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The Hood College Department of Art and Archaeology offers students the chance to study art history, archaeology, studio art and film studies with an exceptionally strong and varied faculty. Students may choose to concentrate in art history, archaeology, studio art or art education. The major prepares students for a position in museums and galleries, in commercial or historical archaeology, as an independent artist or art teacher. It is also excellent preparation for admission into a top-level graduate school. Throughout our classes, we place particular emphasis on individual attention, and try to spend considerable time in the remarkable array of museums in our local area.

Hood also mounts regular exhibits in its own Hodson and Whitaker galleries throughout the year. The installations are directed by a professional curator, but offer valuable experience for students who are deeply involved with every aspect of the exhibition program, from hanging objects to meeting and selecting artists for exhibition. There are also regular exhibitions of works by both undergraduates and graduate students.

Hood students also have the chance to meet and learn from leading art historians, archaeologists and artists on campus. There are frequent lectures, presentations and workshops by significant scholars and artists. Over the past several years, we have participated in the Center for the Humanities colloquium series, sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This includes the 2010-2011 series "The Humanities at Work: How Media Shape Society."

Art History

Art history courses at Hood introduce students to art and visual culture from prehistoric cave painting to postmodern performance and installation art. Thanks to Hood's location near Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and the faculty's close ties with major museums in the area, art history students have an unusually rich range of opportunities. Poring over medieval manuscripts with a curator at the Walters Art Museum, examining Renaissance masterpieces with conservators at the National Gallery of Art, discussing contemporary sculpture with staff in the boardroom of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum or even watching as an exhibition takes place in the Smithsonian's Freer/Sackler Galleries have all been part of a Hood education.


Hood is unusual among small colleges in offering a concentration in archaeology. Archaeology students examine the art, artifacts and cultures of the ancient world, as well as the field methods of archaeologists today. One requirement of the archaeology concentration is a hands-on experience, either in the field on an archaeological project, or in a museum or archaeology lab as a student intern. Hood students have participated in archaeological excavations in Europe, Asia, Central America and the United States. They have the opportunity to excavated with Hood's own archaeology professors, or with other accredited and approved projects; Hood supports a number of these opportunities with research funding.

Studio Art

The studio art concentration includes courses in design, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography and printmaking. Students choose to specialize in one of these areas. Hood also offers short workshops and demonstrations in ceramics featuring national and international guest artists. Studio faculty are active professionals, exhibiting their own work widely. Our close ties to the major museums and galleries in the area give students a rich and varied exposure to historical and contemporary art.

Art Education

Students who wish to teach art at the K-12 level should plan on the art education concentration. Students in this concentration receive a strong training in traditional studio media, including design, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and printmaking, as well as essential supporting courses in both digital media and art history. Students who successfully complete this concentration will receive certification to teach in Maryland upon graduation, as well as reciprocity for teaching in certain other states.

Beyond the Classroom

Art history and archaeology are ideal concentrations for students interested in traveling and discovering the wider world, and are easily combined with a major in a foreign language. Besides the museums in our area, we have gone to Los Angeles, Toronto, Boston, New York and Philadelphia to visit museums and attend professional conferences. Our students in art history, archaeology and studio art have received grants to make visits and to study in Europe, Italy, France, England, Germany and Korea. Students in art education play a leading role in local schools, as their teaching internships include time in both elementary and secondary schools.

Admission to the Art & Archaeology Major

The program does not require a portfolio review for admission. However, students who have a portfolio of their work are encouraged to present the portfolio to faculty members. It is possible that a review of the portfolio will enable the student to receive credit for an introductory studio art course. Hood awards credit for AP Art History exams with a score of four or five.


Hood art and archaeology majors have completed internships at the following locations:

  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Historical Society of Frederick County
  • Christopher R. Goodwin & Associates
  • National Gallery of Art
  • The Walters Art Museum
  • Guggensheim Museum, New York City
  • National Park Service
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

Alumni Success Stories

Graduates of Hood's art and archaeology program have enrolled in nationally and internationally known programs to pursue advanced studies. Among the institutions that have accepted Hood graduates are:

  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Cornell University
  • Emory University
  • New York University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • State University of New York
  • The American University
  • The George Washington University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Chicago
  • University College, Dublin (Ireland)
  • University of London, Courtauld Institute
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Strasbourg (France)
  • University of Texas, Austin

Hood graduates are also working in a variety of positions, such as:

  • Art consultant, architectural firm
  • Assistant professor of art history, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Coordinator, children and family programs, Walters Art Museum
  • Culture resource and research assistant, A.D. Marble and Co.
  • Graphic designer, MICROS systems
  • Instructor, Arcadia Center for Hellenic, Mediterranean and Studies (Athens, Greece)
  • Reference librarian, National Museum of Art (Smithsonian)