Hood College Graduate School’s Human Sciences program undergoes name change

In 1971, Hood College’s Graduate School began with one program, the Master of Arts in Human Sciences. The program has had a variety of concentrations throughout the past 40+ years, including education, environmental biology, public affairs, nursing, counseling, special education, and management. To reflect its housing within the Psychology & Counseling Department, as well as the interdisciplinary approach of the curriculum, the program has been renamed “Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior”.

Many of Hood’s current graduate programs started out as tracks of the degree, as it was initially developed for the human service occupations.

According to Dr. Jason Trent, Director of the program, “The decision to change the name of the program came after careful consideration by faculty of the Psychology & Counseling department in order to better reflect its current curriculum and focus.  Not only will this better reflect what the program has emphasized for the past several years, but it is also more descriptive. A variety of people have asked, ‘What is Human Sciences?’, and we believe this ambiguity may hinder the success of our students after graduating. Changing the name to Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior will make it clearer to potential students and to potential employers of former students as to what this degree offers.”

Visit the Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior program website for more information.