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4PLUS Art Therapy/Counseling Program

  • 4PLUS (bachelor's + master's)

About this Program

The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers a five-year, dual degree (B.A./M.S.) for motivated, academically talented students.

Program Overview

A dual degree (B.A./M.S.) for motivated, academically talented art therapy majors with a 3.25 major GPA and a 3.0 cumulative GPA is offered by the Department of Art and Archaeology in partnership with the Department of Psychology and Counseling. 4PLUS students will accelerate completion of the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy and the Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in either clinical mental health counseling or school counseling.

This program is appropriate for students who plan to use art therapy as part of their future counseling practice; it is not appropriate for students who solely wish to practice as art therapists. Due to the condensed nature of the dual-degree program, interested students will be expected to take courses over the summer and/or during January term. Students will plan their coursework with a faculty adviser during their first semester at the College. Undergraduate students who transfer to Hood may be admitted into the accelerated program, but they may not be able to complete both degrees as quickly as a non-transfer student.

Students are encouraged to meet with counseling faculty about their interests in addition to pursuing complementary experiences to enhance their application to the program. Admission to the M.S. in counseling program is not automatic; dual-degree students will still need to apply to the counseling program for admission.

Degrees Offered

  • BA
  • MA

Department Offering

Program Contact

Shannon Kundey, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, Department Chair


Fast Fact

95 percent of our full-time faculty hold the doctorate or terminal degree in their field.

All Faculty

Shannon Kundey

  • Professor of Psychology, Department Chair
  • Co-Director, Hood Honors Program

Atiya R. Smith

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling
  • Core Faculty, Master's in Counseling (Clinical and School)
  • Program Director, School Counseling Specialty
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"I applied to Hood College’s counseling program initially because of its CACREP accreditation, in-depth curriculum and location. While interviewing for the program, I discovered this was the school for me! The types of questions the faculty were asking indicated to me just how much they care about producing effective counselors."

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