants Endowed Fund
The McHenry Chaplain Fund
The Miller Greenhouse Endowment
The Grace Lampe Morrison ’25 Endowment
The National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge
The Betsy Radey Pancelli ’49 Memorial Research Fund
The Beryl Pfizer ’49 Endowed Theatre Production and Programming Fund
The Onica Prall Child Development Lab School 75th Anniversary Fund
The Second Century Foundation Student Grants
The John M. Stadlbauer Chemistry Department Instrument Fund
The Summer Research Institute Grants
The Tambor Bay School Fund
The Tidball Center Endowment Fund
The Tischer Endowed Funds
The Williams Observatory Fund
The Phebe Zimmerman Endowment Fund
The Beneficial Chair in Economics
The Giles Chair in Early Childhood Education
The Hodson Trust Professorship in Nursing
The KBE Head Tennis Coach Fund*
The Mildred Brown Lefferts Endowed Chair Fund
The Virginia E. Lewis Chair in Political Science
The Sophia M. Libman National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Professorship
The McHenry Dean of the Chapel
The Eleanor S. Pearson Professor Fund
The Hildegarde Pilgram Chair in History
The Andrew G. Truxal Chair of Economics and Sociology
The Whitaker Chair in Chemistry
Hood offers several opportunities for reduced tuition, including programs for older citizens and Hood alumnae and alumni.
The Encore Program enables Hood alumnae and alumni who hold a B.A. or B.S. from Hood to take undergraduate courses at one-half tuition.
When two or more members of the same family are enrolled at Hood College, the Family Tuition Plan provides an annual grant of $2,000 (to be divided equally between the fall and spring semesters) to the second member of the family. A family is defined as a parent, dependent child and/or dependent child’s sibling. Under the Family Tuition Plan, both members of the family must be enrolled as full-time traditional undergraduate students.
All students admitted under the Family Tuition Plan must meet the regular admissions standards of the College, as appropriate. The Family Tuition Plan applies to tuition only and does not apply to the board or other fees.
Hood’s Renewal Not Retirement (RNR) program offers persons 60 years of age or older the opportunity to audit undergraduate courses. Studio and lab courses, practicums and self-directed study courses are not available for audit.
The Center for Computer Security and Information Assurance, housed within the Department of Computer Science, coordinates and promotes inter-disciplinary research, education, and service projects in computer security and information assurance. Center activities bring together faculty, students, researchers, government and industry computer security experts, and law enforcement practitioners to share information and develop new ways to protect users, information systems, and information infrastructures. The Center currently offers a graduate Certificate in Information Security. The Center’s web site is located at: ccsia.hood.edu.
See Coastal Studies Semester for more information.
The Departmental Honors Paper is a senior-year program designed for students who wish to pursue intensive research or special projects in close coordination with faculty advisers. The course number 499 designates this type of study. Students writing Departmental Honors Papers are designated Christine P. Tischer Scholars.
See About Course Offerings for more information.
First-Year Living-Learning Communities are designed to provide first-year students with a common living and learning experience within their fields of interest. Students in the program will be housed together by community in the residence halls and will be required to attend monthly activities and events related to the themes, to participate in student-created programs and service projects, and to write papers reflecting on their learning experiences. In addition, students will be required to enroll in at least one of the designated courses within their communities each semester.
Because an ability to communicate well on a college level is crucial to success at Hood, this pilot program offers first-year students an opportunity to sharpen reading, writing, and presentation skills in a small classroom setting.
All first-year seminars are reading and writing intensive and will help students refine their skills in critical thinking, information literacy, class discussion, and group work. Each seminar is limited to 15 students in order to allow class members to work closely with their professor and fellow students. The seminar topics are designed to have broad appeal while reflecting the varied interests and expertise of the faculty who teach them.
The first-year seminar can replace one category of second tier Methods of Inquiry (except for lab science) in the core requirements. No first-year seminar will count toward a major.
Hood College offers the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Program (ROTC) in association with the Military Science Department of McDaniel College. See Course Offerings for more information.
Hood students may study abroad in approved programs in virtually every part of the world. The College requires language majors to study abroad unless they reside for two years in one of the language houses.
Language students ordinarily enroll in programs abroad that offer instruction in the local language. Hood has formal associations with several established overseas programs, including those offered by The American University in Cairo (Egypt), Sweet Briar College (Paris), Dickinson College (Toulouse), University of Seville, University of Alicante, Seoul Women’s University and the University of Mainz, among others.
Students may also study abroad in short-term summer programs: Social Work Field Experience in Ireland (co-sponsored by Hood College and Frostburg State University) and the Bahrom International Program in Seoul, Korea.
All students intending overseas study should make application at least one semester in advance of the proposed study. Students should consult with the Hood College Study Abroad Coordinator as soon as they determine they wish to study abroad.
The College encourages students to study abroad during the junior year. Some sophomores study abroad because of compelling program or personal reasons, and in rare instances the College permits seniors to study abroad in the fall semester.
A limited number of academically exceptional students are accepted into the Hood College Honors Program. Combining classroom instruction and co-curricular activities, the Honors Program offers a challenging academic experience and encourages both independent and collaborative learning. The program requirements are discussed in Majors and Courses of Study.
Hood College is an associate member of The Public Leadership Education Network. PLEN offers exciting programs that allow Hood students to gain firsthand experience shaping public policy in communities, the nation and the world. Students who enroll in PLEN’s Women and Public Policy Internship Program learn about policy, research or social advocacy by working alongside women leaders in the Congress, courts, executive agencies and nongovernmental advocacy groups. Students may earn from 3 to 15 Hood College credits for participation in PLEN’s internship programs. Those who wish to complete a PLEN internship must also meet Hood’s requirements for internship eligibility. PLEN also offers three-day to three-week seminars on topics such as Women and Congress; Women in Science and Technology; Women and International Policy; and Women, Law and Public Policy.
For more information about any of PLEN’s programs, contact the Career Center.
Hood College cooperates with American University’s Washington Semester Program, an arrangement that provides priority access to Hood students who join 300 to 400 other students from across the country. Students may enroll in any of the units of the program: American National Politics Semester, Foreign Policy Semester, Justice Semester, Public Law Semester, Economic Policy Semester, Peace and Conflict Resolution Semester, Journalism Semester, Museum Studies and the Arts Semester, International Business and Trade Semester and International Environment and Development Semester. The director and academic advisers of each unit help students plan their programs, includiFng a seminar, an independent research project and either an internship or a course at American University. Entrance requirements include a Grade Point Average of 2.5, second-semester sophomore status, a recommendation from the Hood faculty adviser to the program and selection by the director at American University. Credits (but not quality points) are transferable to Hood. Because financial arrangements for room, board and tuition differ from those at Hood, students are urged to consult with the Hood financial aid officer well in advance. Hood students need not file a petition with the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies to participate in the Washington Semester.
Full-time Hood students may take one course each semester at Carroll Community College (CCC) or Hagerstown Community College (HCC) without charge, provided that the course chosen is not offered at Hood during the academic year. See Academic Policies for more information on this program.
Hood offers three undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Candidates for these degrees must complete requirements as outlined below. It is the responsibility of the student to be sure that all degree and major requirements are fulfilled by graduation.
The Second Degree
Students who wish to earn any two degrees (B.A. and B.S.) concurrently must accumulate 154 semester hours of credit and fulfill Core Curriculum requirements for both degrees and the requirements for both majors.
Students already holding a bachelor’s degree who wish to earn a second bachelor’s degree, must accumulate at least 30 credits as a degree candidate at Hood and meet all degree and major requirements. Some departments require more than two semesters of full-time enrollment. determination of how many credits must be earned at Hood for the second degree is made by the registrar, based on evaluation of the transcript from the original degree-granting institution.
A second bachelor’s degree is offered through the Encore Program to Hood alumnae and alumni who hold a B.A. or B.S. from Hood. (This program is not available to alumnae and alumni who have only attended Hood’s Graduate School.) The same provisions apply as above, but at one-half tuition. Hood graduates apply for reinstatement as degree candidates through the Registrar’s Office.
Appeals to academic policy may be made to the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies. Petition forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.
All Hood undergraduates affirm on each class assignment that they “have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid.” Cheating or plagiarism—any unacknowledged use of another person’s language or ideas—is thus both an affront to the general standards of conduct on which an intellectual community depends and a specific violation of the Honor Code. As such, these offenses are treated seriously and may lead to severe disciplinary action, including dismissal from the College. For a full description of the policies and procedures of the Honor Code, contact the dean of students.
Students wishing advice on the proper use and acknowledgement of scholarly materials should consult their individual instructors, the library staff and any of the several reliable guides to scholarly writing that these sources may recommend.
Hood College affirms the obligation of its faculty, staff, and students to comply with all Federal copyright laws (Title 17, United States Code). Copyright law gives copyright holders (writers, publishers, artists, etc.) exclusive rights to distribute, copy, perform, or publicly display, their own original works. The College recognizes its obligation to promote the rights and responsibilities granted under this law. Hood College assumes that any questions regarding copyright, as they apply to materials for instructional or other College use, will be resolved prior to the use of those materials on College-owned equipment or in College-sanctioned activities.
As members of an institution with an established Honor System emphasizing intellectual integrity, the Hood College community should recognize their responsibility to follow the law and to model it for others. All members of the College community are responsible for complying with College guidelines regarding the legal use of copyrighted materials, regardless of their format or the purpose for which they are used, and for complying with the requirements of copyright law, including obtaining required permissions to use copyrighted materials. Members of the Hood community who willfully disregard copyright law do so at their own risk and assume any liability, which may include criminal, and/or civil penalties. In addition, disciplinary action may be taken as outlined a) for students, in the Bylaws of the Student Government Association (Judicial System), b) for faculty, in the Faculty Code (Termination or Sanctions for Cause), and c) for staff, in the Staff Handbook (Section 405.3).
Uploading or downloading works protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner is an infringement of the copyright owner’s exclusive rights of reproduction and/or distribution. Anyone found to have infringed a copyrighted work may be liable for statutory damages up to $30,000 for each work infringed and, if willful infringement is proven, liability may be increased up to $150,000 for each work infringed. An infringer of a work may also be liable for the attorney’s fees incurred by the copyright owner to enforce his or her rights. The files distributed over peer-to-peer networks are primarily copyrighted works, and there is a risk of liability for downloading material from these networks. There are currently many “authorized” services on the Internet that allow consumers to purchase copyrighted works online, whether they be music, e-books, or motion pictures. By purchasing works through authorized services, consumers can avoid the risks of infringement liability.
The DMCA is a response to concerns regarding the pirating and distribution of digital materials, and it helps to clarify how copyright relates to those materials. The DMCA criminalizes the development of technologies intended to circumvent devices (such as passwords or encryption) that limit access to copyrighted material, and it also criminalizes the act of circumvention itself. Institutions of higher education that act as Internet Service Providers (such as Hood College) are granted limited liability for copyright infringement involving the use of their networks if they take steps to designate a local agent to receive notices regarding instances of infringement over the local network and for effecting a “take-down” of the infringing material. The Library Director will provide contact information for Hood’s Take-Down Officer.
Commencement Honors are awarded to graduating seniors who have achieved the following composite average at the time of graduation (see The Hood College Grade Point Average and The Composite Average located under Grades):
Convocation Honors are awarded to current sophomores, juniors or seniors who achieved a 3.6 or above G.P.A. for the preceding year. The College bases this G.P.A. on at least 12 semester hours of Hood work (or approved study away) on letter-grade basis. Students who have outstanding incomplete grades for the year are not eligible.
The Dean’s List recognizes degree-seeking students who completed at least 6 semester hours of Hood work (or who have received permission to study abroad or away for a semester) and achieved a 3.5 or above semester G.P.A. Students who have outstanding incomplete grades for the semester are not eligible.
Hood College Scholars are named at the beginning of the junior or senior year, is the student who received Convocation Honors for at least two consecutive years (may include approved study away). A student who has graduated from the College is not eligible to become a Hood College Scholar.
Students are in good academic standing when both the semester and cumulative Grade Point Averages are at least 2.0. Hood makes every effort to assist students to maintain this academic standard. It is the student’s responsibility to take advantage of the College’s academic, health and psychological counseling services as a means of overcoming problems impeding progress.
At the end of each semester, the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies considers the records of those students who have earned a semester or cumulative average below 2.00, and examines the records of students previously placed on academic warning or probation. Academic action by the Committee is based not only on the academic record, but includes input from the offices of Residence Life, Disability Services, Student Affairs and the student’s instructors and adviser, regarding issues such as attendance and completion of assigned coursework, and issues from outside the classroom that may have affected a student’s academic success. Based on all the information, students will be placed on academic warning, academic probation, required leave of absence or be dismissed from the College.
A student will be placed on academic warning if his or her semester Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) falls below 2.0.
A student will be placed on academic probation if his or her cumulative Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) falls below 2.0. Academic probation means that a student is in danger of being dismissed from the College for academic reasons. Students on academic probation must make satisfactory progress the following semester or risk being dismissed.
Students on academic probation may not register for more than 14 credits or 4 courses without permission from the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies.
Students who are placed on Academic Probation will be required to sign a copy of the probation letter, indicating they have agreed to assume responsibility for their academic status by attending classes regularly, completing assignments on time, using course, mathematics and composition tutoring services and/or doing whatever is appropriate to resolve their specific academic problems.
The College, upon recommendation of the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies, may at any time dismiss a student who is experiencing academic difficulty. This policy applies to all students. Although all cases are decided individually, the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies will use the following guidelines when reviewing academic records:
1. Students whose cumulative Grade Point Averages (G.P.A.) fall below the following levels will be dismissed:
Total Semester Hours Attempted* Minimum Cumulative Hood G.P.A.
Less than 30 credits 1.75
30 or more credits 2.00
*Credits attempted include all transfer credits accepted by Hood. However, grade point averages listed in this table are based on Hood work only.
2. Students with three consecutive semester averages below 2.0 will be dismissed.
3. The College reserves the right to dismiss at any time any students who fail to meet minimal standards of academic responsibility or who are deemed to be a detriment to themselves or to others, as determined by the vice presidents of academic affairs or student life. Such grounds for dismissal could include but are not limited to ceasing to attend classes, disrupting the life and work of the College community or completing any semester with a term grade point average below 1.0. This policy applies to all students, including first–semester first-year students.
4. Students who are dismissed from the College may not enroll in classes as a nondegree-seeking student.
Students with more than two consecutive semesters on probation may be permitted to remain at the College only if the student has earned a G.P.A. above 2.0 in the most recent regular (fall or spring) semester and in the opinion of the Academic Standards and Policies Committee is making satisfactory progress toward the completion of degree requirements.
The Committee on Academic Standards and Policies Committee may make exceptions to the above-mentioned guidelines based on input about unique circumstances from the Offices of Residence Life, The Josephine Steiner Center for Academic Achievement and Retention, Disability Services, Student Affairs and/or the student’s instructors and adviser.
Appeal for exemption from dismissal may be granted by the provost and dean of the faculty in unusual circumstances and following consultation with the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies, the student’s instructors and adviser and other relevant offices. Appeals for reinstatement must be received two weeks prior to the first day of classes. Students whose appeals are granted will be readmitted to the College for one semester on a provisional basis. Failure to comply with the conditions specified in the letter allowing them to return to the College will result in their dismissal at the end of the provisional semester, if their minimum G.P.A. for retention is not attained.
Students who are dismissed for academic reasons may petition for reinstatement after completing a minimum of one full-time semester at another accredited institution and receiving no grade below a C.
The following is the procedure for possible reinstatement:
A student who is reinstated will be placed on academic probation. Reinstatement does not automatically reinstate financial aid. The student must notify the Office of Financial Aid.
If a student is dismissed for nonacademic reasons, the student must request in writing to the dean of students permission to return to Hood. The dean of students decides if the student may be reinstated.
Financial aid recipients are required to be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward degree requirements. Please refer to the financial aid section of the catalog for financial implications.
The College does not set a maximum number of absences permissible in any course. Individual faculty members have the prerogative to establish a maximum number of absences at the beginning of the semester, and are encouraged to include a written statement of their attendance policy on the course syllabus. Students accept full responsibility for seeing that work does not suffer from excessive absence.
The College recognizes that there are other justifiable reasons for class absence: observance of religious holidays or participation as a representative of the College in athletic contests or cultural performances. Such absences are acceptable only if previous absences are not excessive and if the student has made arrangements with the instructor, prior to the day of the absence, for the work missed.
The College requires instructors to inform the director of The Josephine Steiner Center for Academic Achievement and Retention of students who demonstrate erratic attendance patterns. This is not done to penalize the student but rather to ensure that College officials can assist students in making consistent progress toward the degree.
With instructor permission, a student may enroll in most lecture courses as an auditor. As the term implies, auditors listen rather than engage in class discussions and projects. Auditors attend class regularly but do not write papers or take exams or quizzes.
Hood awards credit for prior learning through Advanced Placement exams, CLEP and DANTES exams, departmental challenge exams, portfolio work, International Baccalaureate, military training and noncollegiate programs approved by the American Council on Education. These alternative modes of learning are evaluated separately from transcripts of traditional transfer credit from other accredited schools.
Unless otherwise noted, Hood College awards credit upon receipt of the official AP Grade Report for AP scores of 4 or 5 for the following tests:
Art History, 3 credits for ART 220 and exemption for ART 221
Studio Art, 3 credits for ARTS 101 or ARTS 123 (score of 3 is acceptable). The Department of Art and Archaeology will determine for which course credit will be awarded after portfolio review.
Biology, 4 credits for BIOL 110-139 with a score of 4 or 5
Chemistry, 4 credits for CHEM 101 with a score of 4; 8 credits for CHEM 101 and CHEM 102 with a score of 5.
Computer Science :
Computer Science Test A, 3 credits for CS 201
Computer Science Test AB, 3 credits for CS 202
Macroeconomics, 3 credits for ECON 205
Microeconomics, 3 credits for ECON 206
English Language/Composition, 3 credits for ENGL 101
English Literature/Composition, 3 credits for ENGL 221
Environmental Science and Policy :
Environmental Science, 3 credits for ENSP 101 for score of 5
Chinese Language and Culture, 3 credits, No Hood equivalency
French Language and Culture, 3 credits, No Hood equivalency
German Language and Culture, 3 credits, No Hood equivalency
Italian Language and Culture, 3 credits, No Hood equivalency
Japanese Language and Culture, 3 credits, No Hood equivalency
Latin, 3 credits, No Hood equivalency
Spanish Language and Culture, 3 credits, No Hood equivalency
Human Geography, 3 credits for GEOG 101
European History, 3 credits, no Hood equivalent
United States History, 3 credits each for HIST 217, HIST 218
World History, 3 credits each for HIST 262, HIST 263
Calculus AB, 3 credits for MATH 201
Calculus BC, 3 credits each for MATH 201, MATH 202
Calculus BC/AB Subscore of 4 or 5, 3 credits for MATH 201
Statistics, 3 credits for MATH 112
Music Theory, 3 credits for MUSC 101
Physics B, 4 credits for PHYS 101 with score of 4; 4 credits each for PHYS 101, PHYS 102 with score of 5
Physics C-Mechanics, 4 credits for PHYS 203 with score of 4
Physics C-Electricity/Magnetism, 4 credits for PHYS 204 with score of 4
Political Science :
Comparative Government, 3 credits for PSCI 210
United States Government, 3 credits for PSCI 203
Psychology, 3 credits for PSY 101
Unless otherwise noted, Hood College awards credit for scores of 50 on the following CLEP examinations:
Biology, 4 credits for BIOL 110-139 for score of 52
Principles of Management, 3 credits for MGMT 205
Principles of Accounting, 6 credits for MGMT 281, MGMT 284
Principles of Macroeconomics, 3 credits for ECON 205
Principles of Microeconomics, 3 credits for ECON 206
Human Growth and Development, 3 credits for EDUC 223 for score of 52. Students who transfer credit for a similar human growth and development course must take the departmental test to qualify for courses for which EDUC 223 is a prerequisite. No additional credit is earned for this test.
American Literature, 3 credits for ENGL 223
English Literature, 3 credits for ENGL 222
History of the United States I, 3 credits for HIST 217
History of the United States II, 3 credits for HIST 218
Calculus, 6 credits. No Hood equivalency
Precalculus, 3 credits for MATH 120
American Government, 3 credits for PSCI 203
Human Growth and Development, 3 credits for PSY 237
Introductory Psychology, 3 credits for PSY 101
Introductory Sociology, 3 credits for SOC 101 with a score of 52
Hood awards credit for the following DANTES examinations:
History - No Hood course equivalency
Religion - No Hood course equivalency
$195 per test for Hood students; administered through The Josephine Steiner Center for Academic Achievement and Retention 301-696-3569.
Departmental examinations may not be repeated. Credit is awarded for grades of A, B or C on the following departmental examinations:
CHEM 101 – 3 lecture credits; may be used to fulfill Non-laboratory area of the Core
CHEM 102 – 3 lecture credits; may be used to fulfill Non-laboratory area of the Core
IT 180 – 3 credits
MATH 120 – 3 credits
MATH 201 – 3 credits if Level III has been earned on the BSI
MATH 202 –3 credits (test available only to students who have earned credit for or completed MATH 201)
MATH 207 – 3 credits if Level III has been earned on the BSI
MATH 253 – 3 credits
MUSC 103 – 3 elective credits
PHIL 207 – 3 credits
PE 225, 226 – 3 credits each
PHYS 101, PHYS 102 –3 lecture credits each; may be used to fulfill Non-laboratory area of the Core
PHYS 203, PHYS 204 –3 lecture credits each; may be used to fulfill Non-laboratory area of the Core
Additional credit in French, German, Latin and Spanish is awarded at the end of the first semester with grades of A, B or C earned for the following placements:
3 credits – Placement in and completion of a 103-level course during first semester at Hood ; no credit for students awarded credit for AP/Foreign Language
6 credits – Placement in and completion of 203, 204 or civilization course during first semester at Hood; 3 credits for students awarded credit for AP/Foreign Language
9 credits – Placement in and completion of 207 or a 300-level course during first semester at Hood ; 6 credits for students awarded credit for AP/Foreign Language
Students are exempt from the Foreign Language Core requirement if placed by exam, but choose not to enroll, in a 103 or above foreign language course. No credit is earned.
Credit is awarded only upon receipt of the official IB transcript. Students who have received an IB diploma, with a score of 30 or higher and with no score less than 4 in any one of the six examination groups, may be awarded up to 30 credits toward an undergraduate degree at Hood College. Students who have not completed the full IB diploma will receive 6-8 credits for Higher Level examination results of 5, 6 or 7.
Hood College awards credit for alternative modes of learning. Students who have acquired college-level learning through life experiences and other noncollegiate activities may want to explore Hood’s Portfolio Advantage Program. This program enables a degree-seeking student to earn credit for prior learning through work and/or volunteer experience equivalent to college-level courses. Students should do so only if the learning cannot be assessed through standardized or departmental measures.
At Hood, the portfolio is an organized presentation of a student’s past experiences that identifies and documents specific skills that the student has learned, mastered and applied to be successful. Once the written portfolio is completed, the document is reviewed and evaluated by a member of the faculty who will determine if what the student has written is equivalent to what is taught in class. It is the portfolio that enables a professor to evaluate work and volunteer experience and to grant credit for relevant learning beyond the classroom.
To participate in Hood’s Portfolio Advantage Program:
Hood recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences. Students need to provide a copy of their DD214 and/or ACE/AARTS transcripts. One credit in physical education is awarded for military basic training. First aid certification will receive elective credit for PE 214.
Certain courses have been designated as appropriate for both graduate students and undergraduates. These double-numbered courses are identified by numbers in both the 400 and 500 range. Undergraduate students enroll in a double-numbered course at the 400-level and receive undergraduate credit. Graduate students enroll at the 500-level and receive graduate credit.
Undergraduate students must meet different performance standards from the graduate students. These differences may relate to the quality and/or quantity of work required, and may also involve measures of grading.
To be eligible to take a 400/500-level course, undergraduate students must have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or better and have earned at least 56 credits, including 12 credits or more at the 200 level or above in the course discipline.
To be eligible to take a 500-level graduate course and receive u n dergraduate credit, Hood undergraduate students must have earned senior status (87 credits) including 12 credits or more at the 200 level or above in the course discipline; have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better; have a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better in the major area of study; and complete a petition, verified by the registrar and approved by the Graduate School, the adviser and the instructor. Credit will count only toward the undergraduate degree.
To be eligible to take a 500-level graduate course and receive gra d uate credit, Hood undergraduate students must have earned a minimum of 109 credits and meet the requirements indicated above. Credit will not apply toward the 124 credits required for the undergraduate degree.
Instructors give final examinations in all courses except those in which special assignments are more appropriate. Instructors inform students of final examination policy at the beginning of the term. Final exam dates are listed in the official Academic Calendar, and students’ travel plans must take the dates of scheduled exams into account. No student may reschedule a final examination in order to leave or travel early. In accordance with the Hood College Honor Code, the student may not discuss any final examination in any way with anyone during the final examination period. Final examinations may not be given prior to the start of the designated examination period.
Grades, transcripts, future registrations and diplomas will be withheld until the student has paid all tuition, fees and other bills incurred at the College, and has returned all library books.
Hood’s faculty uses the following general criteria in determining grades. Demonstration of the ability to write and speak standard English is included in the grade evaluation of every course. The criteria upon which students will be evaluated is included on every course syllabus.
A, A- (90–100) indicates general excellence; the student displays initiative, independence and often originality in the course.
B+, B, B- (80–89) indicates an unquestioned grasp of the subject’s fundamental facts and principles, an understanding of their significance and an ability to use them effectively; work is logically organized and technically correct; the student often shows initiative and independent work.
C+, C, C- (70–79) indicates the student has a fairly accurate knowledge of the subject’s fundamental facts and principles and is able to apply them reasonably well; work is fairly logical in organization and technique but it is incomplete; there is evidence of growth in handling the coursework.
D+, D, D- (60–69) indicates work is of inferior quality yet deserving of credit; there is some acquaintance with basic facts and principles but work is poorly organized and technically faulty; the student frequently fails to complete assignments.
F (0–59) indicates work shows no grasp of basic facts and principles and is not deserving of credit; it is poorly organized and technically faulty; the student frequently fails to complete assignments.
S indicates satisfactory completion of work done on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis; performance is at a C- level or better.
U indicates unsatisfactory completion of work done on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis and not deserving of credit; performance is at a D+ level or lower.
INC indicates incomplete work in a course because of illness or serious emergency beyond the student’s control; students must arrange to finish assignments in accordance with the College’s incomplete grade policy.
Grade appeals of the final course grade must be filed in a timely manner. Students must contact the faculty member involved no later than the end of the first week of the semester following the filing of the disputed grade. If the issue is not satisfactorily resolved, the department chair must be contacted within 30 days of the beginning of the semester. Appeals to the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies must be initiated by the last day prior to midsemester recess of the semester following the filing of the disputed grade. A Final Grade Appeal, available in the Registrar’s Office, must be completed and submitted with all required documents before the Committee considers the petition. A delay in the filing of a grade appeal constitutes sufficient reason for denial of the appeal by the Committee.
The Committee on Academic Standards and Policies will screen out frivolous or unsubstantiated appeals and will consider legitimate appeals that fall into the following categories:
All parties to the grade appeal (student, instructor, chairperson, registrar, committee members) are to maintain strict confidentiality until the matter is resolved.
Instructors have the right to change a grade if they have made an error in computing or recording a student’s grade. Instructors must notify the Registrar’s Office in writing of the error within three weeks after the grades have been issued. Grade changes due to a computational or recording error discovered after the deadline, and requests for grade changes for any other reasons, must be submitted by the instructor in writing to the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies.
Students who earn a low grade at mid-semester (C-, D+, D, D-, F, U or INC) receive a notice of low grade(s). The low grade report does not become a part of the student’s permanent record, but is, instead, an indication of the need for corrective action.
Hood releases final grades electronically to the student and the student’s adviser through Self-Service. Final and midterm grades will be forwarded to parents/guardians of first-year students who have signed a release form sent to them the summer before they enter Hood.
Hood provides an alternate grade plan as a means of encouraging intellectual curiosity. Under the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option, students receive a grade of “S” and credit for work of “C-” caliber or better or a grade of “U” and no credit for work of “D+” or lower quality. Neither grade is computed in the cumulative grade point average.
The average that appears on all transcripts and grade reports is the average of all grades earned at Hood. Accepted transfer credit is included in the earned credit total and is applied toward the 124-credit degree requirement, but the quality hours and quality points earned at another institution are not calculated in the Hood average. Foreign language majors and students participating in a Hood-sponsored, affiliated or approved semester or year abroad program at the University of Seville or the Dominican Republic programs may earn quality points for work accomplished with a passing letter grade
Each grade received at Hood on the A-F grading scale has a corresponding grade point: A=4.00; A-=3.67; B+=3.33; B=3.00; B-=2.67; C+=2.33; C=2.00; C-=1.67; D+=1.33; D=1.00; D-=0.67 and F=0.00.
Grades with no quality points include: AU, S, U, INC, Z, TR, W
By computing the quality points received for each letter grade, students can ascertain their average or grade point average. For example, a grade of “C” in a 3-credit course earns 6 quality points. Add the number of quality points earned in each course to learn the quality point total. Divide the quality point total by the total number of credits (in courses which have letter grades) and the result is the Grade Point Average (G.P.A.).
The composite Grade Point Average is the average of all college work attempted. All grades earned at Hood and those completed at other institutions are calculated, regardless of whether the course credit was accepted for transfer. The composite average is used to determine eligibility for various honor societies as well as determining Commencement honors.
An academic department may refuse to accept as a major a student whose G.P.A. falls under 2.0 in the discipline. The department may require a student who has declared a major to drop the major if the student’s G.P.A. falls below 2.0.
In the spring of the junior year, the registrar sends rising seniors who plan to graduate in the following year a graduation audit form indicating their progress toward fulfilling degree requirements. This audit begins the graduation clearance process that continues through the senior year. Students should meet with their faculty advisers to review degree requirements and to plan their senior year registrations. At the beginning of the fall semester, seniors complete the Application for Graduation. Bachelor degrees are awarded in January, May and September.
Students who have completed all degree requirements by the date grades are due for the second semester may participate in the May commencement.
Students graduating in January participate in the May commencement ceremony. Students completing degree requirements in September participate in the May ceremony the following year.
Students may not participate in commencement unless all degree requirements and all financial obligations to the College have been met.
When serious illness or emergency prevents a student from completing the work for a course, instructors may allow additional time to finish assignments. Incompletes are not substitutes for failure to attend classes or to complete assigned work.
The student must file an application for an incomplete grade with the Registrar’s Office no later than the last day of classes.
An incomplete may not be granted unless a student has completed at least half the work of the course.
The student’s progress in the course must be passing (D- or above) at the time the incomplete is requested.
The registrar must approve a notation of incomplete and record an INC on the student’s permanent record. After the instructor assigns a grade, an “I” remains permanently on the record with the final grade earned beside it.
The date agreed upon for completion of all assignments may not be later than March 15 for fall semester and October 15 for spring or summer semester. Any request for extension of an incomplete grade must be submitted by the student to the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies.
Work not completed by the deadlines stated above will convert to a grade of zero unless an extension is approved by the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies.
Students who register for a subsequent semester with more than three credits of incomplete outstanding will have their schedules reviewed and their enrollment registration potentially restricted by the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies. As a result of this review, the Committee may limit the course load that a student is permitted to undertake in the subsequent semester.
Requirements for 3- to 9-credit Internship
Requirements for 12- to 15-credit Internship
Note: Students may take a maximum of 15 internship credits throughout their academic career.
Students considering an internship should visit the Career Center to explore internship options and pick up appropriate paperwork, including a Learning Agreement to be signed by the faculty internship adviser and the on-site supervisor.
All parties have specific responsibilities for ensuring the integrity and success of the internship experience. Please refer to the Internship Handbook available on the Career Center website (www.hood.edu/careercenter) for additional details.
In fulfilling the expectations of the internship, the intern may incur expenses in addition to the usual tuition and fees. Students who enroll in an internship must plan to provide their own transportation or use public transportation.
Due to the time requirements of an internship, students may need to work during breaks and holidays. Campus housing is available when the College is not in session.
Interns are not placed in sites and it is the student’s responsibility to find a site. The Career Center and departmental offices provide many resources to the student to assist in locating a suitable internship
Under unusual circumstances, any party involved in the internship may terminate the agreement. Because the internship is essentially a professional commitment, Hood strongly encourages students to fulfill their obligations to complete the full term of service at the site. Unfortunately, on rare occasions, the intern or the faculty internship adviser may determine that the internship site is not an appropriate learning experience, or the internship site may determine that the intern is not a good fit for their internship. In either case, any of the parties may decide to terminate the internship. If this occurs, notify the Career Center immediately. Please note: If an internship is terminated for any reason, the student is responsible for following all procedures regarding adding/dropping credits and is responsible for all tuition, fees and penalties associated with credit coursework. Please refer to the Internship Handbook available on the Career Center website (www.hood.edu/careercenter) for additional details.
A student must work a minimum of 40 hours at the internship site for each credit earned.
Students who need to be away from the College for one or two semesters, but who wish to maintain ties to the College and to resume their studies at a later time, may take a leave of absence instead of withdrawing. Students who do not return from a leave of absence after two semesters will be withdrawn. Students may not request a leave of absence for the remainder of the currently enrolled semester without the written permission of the dean of students. Leave of absence forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.
Students do not file a leave of absence form in order to study abroad or at another institution in the U.S. Instead, they must file a petition with the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies for approval for study elsewhere.
A student may be granted an Emergency Leave of Absence (ELOA) for a period not to exceed two consecutive weeks within an academic semester. A request for an emergency leave of absence must be supported with appropriate documentation which is required before the leave is approved. Requests for an emergency leave of absence will be reviewed and approved by the Dean of Students and communicated to the Registrar’s Office for a specified period of time.
An emergency leave of absence applies to students who must be absent for mental or physical health reasons, military commitments, international travel/documentation or any other personal or family emergency.
Students who require an emergency leave of absence beyond the two week period will be withdrawn from the semester. Failure to attend classes by the return date specified on the emergency leave of absence form will result in an automatic administrative withdrawal from the College.
Students are asked to consult with appropriate offices/personnel in processing an emergency leave of absence. Such consultations may include conversations with the Financial Aid Office, Residence Life Office, Office of Multicultural Affairs and International Student Programs, Dining Services, ROTC, and the academic adviser.
An Emergency Leave of Absence (ELOA) Form may only be obtained from the Dean of Students Office.
Advising and registration for degree candidates occurs in April for the fall semester and November for the spring semester. Matriculated students are required to meet with their advisers to select courses and review degree progress. The adviser authorizes the student for registration and, on the day indicated on the Academic Calendar, the student registers for classes via Self-Service.
A fall or spring semester course is subject to cancellation when fewer than eight students are enrolled. Summer and January term classes are subject to cancellation when fewer than five students are enrolled.
The College reserves the right to cancel the course as late as the first day of classes each semester. Every effort will be made to work with students regarding program planning and placement in alternate courses that would be compatible with the cancelled course.
A credit hour usually represents one hour of class work and at least two to three hours of preparation in a given subject per week throughout the semester.
Classes usually meet on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday, Monday-Friday afternoon or a Tuesday-Thursday schedule. Except for lab sessions, 3-credit Monday-Wednesday-Friday classes generally convene for 50 minutes and Tuesday-Thursday classes for 75 minutes. Four-credit classes meet for a total of 200 minutes per week. Most evening classes meet once a week for 2-1/2 hours or twice a week for 75-minute periods.
Hood also has blocked courses, which are courses that meet for double periods during a portion of the semester. Blocked courses are primarily studio art and education courses in the teaching internship semester.
A student may repeat a course under the following circumstances:
Full-time status requires 12 credit hours or more per semester. A typical semester program consists of 15 or 16 credits except in the first year when it may be 12-15 credits.
Part-time status is accorded students taking 11.5 credit hours or fewer per semester.
Students are normally limited to 12 credits completed during the summer. Exceptions to this credit limit require permission of the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies. Students may complete a maximum of three credits during the January session.
Students may drop or add courses without academic penalty from the time of registration through the end of the drop/add period. See the Academic Calendar for dates.
During this period students may also change to or from the SU (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) grading option (see below), change to or from enrollment on an audit basis, or alter the number of credits in courses carrying variable credit.
If a student withdraws from a course after the end of the drop/add period and before the end of the eleventh week of the semester a W (indicating withdrawal) will be noted on the transcript. This notation will not be computed in a student’s grade point average.
A student may not withdraw from a class during the last four weeks of classes.
Hood defines self-directed study as: 1) regular and X-credit independent study; and 2) internships, field work and other courses similar to internships in that they do not have a classroom component.
Many departments offer students the opportunity to serve as teaching assistants, for which academic credit is awarded. Serving as a teaching assistant affords a student the opportunity to understand the materials of a course or of a laboratory from the perspective of the teacher. The course number 335 designates this type of study.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (P.L. 93-380) extends to students the right of access to their education records maintained at the College. The provost, the dean of the Graduate School, and the registrar maintain these records for enrolled and former students. Information and notification as to the type of record; the accessibility of and policies for maintaining, reviewing and expunging the record; and the procedures for inspecting, reviewing, obtaining copies of or challenging the record are established by the appropriate offices.
In accordance with College policy and FERPA, the following items are considered Directory Information and will be released in response to any inquiry, unless the student notifies the registrar in writing that she/he does not wish this information released: class level, major, dates of attendance, name and dates of attendance at other institutions, degrees and dates awarded.
The registrar evaluates prior college coursework and credit earned through alternative methods for applicability to degree requirements at Hood College. Credit is generally awarded for courses that are clearly applicable to a baccalaureate degree and for which the student earned a grade of C- or above. Courses that are clearly vocation or occupational in nature will not be accepted as credit towards the baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 62 credits may be awarded for freshman/sophomore level work completed elsewhere. Although there is no limit for junior/senior level coursework, students will be awarded no more than a total of 94 credits for all college-level work completed.
The transferability of credits from an institution that is not accredited by a regional accreditation agency may be considered upon receipt of documentation that demonstrates equivalency regarding course information, equivalencies and learning outcomes. It is the student’s responsibility to provide this documentation.
The final 30 hours of the degree must be taken on the Hood campus (see Undergraduate Degree Requirements ). In addition, the College requires transfer students to take a minimum of 12 credits of classroom instruction in the major discipline at Hood, regardless of the number accepted in transfer. Transfer students must submit their transcripts to the registrar prior to enrollment. All transfer documents must be filed within the first semester of enrollment. The registrar may refuse to award credit if students fail to meet this deadline.
All grades earned at Hood and those completed at other institutions are calculated in the composite grade point average, regardless of whether the course credit was accepted for transfer. The composite average is used to determine eligibility for various honor societies as well as determining Commencement honors.
Students may receive credit for coursework completed with a grade of C- or above at another accredited institution during the academic year or the summer with prior approval of the department and the registrar. Students must petition to take a course from another college during any semester or session. The course may not be offered at Hood during that semester/session. Petitions are available in the Registrar’s Office. The maximum number of credits that can be taken during the summer is one credit more than the number of weeks in the session for a maximum of 12 credits. Students may enroll for up to 4 credits during a three-week January term.
Full-time Hood students may take one course each semester at Carroll Community College (CCC) or Hagerstown Community College (HCC) without charge, provided that the course chosen is not offered at Hood during the academic year. CCC also offers the exchange to Hood students during their summer sessions. To register, students obtain the consent of their advisers and the Hood registrar. The registrar will provide a statement of enrollment for registration at CCC or HCC.
A student may withdraw from the College at any time during the semester. See Tuition and Financial Aid for refund information. If the withdrawal occurs after the drop/add period, a grade of W will be recorded for each course.
Students in good academic standing at the time of withdrawal and with no holds on future registration are eligible for reinstatement to the College. Reinstatement requests must be sent to the Registrar, indicating: the year and semester of return; if the student will return as a full or part-time student and as a resident or commuter. Students will be readmitted with the major active at the time of withdrawal.
Concentrations within a major are listed below the major.
*Secondary education certification is available in majors followed by an asterisk (*).
Bachelor of Arts
Art and Archaeology
art education (preK-12)
human resource management
individual career interest
international economics and finance
Early Childhood Education
drama and theatre
Environmental Science and Policy
Integrated Marketing Communication
Latin American Studies
Law and Criminal Justice
Middle Eastern Studies
music history and literature
Bachelor of Science
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. 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. 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 for a total of at least 30 credits, 15 of which must be at the 300- or 400-level. A 300- or 400-level capstone course is required. 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.
The following minors are offered at Hood:
Criminology and Delinquency
Music History and Literature
Social Science Research
Social Work, Pre-Professional Practice
Theater and Drama
Women’s and Gender Studies
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:
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:
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.
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.
Undergraduate Admission to Hood
Undergraduate Tuition and Financial Aid
Undergraduate Special Academic Opportunities
Undergraduate Degree Requirements
Undergraduate Academic Policies
Undergraduate Majors, Minors and Certificates
Undergraduate Departments and Programs of Study
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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