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Psychology Major, B.A.

The major in psychology covers aspects of human and animal behavior ranging from the firing of a single neuron to the death and dying process. Psychology can prepare students for various entry-level jobs in social services, mental health, management or almost any area that requires a broad liberal arts education. The psychology major can also be the basis for admission to graduate or professional training in psychology, medicine and law, for example. The possibilities can include many other areas and can be enhanced by the selection of elective courses and participation in complementary experiences.

Opportunities exist for internships and in the past students have worked with hospitalized children, adolescents and adults in outpatient treatment facilities and community mental health agencies, as well as a number of business settings.  Previous settings include: the National Institute of Mental Health, The Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Fort Detrick (NCI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the White House, Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center, the Maryland School for the Deaf, the American Psychological Association, the Jefferson School, the Frederick County Hotline and the National Park Service.

Requirements for the Major

Psychology majors must complete a minimum of 40 credits in psychology, including at least 24 credits at the 300 level or above. A minimum of 12 credits in psychology must be taken at Hood.

Foundation Requirements (16 credits)
PSY 101, 211, and 312 must be completed with a grade of C- or better to count in the major and to fulfill the prerequisite for higher level courses.

  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 211 Elementary Statistics*
  • PSY 312 Non-Experimental Research Methods
  • PSY 315 Experimental Research Methods

*Statistics courses completed in another discipline will fulfill the requirement but will not count toward the 40 credit minimum in psychology courses.

Major Requirements (24 credits)

  • PSY 205 Social Psychology
  • PSY 239 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 401 Theories of Personality or PSY 431 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 409 Learning and Memory
  • PSY 418 Physiological Psychology
  • PSY 441 History of Psychology

 Additional requirements and considerations:

1.  All majors must take the ETS's Major Specific Test in their senior year.
2.  All majors are encouraged to complete at least one complementary experience along with their major in psychology.  Complementary experiences include, but are not limited to:

  • a research assistantship (requires faculty approval)
  • an internship (requires departmental approval)
  • an Honors Project (requires departmental selection)
  • a foreign language proficiency or study abroad (see College catalog)
  • a teaching assistantship (requires faculty selection)
  • an independent study (requires faculty approval)
  • a double major or minor(s) (see College catalog)

 Students should consult with their advisor about which complementary experiences are best for them depending on their long-term goals and short-term plans after graduation.

 3.  Majors can expand their interests in psychology by including any of the following electives:

  • PSY 203 Survey of Clinical, Community, and Counseling Psychology
  • PSY 204 Psychology of Death
  • PSY 206 Psychology of Women
  • PSY 208 Psychology of Adolescence
  • PYSO 221 Social Gerontology
  • AFPY 270 African-American Psychological Perspectives
  • PSY 319 Drugs and Behavior
  • PSY 335 Teaching Assistantship in Psychology
  • PSY 370 Seminar in Contemporary Issues (topics vary)
  • PSY 373 Psychology of Aging
  • PSY 375 Independent Study in Psychology
  • PSY 399 Internship in Psychology
  • PSY 434 Tests and Measurements
  • PSY 456 Behavior Modification