A Hood College Education

The College reserves the right and authority to change any programs, policies, requirements, or regulations published in this catalog. Students are responsible for keeping informed of official policies and regulations for meeting all appropriate requirements. 


Hood College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19104-2680.

The Hood social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This accreditation gives graduates the opportunity to apply for advanced standing at many graduate schools of social work, which allows students to earn a master’s in social work with one additional year of graduate study.

All business administration degrees, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration, and minors are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The Hood Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

The Hood Bachelor of Science program in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Our Vision

Hood College is a premier, comprehensive liberal arts college, offering both undergraduate and graduate students an excellent and holistic educational experience that prepares them for personal and professional achievement and productive participation in society. Education at Hood reaches beyond boundaries, whether those boundaries be academic disciplines, the classroom or the campus. We thereby offer a holistic education that encompasses the curriculum, co-curricular experiences and a rich array of experiential learning opportunities facilitating student exploration and fostering intellectual, spiritual and physical growth. We recognize that this vision can only be realized in a diverse, collaborative, student-centered community in which all are empowered to be educators and mentors to our students, facilitating their preparation to “meet personal, professional and global challenges and to lead purposeful lives of responsibility, leadership, service and civic engagement” (Hood College mission).

Our Mission

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.

Community Service and Service Learning

The College’s motto, Corde et Mente et Manu (With Heart and Mind and Hand), expresses the value placed on service by the Hood community. Opportunities abound for students to engage in service learning that is community-based and enhances the major field of study.

Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic

Hood College is a member of and houses the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic, an organization of colleges and universities that promote the development of globally engaged citizens who actively contribute to creating healthy, sustainable and socially just communities in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Delaware. 

Office of Community and Civic Engagement

Located in the Catherine Filene Shouse Center for Career Development and Experiential Education and the Martha E. Church Center for Civic Engagement, this office provides interested students with the opportunity to learn through service to others. Here, student volunteers are provided information regarding local, regional, national and international community service opportunities.

Hood’s Center for Community Research

Housed in the sociology and social work department on the third floor of Alumnae Hall, the Center for Community Research gives students the opportunity to work collaboratively with organizations and agencies in the Frederick community on research projects that meet a community need. Students from a variety of fields—primarily sociology, but also those with majors in disciplines such as law and society, social work, history, political science and environmental studies—have applied their research skills to help solve real-life problems while, at the same time, giving the Frederick community access to some of Hood’s resources.

Academic Resources

Hood is particularly well-regarded for its science laboratories, as well as for the strong, collaborative relationships between the College and the nearby Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center of the National Institutes of Health, an internationally renowned research facility. Other specialized resources include art studios, Georgetown Hill at Hood College Lab School, the moot courtroom, the Virginia Munson Hammell '67 Trading Room, the Williams Observatory, specialized nursing labs, and music study and performance facilities. These, together with other specialized facilities and opportunities, are described in the Undergraduate Programs and Courses of Study section of this catalog, within academic departmental listings.

The Center for the Humanities

The Center for the Humanities organizes and funds programs and educational opportunities focusing on the humanities for the Hood community. Students are offered the opportunity to enhance course study with free admission to cultural performances and activities. The Janice E. Cole Writing Prize is awarded annually by the Center to the best essay on a subject in the humanities. Humanities faculty coordinate interdisciplinary studies among the humanities disciplines.

The Hodson Library and Learning Commons

The Hodson Library and Learning Commons supports scholarship at Hood College by serving the research, teaching, and learning needs of students and faculty.

The library is located conveniently near the academic buildings on campus and online through the library’s home page (www.hood.edu/library/). From the website, students can access full-text scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, electronic books, and other digital content. In addition to the 170,000+ volumes housed in the library, Hood students and faculty have access to print materials at other libraries through its robust interlibrary loan program, which facilitates borrowing from libraries across the country.

Students have a choice of study environments in the library. Study carrels, computer stations, lounge chairs, and large tables offer varied settings for individual study. The library also has a number of group study rooms available; some offer small, intimate spaces, while others offer large collaborative spaces.

Knowledgeable and friendly library staff are available to assist students, through in-person sessions, both walk-in and by appointment, or virtually through text messaging, instant messaging, email and telephone. Subject-specific research guides are available on the library website, as well as citation guidelines, copyright and privacy policies, and other instructional tools. Group library instruction is provided by the reference staff both in the classroom and in the library computer lab. Faculty may arrange information literacy sessions at any time during the year.

Students also have the opportunity to explore and conduct research on Hood College history, through historical school records, photographs and related documents held in the Hood College Special Collections and Archive, located on the 2nd floor. The Hood History Museum showcases Hood’s past for current students, prospective students, alumni, and the general public.

Library hours vary to accommodate campus needs throughout the year. The hours can be found on the website at www.hood.edu/library/.  

The Information Technology Center

The Information Technology Center is conveniently located on the first floor of the Hodson Library and Learning Commons building for students, faculty and staff.  The center is comprised of the IT help desk and support personnel and is open to all campus constituents during normal business hours.  IT support staff are available to troubleshoot technical issues and answer questions concerning the Hodson Library and Learning Commons technology, both in the computer lab and surrounding critical study spaces.   

The Shirley Conner Hardinge Center for Global and International Studies

The Shirley Conner Hardinge Center for Global and International Studies enhances the teaching, learning and research of global issues at Hood College. The Center develops innovative ways to educate students in a world where a global perspective and cross-cultural understanding are essential to effective leadership within all disciplines. The Center funds scholarships for students studying abroad; provides funding for students and faculty engaged in international/global research; supports the development of short-term international programs; funds a yearly international visiting scholar, and funds awards recognizing outstanding contributions to global studies. In addition, the Center supports curricular and co-curricular programming and initiatives in various majors and minors broadly related to Global and International Studies.

The Tidball Center for the Study of Educational Environments

The Tidball Center for the Study of Educational Environments is housed in Alumnae Hall, contains materials accumulated by former trustee Dr. M. Elizabeth Tidball during 25 years of research on collegiate learning environments. These include books, commissioned databases, educational journals and speeches. Since 1992, Dr. Charles S. Tidball has become a colleague in research on the baccalaureate origins of accomplished graduates. In addition, the Small College Database he has developed is an online resource of the Center.

Academic Computing and the Hood Experience

Among the College’s highest priorities is helping students prepare to function productively in a knowledge-based society. With this goal in mind, the College has advanced the role of technology from being one of purely administrative to one of core importance, both academically and administratively. Every student has access to a Microsoft Office 365 Cloud account, including a suite of productivity applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  High-speed internet service is available to every student as well as 1 TB of file storage without a technology fee. Secure Wi-Fi is available throughout campus and supports BYOD and gaming under the College’s AUP (Acceptable Use Policy).  Visitor Wi-Fi is also available for guests while on campus.


All technology services are accessible from classrooms and residence halls and from off campus via the Internet. Students can use personal devices in the residence halls to access the Internet, send email, print documents and consult course materials.   The College uses the Blackboard Learning Management System to publish instructor course content and make academic resources available to students using the Internet and the Hodson Library and Learning Commons academic databases.  Access to all streaming services are supported on the campus network as well as support for popular gaming devices and services.  


The College embraces the concept of technology-enhanced “Living Learning Centers” by locating a small computer lab in each residence hall.  These centers include both Windows and Apple technology as well as a high-speed, networked printer. The College features 32 computer labs located throughout campus.  It total, all labs provide more than 500 desktop and laptop computers along with a sophisticated software suite of applications. Nine of the computer labs are open to students, while the remaining computer labs focus on specific academic disciplines. Every computer lab has a laser printer and other technical resources needed to support academic printing needs. Discipline-specific labs include biology, molecular modeling, general and organic chemistry, mathematics, geographic information system (GIS), nursing simulators, coastal studies, Linux computing, cybersecurity, bioinformatics, communication arts, sociology and video editing. All of these special labs have sophisticated, domain-specific software that enhance the learning process and extend students’ analytical resources.  To extend the reach of academic computing labs, the College implemented a Virtual Computer Lab (VCL) to complement existing on-campus labs. The Hood VCL allows students to access specialized software suites from any location, on a 24/7 basis.