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First year

PSY 101
PSY 211

Additional course suggestions: PSY 205, PSY 206, PSY 208, PSY 239

Sophomore year

PSY 312 (fall) and PSY 315 (spring)*
PSY 205 (if not taken in the first year)
PSY 239 (if not taken in the first year)


PSY 101, 211 and 312 must be completed with a grade of C- or higher to fulfill the prerequisite for higher level courses.

*312-315 sequence should be completed during the sophomore year. A minimum grade of C- is required in PSY 101 and 211 to enroll in PSY 312 and a minimum grade of C- is required in 312 to enroll in PSY 315.

Psychology majors who wish to study abroad in the junior year should keep this plan in mind when scheduling courses each semester. If they wish to study in a country where a foreign language is spoken, they must be sure to enroll in the appropriate language courses at Hood in the freshman and sophomore years.

Contact: Dr. Ingrid Farreras, Rosenstock 28, at 301-696-3762,


In choosing to major in psychology, you have selected a field of study that will serve as career preparation for almost any job, and will help you in many fields of graduate study. The Department of Psychology in partnership with the Career Center has designed a set of steps to provide you with the information and skills to make your career planning process fulfilling and efficient.

Here is what we suggest:

First or any year

Register yourself in the Career Center’s online database. This database contains information on internships, jobs, and mentors. Once you have registered, the Career Center will email you information about workshops and other opportunities related to your interests.

Sophomore year

Congratulations! Now is the time to be officially declared as a psychology major!

Now: go to the Career Center to complete career assessment instruments that will assist you in refining your interests. Note that the Career Center offers online as well as paper and pencil assessments. Just ask for information at the Career Center’s front desk. After you have completed the career assessment battery, meet with your advisor so together you can plan your major most effectively.

Junior – Senior years

Whether you are planning to go directly to graduate school or work after graduation (or both), the Career Center will assist you:

For those interested in grad school immediately following graduation, the Career Center has information that will help you, including the Peterson Guides, GRE preparation books, and workbook/guides to graduate study. The Career Center can also help you in composing that all – important Personal Statement required in most grad school applications. The Career Center website has information about many aspects of graduate school preparation, including a list of upcoming graduate school fairs.

If you are investigating full time employment following college, your career planning appointment at the Career Center can pave the way for a job search tailored to your needs, including how to construct an effective resume, how to look for jobs, and how to contact alumna who want to be helpful to you.