Two female students in science lab

Core Curriculum: Heart, Mind & Hands

built on Hood’s motto, mission and values

In This Section

Debbie Ricker

Some schools call it “general education.” At Hood, we call it our “core curriculum.” Through Hood’s core, you’ll be exposed to different disciplines and encouraged to expand your perspectives. Developing your identity as a Hood student requires your heart, mind and hands.

Debbie Ricker, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Students at Blessings in a Backpack


The transition from high school to college can be challenging, and we want to set all students up for success. Through the “heart” of our core curriculum, you’ll develop intellectual and social growth. No matter where your college journey takes you, it all begins here.

students wearing dinks


Engaging with the core curriculum isn’t about checking boxes. Whether you’re majoring in accounting, art and archaeology, Arabic or art therapy, you’ll develop beneficial skill sets and habits of mind and make connections across disciplines.

Hands with Hood rings


You will engage in hands-on experiences, applying your classroom learning to real-life challenges in the community.