Undergraduate Majors, Minors and Certificates


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)

art history

studio arts



Business Administration



human resource management

individual career interest

international economics and finance



Communication Arts

digital media

Early Childhood Education


international economics

political economy

Elementary/Special Education


creative writing

drama and theatre


Environmental Science and Policy

environmental biology

environmental chemistry

environmental policy




Global Studies


public history

Integrated Marketing Communication

Latin American Studies

Law and Criminal Justice


    criminal justice


Middle Eastern Studies


music history and literature

music performance

piano pedagogy


Political Science



Social Work



Bachelor of Science

Computational Science

molecular biology




Computer Science


Pre-Professional Preparation

Pre-Dental Studies

Pre-Law Studies

Pre-Medical Studies

Pre-Veterinary Studies

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:

Actuarial Science

African-American Studies

African Studies

American Studies


Art History


Business Administration


Classical Studies

Coastal Studies

Computer Science

Criminology and Delinquency


Environmental Studies





Global Studies






Mathematics Education

Medieval Studies

Middle Eastern Studies

Music History and Literature

Music Performance



Political Science


Public Relations


Renaissance Studies

Social Science Research

Social Work, Pre-Professional Practice



Studio Art

Theater and Drama

Web Development

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:

  • To provide opportunities for students to pursue in a focused and integrated manner programs of study not currently available as majors;
  • To use existing resources to provide distinctive and challenging curricular opportunities;
  • To provide an alternative to double majors for students who wish to pursue more than one program of study;
  • To integrate further the liberal arts and career preparation through opportunities to combine a liberal arts major with a career-related minor or a career-related major with a liberal arts minor; and
  • To enable graduates to prepare for careers or further study in more than one area of concentrated knowledge.

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:

  • A minimum of 12 credits in the minor must be taken outside the student’s major and may not overlap with the major. If there is additional overlap, the credit must count in the major. The course may be used to fulfill a requirement in the minor, but the credit may count only in the major.
  • If a student elects a second minor, a minimum of 12 credits must be taken outside the first minor. Courses may be used to fulfill requirements in both minors, but the credit may count only in one minor.
  • Students must have a Grade Point Average of 2.0 in the minor and a minimum of 9 credits completed at Hood College for the minor to be listed on the academic record.
  • A maximum of 21 credits may be counted in the minor.
  • Courses counted in the minor may also count in the Core.
  • Declarations of a minor occur during the spring semester of the junior year when students submit the graduation audit, listing their intended minor field, to the Registrar’s Office.
  • Students may develop their own minor, with the approval of the department or departments that are teaching those classes relative to the student’s proposed minor and of the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies, provided they meet the minimum number of credits required of minors.

Secondary Education Certification

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.

Certificates in Music Performance and Piano Pedagogy

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.