2017-2018 Catalog > Undergraduate Studies > Undergraduate Special Academic Opportunities
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 Cybersecurity. The Center’s web site is located at: ccsia.hood.edu.
A number of five-year B.A./M.B.A. programs are available to students who complete the recommended coursework have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree with just one additional year of study. For more information see the 5-Year Accelerated Degree Program - B.A./M.B.A
The Department of Biology offers a 5-year, dual-degree (B.A./M.S.) in Environmental Science for motivated, academically talented students. For more information, see the Department of Biology.
The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers a 5-year, dual degree (B.A./M.S.) in Psychology and Counseling. For more information, see the Department of Psychology and Counseling.
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.
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. All students intending overseas study should make application at least one year in advance of the proposed study. Students should consult with the Hood College Study Abroad Coordinator located in the Catherine Filene Shouse Center for Career Development and Experiential Education 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.
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 Junior Year France (Paris), Dickinson College (Toulouse), University of Seville, Seoul Women’s University and the University of Mainz, among others.
Students may also study abroad in short-term summer programs, such as the Bahrom International Program in Seoul, Korea.
Grades received through Hood-affiliated semester or year abroad programs are calculated in the Hood gpa. Students participating in non-Hood affiliated semester or year abroad programs will earn transfer credit only for all courses completed with a grade of C- or above.
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 encourages our female students to participate in 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 Center for Career Development and Experiential Education.
Hood College partners with The Washington Center, which is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The Washington Center offers two types of programs: Internships and academic seminars. Internships are semester- or summer-long integrated academic and work experiences in government, corporate and nonprofit organizations. Each internship is tailored to provide meaningful work experiences that will enhance students’ resumes and help launch their careers. This is a “study away” opportunity where students may live in The Washington Center residence apartments. Additionally, students take academic courses and attend special programming during their time at The Washington Center. Academic seminars serve as intensive learning experiences with focus on specific topics, such as National Security, the Presidency, and the Middle East Peace Process. Past seminars have included visits to such locations as Capitol Hill, CNN, the Newseum, embassies and many others. Seminar events have featured such respected speakers as Ted Koppel, Andrea Mitchell, Howard Dean, and others. Students pay Hood tuition and receive Hood financial aid for The Washington Center Program. Credits and grades earned are calculated in the Hood gpa.
For more information and to begin the application process, contact the Center for Career Development and Experiential Education.
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, including 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 (p. 41) for more information on this program.
Center for Computer Security and Information Assurance
5-Year Accelerated Degree Program - B.A./M.B.A.
5-Year Dual Degree Programs
Coastal Studies Semester
Departmental Honors Paper
Study Abroad Programs
The Hood College Honors Program
Off-Campus Programs and Courses
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