Undergraduate Minors


The following minors are offered at Hood:

Actuarial Science

African-American Studies

Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies


Art History



Business Administration


Classical Studies

Coastal Studies

Computer Science

Criminology and Delinquency


Environmental Studies


Film Studies



Global Studies

Graphic Design






Mathematics Education

Music History and Literature

Music Performance

Nonprofit and Civic Engagement Studies



Political Science


Public History

Public Relations


Social Science Research

Social Work, Pre-Professional Practice



Studies in Women and Gender

Studio Art

Theater and Drama


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 requirements 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.
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 9 credits completed at Hood College for the minor to be listed on the academic record.
  • A minimum of 15 credits and a maximum of 21 credits may be counted in the minor.
  • Courses counted in the minor may also count in the Core.
  • Minors must be declared no later than the end of the junior year.
  • 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.