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Overview of the Program

Why do we act as we do? How do we perceive and learn? What affects our feelings, forms our thoughts, shapes our personalities? How do we study or measure these things?

Hood psychology majors explore the complexities of human behavior—from first responses at birth to the process of death and dying. Equipped with a broad background in the liberal arts with specific scientific knowledge, and with practical experience in the field, students are well-prepared for profes- sional opportunities in the workforce or for advanced study in graduate school.


Hood's location in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area makes it possible to secure internships with some of the nation's leading facilities such as:

  • Brooklane Hospital
  • Daybreak Adult Day Services
  • Frederick County Juvenile and Social Services
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Jefferson School
  • Johns Hopkins University Hospital
  • Mission of Mercy
  • Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Springfield State Hospital
  • The White House
  • Way Station, Inc.

Alumni Success Stories

A psychology degree from Hood is excellent preparation for entry-level careers in many human services settings, including outreach and outpa- tient programs, community homes and recreation therapy, as well as social science research and personnel work.

Recent graduates work in school psychology, retail management training, admission offices, publishing companies, park services and with groups such as the FBI and NIH.

Many careers in this field require an advanced degree and a license to practice. About two-thirds of Hood's psychology majors pursue graduate studies at institutions such as:

  • Argosy University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • The George Washington University
  • George Mason University
  • Loyola University
  • Shenandoah University
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Maryland - College Park
  • University of Maryland - Baltimore
  • University of New Hampshire

Hood alumni who have earned graduate degrees are successful counselors and administrators in human service agencies throughout the country.

Careers in Psychology

  • addiction counselor
  • administrative program assistant
  • adolescent care technician
  • adolescent chemical dependency counselor
  • adviser-educator
  • affirmative action officer
  • alcohol counselor
  • assistant youth coordinator
  • behavior analyst
  • case worker
  • chemical dependency counselor
  • child protection worker
  • community activist
  • community outreach coordinator
  • compliance officer
  • counselor/therapist
  • crime prevention coordinator
  • customer service trainee
  • deputy juvenile probation officer
  • director of youth service bureau
  • drug counselor
  • early childhood specialist
  • education prevention specialist
  • employment counselor
  • grants coordinator
  • group home counselor
  • information specialist
  • juvenile prevention program coordinator
  • patient service representative
  • probation officer
  • residence counselor
  • service adviser
  • social services director
  • social worker
  • veteran's adviser

Graduate School Opportunities

Hood offers 15 master's degrees, including two that relate to psychology. The master of arts in human sciences is an interdisciplinary approach to the problems of contemporary society and their impact on individuals. The goal of the program is to enrich the understanding and skills of stu- dents in their professional and civic roles.

Hood also offers a master of arts in thanatology. This field, which studies death, dying and bereavement, is a new and rapidly growing one. Hood is one of only two institutions in the United States to offer such a program.

Learn more about the major and the department.