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Accounting

Highlights:

Description:  You’ll learn effective strategies for assembling, analyzing, and reporting financial data for a wide range of for-profit and nonprofit businesses. Prepares students for employment in public and private accounting.
 
Curriculum:  A broad business curriculum, including courses in accounting, management, finance, marketing, and economics. In addition, courses in communications, ethics, and data analysis provides you knowledge in all aspects of the accounting field. Specialized courses in accounting include: income taxes and auditing.
 
Study abroad opportunities: You can usually include a study abroad experience in your second or third year.
 
Fieldwork experience:  A 3-credit internship is highly encouraged during your third or fourth year.
 
After Graduation: 
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Public Accountant, Accounting positions in corporate firms or nonprofit organizations, Financial Analyst, Accounting Clerk, Payroll Manager, Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable Manager
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) programs, Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs
 
Professional accounting certification opportunities: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
 

Contact:

Professor Laura Katz (lkatz@springfieldcollege.edu)

 

How to apply:

  • 2.50 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Submit standard change of major application form to Dr. Mark Suazo (msuazo@springfieldcollege.edu) as early as midterm of your first semester

Applied Exercise Science

Highlights:

Description:  A broad major that offers a variety of health and fitness related career opportunities. Perfect for students interested in physical fitness and health. You’ll learn how to design and prescribe exercise programs for a wide range of populations and to develop, implement, and interpret fitness and health assessments and maintenance programs for individuals and groups/teams.
 
Curriculum:  A science-based program, including courses in anatomy and physiology, physics and exercise physiology, and kinesiology; also includes courses in exercise prescription, measurement and assessment, nutrition, and management.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Several are required – a 1-credit on-campus practicum first or second year, a 2-credit internship third year, and a 9-credit internship fourth year.
 
AFTER GRADUATION
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Personal trainer in commercial/corporate fitness/wellness settings, Wellness programming and management, Strength and conditioning coach/sports performance, Cardiac rehabilitation specialist  
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Exercise physiology, Strength and conditioning, Sport and exercise psychology, Depending on coursework taken, could pursue graduate work in physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, chiropractic, or medical school
 

Contact:

Dr. Elizabeth O’Neill (eoneill@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3485, AT/ES/Wellness Building, Room 208)

How to apply:

  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Must have two semesters of college coursework before applying, including required sciences
  • Submit letter of application (in a Word document attached to an email with your name clearly written at the top of the letter) to Dr. O'Neill by May 1 of your first year.
    • Letter of application should include:
      • Why are you interested in AEXS?
      • How you will be successful in the major and career field?
      • What are your challenges and how you will overcome those?
      • What are your goals in the field of applied exercise science?

Art & Design

Highlights:

Description:  A variety of methods, techniques, materials, and philosophies will challenge you to express yourself.  As you develop in art and design, you will become visually literate, skilled in creative problem solving, and aesthetically sensitive.

Curriculum:  A rich foundation of introductory art and design courses, followed by guided curriculum in either art or design. If you are interested in teaching licensure, you will be advised through the necessary curriculum. 

Study abroad opportunities:  You can easily include a study abroad experience during your second or third year. If you are focusing on design, you may also choose to complete a study away experience in Hollywood, California at Gnomon School of Visual Effects to learn from industry professionals. 

Fieldwork experience: You will have the option to take part in independent studies and research opportunities. Internships are required for those concentrating in Design.
 
AFTER GRADUATION
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Design and marketing, Illustration or animation, Museum opportunities, Practicing artist, Art administrator, Gallery manager, Video game designer, Graphic designer, Web designer, Multimedia business and communication specialist, Social media marketing
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Studio arts, Art therapy, Education, Marketing, Design
 

Contact:

Prof. Jessica Poser (jposer@springfieldcollege.edu , Blake Hall 2nd floor) 413-748-3041

How to apply:

  • Meet with Prof. Poser and submit standard change of major form to Prof.  Alexandra Ludwig (aludwig@springfieldcollege.edu, Blake 210, 413-748-3463) as early as midterm of your first semester.  Portfolio will be submitted with application.

Art & Education

Highlights:

Description:  A double major focusing on art and design, techniques, materials, and philosophies that will challenge you to express yourself to your fullest potential, while also preparing you for a teaching license for grades PreK-8 or 5-12.
 
Curriculum:  A prescribed curriculum that focuses on the creative process and education courses in teaching methods, child and adolescent development, and educating diverse learners. All teacher preparation students must pass Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, some prior to beginning upper-level courses; strong writing and reading skills are critical.
 
Study abroad opportunities:  A semester-long study abroad experience may be a challenge to fit into the curriculum, but a summer or winter study abroad experience is possible.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Fieldwork experience is built into the education curriculum, beginning as early as the first year.  It culminates with 12 credits of student teaching in your fourth year. 
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities:  Art-focused youth programming, Art teacher, grades PreK-12, public or private schools, Illustration, Marketing or design, Museum curating/restoration
 
Related graduate school opportunities:  Art education, Art therapy, Fine arts

 

Contact:

Dr. Simone Alter-Muri for more information (saltermu@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3752, Visual Arts Center, Blake Hall 2nd floor)

How to apply:

  • Internal transfers with SATs (reading, writing and math) score greater than 500 OR ACT Math Score greater than 18 and ACT English+Reading greater than 37:
    • One semester of successful academic work with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
    • Interview with Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Blake Hall 373) to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • Internal transfers with SATs (reading, writing and math) score less than 500 OR ACT Math Score less than 18 and ACT English+Reading less than 37:
    • Require students to have taken at least 2 semesters of coursework and have a GPA of 3.0.
    • Require students to pass at least one of the Communication & Literacy Skills Tests (reading or writing) before allowing to declare teacher preparation concentration.
    • Interview with Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Blake Hall 373) to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • 2.75 in professional courses designated by Visual and Performing Arts and Education departments
  • Meet with Dr. Alter-Muri and submit standard change of major application and transcript to Prof. Alexandra Ludwig (aludwig@springfieldcollege.edu, Blake 210, 413-748-3463)  and Dr. Stephanie Logan

Art Therapy

Highlights:

Description:  An integration of art and psychology that fosters the development of skills to work with people of all ages, including those with varying degrees of functional and organic impairments. Offers hands on learning; using art materials to understand the goals and applications of art therapy
 
Curriculum:  A blend of studio art, art therapy, and psychology classes that prepare students to enter the field or graduate programs.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Two are required – a 3-credit pre-practicum junior year and a 3-credit practicum in the 3rd or 4th year. 

 
AFTER GRADUATION: 
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Caseworker (psychiatric units, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, private practices, private schools), Therapeutic training and support worker, Psychiatric associate or technician, Teaching assistant (schools and social service entities)
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Fine arts, Art Therapy, Counseling, Education

 

Contact:

Dr. Mary Ellen Hluska, (mhluska@sprinfield.edu, 413-748-4734, Visual Arts Center, Blake Hall 2nd floor)

How to apply:

  • Meet with Dr. Hluska and submit standard change of major form to Prof.  Alexandra Ludwig (aludwig@springfieldcollege.edu, Blake 210, 413-748-3463)  as early as midterm of your first semester

Biology

Highlights:  

Description:  A comprehensive program studying the life sciences on the molecular, organismal, and ecological levels.  Laboratory work is included throughout, allowing you the opportunity for hands-on study, testing hypotheses, and data analysis.
 
Curriculum:  A rigorous science curriculum, including bioscience, ecology, microbiology, genetics, chemistry, and physics, provide a foundation in biology. Through upper-level selectives, you can tailor the major to what interests you – from human anatomy to plant science to cell biology or chemistry.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Independent studies, research projects, or fieldwork can be added to your curriculum.  
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Laboratory assistant in hospitals or government, Medical scribe, Research assistant, Pharmaceutical sales representative 
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Medical, dental, chiropractic, or veterinary school, Physical therapy, physician assistant, or other health-related programs, Science

 

Contact:

Dr. Melinda Fowler (mfowler3@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3235, Schoo-Bemis 223)

How to apply:

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Submit standard change of major to Dr. Hia Kinal (hkinal@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3690, Schoo-Bemis 214) as early as the end of your first semester

Biology & Education/Secondary

Highlights:

Description:  This is a double major focusing on the life sciences (including human biology, botany, and ecology), and preparing for a biology teaching license for grades 8-12.
 
Curriculum:   A rigorous science curriculum that includes bioscience, ecology, microbiology, genetics, chemistry, and physics is combined with courses in teaching methods, child and adolescent development, and educating diverse learners. All teacher preparation students must pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, some prior to beginning upper-level courses; strong writing and reading skills are critical.
 
Study abroad opportunities:  A semester-long study abroad experience may be a challenge to fit into the curriculum, but a summer or winter study abroad experience is possible.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Fieldwork experience is built into the education curriculum, beginning as early as the first year.  It culminates with 12 credits of student teaching in your final year. 
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Middle school science teacher, public or private schools, High school science teacher, public or private schools, Laboratory assistant - hospitals and government agencies, Pharmaceutical, agricultural or biomedical sales
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Education, Biology, Science, Educational Leadership 

 

Contact:

Dr. Lorie Woodson for more information (lwoodson@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3344, Schoo-Bemis, 214) or Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Blake Hall, 373)

How to apply:

  • Internal transfers with SATs (reading, writing and math) score greater than 500 OR ACT Math Score greater than 18 and ACT English+Reading greater than 37:
    • One semester of successful academic work with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
    • Interview with Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Blake Hall, 373) to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • Internal transfers with SATs (reading, writing and math) score less than 500 OR ACT Math Score less than 18 and ACT English+Reading less than 37:
    • Require students to have taken at least 2 semesters of coursework and have a GPA of 3.0.
    • Require students to pass at least one of the Communication & Literacy Skills Tests (reading or writing) before allowing to declare teacher preparation concentration.
    • Interview with Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Blake Hall, 373) to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA in professional courses designated by Biology/Chemistry and Education departments
  • Submit standard change of major form to Dr. Hai Kinal (hkinal@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3690, Schoo-Bemis 214) and Dr. Stephanie Logan

Business Management

Highlights:

Description:  You’ll gain the skills and knowledge necessary to manage and lead a variety of for-profit business and nonprofit organizations.

Curriculum:  Coursework in management, marketing, finance, accounting, and economics will provide  a solid foundation for making management decisions.  In addition, you will take courses on topics such as communications,  ethics, and data analysis. You’ll also have the flexibility to choose electives that reflect your specific career interests and pursue a variety of minors such as psychology, professional writing, math, criminal justice, etc.

Study abroad opportunities: You can usually include a study abroad experience in your second or third year.
 
Fieldwork experience:  At least one 3-credit internship is highly encouraged during your third or fourth year.
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Management trainee positions, Human resource generalist, Marketing and sales positions, Entrepreneur, Banking (varying titles - customer service manager, loan specialist, member relations)
 
Related graduate school opportunities:  
● Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs
 

Contact:

Professor Deeksha Munjal (dmunjal@springfieldcollege.edu), or Professor Saul Valdiviezo (svaldiviezo@springfieldcollege.edu)

How to apply:

  • 2.50 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Submit standard change of major application form to Dr. Mark Suazo (msuazo@springfieldcollege.edu) as early as midterm of your first semester

Communication/Sports Journalism

Highlights:

Description:  An interdisciplinary major that allows you to explore and gain experience in all types of communications media, including print, television, radio, online journalism, and public relations. 
 
Curriculum:  A blend of journalism courses in print, radio, television, and internet, along with communication theory and literature courses. There is room for one or more minors; room for double-majoring with English as well. 
 
Study abroad opportunities: You can easily include a study abroad experience during your third or fourth year.
 
Fieldwork experience:  A 3-credit internship is required; you can complete up to 12 credits. You’ll also have the opportunity to contribute to campus publications, in the newspaper,  television and radio station, and/or with a student-run multimedia news and information website. 
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: News reporter for web, print, television, or radio, Multimedia writer, Communications/content editor, Public relations specialist
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Law school, English, Communications
 
Contact:
 
Prof. Marty Dobrow (mdobrow@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3253, Weiser 203)
 
How to apply:

Must earn a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA for all COMM courses and all courses required for the major

 

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Highlights:

Description:  Prepares you for advanced degree programs in speech-language pathology, audiology, or employment as a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA).
 
Curriculum:  Includes a mix of science, social science, and pre-professional communications disorders courses.
 
Fieldwork Experience:  Two 3-credit practicums are required in your fourth year. You will also observe and participate in fieldwork under the supervision of a certified speech-language pathologist in school, early intervention, rehabilitation, and/or hospital settings.
 
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Developmental specialist, early intervention, Individual aide or paraprofessional for students with disabilities, Speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA), after completing the Massachusetts licensure process.
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Counseling, Public health, Special education, Speech-language pathology or audiology
 

Contact:

Prof. Debra Burnett (dburnett3@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3633) 

How to apply:

  • Submit standard change of major application form to Prof. Debra Burnett as early as midterm of your first semester

Computer and Information Sciences

Highlights:

Description:  You’ll develop expertise in database skills, multi-platform programming development skills, analytical skills, and business intelligence skills to be successful in the computer information technology field. 
 
Curriculum:  Courses focus on the development of computer and information technology skills that have direct relevance and importance across industries, including health and medicine, business, education, research, engineering, art, design, and entertainment.  Minors in mathematics, business, criminal justice, or 3-D animation are encouraged.
 
Optional Concentration:  Internet and Network Security – courses in computer logic and network (network courses are completed at Springfield Technical Community College through CCGS-Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield).
 
Study abroad opportunities: You can usually include a study abroad experience in your third or fourth year.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Independent studies, research projects, or fieldwork can be added to your curriculum.  
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Computer programmer, Software or application developer, Systems engineer/IT technicians, Help desk manager, Project manager, Network systems administrator
 
Related graduate school opportunities (depending on course selection): Computer science, Information technology, Computer engineering
 
Contact:

Dr. James O'Brien (jobrien7@springfield.edu or 413-748-3754, Schoo-Bemis 108)

How to apply:

  • Satisfactory high school background for first-semester students
  • 2.50 cumulative GPA and 2.50 GPA in MATH and CISC classes for students beyond first semester
  • Submit standard change of major application to Dr. James O’Brien (jobrien7@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3754, Schoo-Bemis 108) as early as midterm of your first semester

Computer Science/Criminal Justice

Highlights:

Description:  This is a unique major that unifies a strong, technical background in computer science with the fundamentals of applied criminal justice. Students will build a modern toolkit including coding, data science, and web design as well as take a plethora of courses in criminal justice. The program is the perfect fit for those students interested in a modern spin on the practices of criminal justice and allows for a diverse set of career paths in both the public and private sector after graduation.

Curriculum:  Computer science courses such as Python, C++, algorithms, web design, and 3-D animation provide the technical foundations of the major while the criminal justice courses such as cybercrime, law, and policy complete this interdisciplinary program. Students have room in their schedule to take numerous electives in either discipline.

Study abroad opportunities:  You can usually include a study abroad experience in your third or fourth year.
 
Fieldwork experience:   Students in this program are encouraged to conduct two internships – one in computer science and one in criminal justice. Students are also encouraged to explore independent research projects in areas such as robotics, analytics, or simulations.

AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Computer programmer, Cybercrime policing, FBI, CIA, Software / App developer, Web Designer, Systems engineer/IT technicians, Help desk manager, Project manager, Network systems administrator
 
Related graduate school opportunities (depending on course selection): Computer science, Data Analytics, Sports Analytics, Digital Humanities, Digital References, Information technology, Computer engineering.

Contact:

Dr. James O'Brien (jobrien7@springfield.edu or 413-748-3754, Schoo-Bemis 108)

How to apply:

  • Satisfactory high school background for first-semester student
  • 2.50 cumulative GPA and 2.50 GPA in classes for students beyond first semester
  • Submit standard change of major application to Dr. James O’Brien (jobrien7@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3754, Schoo-Bemis 108) as early as midterm of your first semester

Computer Science/English

Highlights:

Description:  This is a unique major that unifies a strong, technical background in computer science with an exploration into the classics. Students will build a modern toolkit including coding, data science, and web design as well as take a plethora of courses in the numerous sub-disciplines of English. This program is the perfect fit for those students interested in a modern spin on a traditional major and allows a diverse set of career paths after graduation.
 
Curriculum:  Coursework for this major involves two sets of core courses in both computer science and English. Computer science courses such as Python, C++, algorithms, web design, and 3-D animation provide the technical foundations of the major while English courses such as creative writing, and writing for the professions complete this interdisciplinary program. Students have room in their schedule to take numerous electives in either discipline.

Study abroad opportunities:  You can usually include a study abroad experience in your third or fourth year.

Fieldwork experience:  Students in this program are encouraged to conduct two internships one in Computer Science and one in English). Both departments offer a wide array of internship possibilities. Students are also encouraged to explore independent research projects in areas such as robotics, analytics, or simulations.


AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities:  Computer programmer, Software/App developer, Web Designer, Systems engineer/IT technicians, Help desk manager, Project manager, Network systems administrator
 
Related graduate school opportunities (depending on course selection):  Computer science, Data Analytics, Sports Analytics, Digital Humanities, Digital References, Information technology, Computer engineering.

Contact:

Dr. James O'Brien (jobrien7@springfield.edu or 413-748-3754, Schoo-Bemis 108)

How to apply:

  • Satisfactory high school background for first-semester students
  • 2.50 cumulative GPA and 2.50 GPA in classes for students beyond first semester
  • Submit standard change of major application to Dr. James O’Brien (jobrien7@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3754, Schoo-Bemis 108) as early as midterm of your first semester

Criminal Justice

Highlights:

Description:  This major prepares students with an overview of the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections) and examines critical questions about the legal process, the psychology behind why individuals commit crimes, and how governments should balance individual rights and public safety.
 
Curriculum:  A major that allows for a significant number of electives, with room for one or more minors, studying abroad, or a possible double major (for example, with psychology or sociology).
 
Special Programs (providing you meet GPA and other standards):  
  • You can apply in your junior year to a five-year Master of Social Work program, giving you a headstart on your MSW courses.  

  • You can apply for the 3+3 law program, a partnership with Western New England University or UMASS Amherst.  You will complete your undergraduate requirements in three years and, if accepted by WNE or UMASS Amherst, complete three years of law study there. 

Study abroad opportunities:  You can easily include a study abroad experience during your second, third, or fourth year.

Fieldwork experience:  Internships are encouraged during your third or fourth year. 
 
AFTER GRADUATION
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Law enforcement, probation, or correctional officer (municipal/state), Youth and family advocate, Victim witness advocate, Border patrol agent, customs, and immigration enforcement officer (federal), Paralegal, Child protective services worker/case worker (social service entities)
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Social work, Criminology/Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, Law 

Contact:

Dr. Francesca Spina (fspina@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3358, Blake Hall 345)

How to apply:

  • Meet with and submit standard change of major application to Dr. Francesca Spina (fspina@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3358, Blake Hall 345) as early as midterm of your first semester

Dance

Highlights:

Description:  You’ll develop your individuality, creativity, dance knowledge, and technique while preparing for a career in dance, a related field, or graduate programs.
 
Curriculum:  You will focus on arts education, dance technique, history, theory, and choreography.  You have a significant number of electives, with room for one or more minors, or a possible double major (for example, with psychology). Or, you can take courses in management and economics to prepare for a career as a dance studio owner.
 
Study Abroad Opportunities:  A summer study abroad experience is offered and is highly encouraged for the program.
 
Fieldwork Experience:  An internship is highly encouraged during your third or fourth year.
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Dance instructor, Choreographer, Professional dancer, Dance studio marketing/public relations specialist
 
Related graduate school opportunities:  Dance/movement therapy, Somatics, Dance education (MA or MFA), Dance performance (MFA), Choreography (MFA), physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy

 

Contact:

Sarah Zehnder (szehnder@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3490,  Dance Studio; Facilities Building)

How to apply:

  • Meet with Prof. Sarah Zehnder (see above), then submit standard change of major application form to Prof.  Alexandra Ludwig (aludwig@springfieldcollege.edu, Blake 210, 413-748-3463) as early as midterm of your first semester

Education (Early Childhood or Elementary and/or Special)

Highlights:

Description:  The education major combines teaching methods coursework with content knowledge from English Language Arts/literacy, history/social science, mathematics, science, and digital literacy in a program designed to give students a multitude of field based experiences and prepare you for an early childhood grades preK-2 or elementary grades 1-6 and/or special education grades preK-8.
 
Curriculum:  A prescribed curriculum that includes a variety of English, history, mathematics, and science courses combined with education courses in teaching methods, child and adolescent development, and educating diverse learners. All teacher preparation students must pass Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, some prior to beginning upper-level courses; strong writing and reading skills are critical.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Fieldwork experience is built into the education curriculum, beginning as early as the first year.  It culminates with 12-16 credits of student teaching in your final year. 
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Early childhood educator (grades PreK-2) in public or private schools; elementary school teacher, grades 1-6 in public or private schools; special education teacher, grades PreK-8 in public or private schools
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Education, Special Education, School counseling, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership. 
 

Contact:

Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Blake Hall 373)

How to apply:

  • Internal transfers with SATs (reading, writing and math) score greater than 500 OR ACT Math Score greater than 18 and ACT English+Reading greater than 37:
    • One semester of successful academic work with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Education only, students who wish to become elementary and/or special education teachers must receive a "B" or better in MATH 105 or MATH 115 (or equivalent) before being allowed to major in education.
    • Interview with Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Blake Hall 373) to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • Internal transfers with SATs (reading, writing and math) score less than 500 OR ACT Math Score less than 18 and ACT English+Reading less than 37:
    • Require students to have taken at least 2 semesters of coursework and have a GPA of 3.0.  Education only, students who wish to become elementary and/or special education teachers must receive a "B" or better in MATH 105 or MATH 115 (or equivalent) before being allowed to major in education.
    • Require students to pass at least one of the Communication & Literacy Skills Tests (reading or writing) before allowing to declare teacher preparation concentration.
    • Interview with Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Blake Hall 373) to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • Submit standard change of major form to Dr. Stephanie Logan

English

Highlights:

Description:  A traditional liberal arts major designed to increase your abilities in oral and written expression, develop your proficiency in reading and critical thinking, and build your understanding of fundamental human problems as they are revealed in literature.
 
Curriculum:  A flexible curriculum that allows you to select English courses of your choice, complete one or two minors, and possibly double major in a related field. 
 
Fieldwork experience:  Fieldwork is required to complete the English Major.  You can also contribute to one of our campus publications, such as  Alden Street Review, our literary journal; The Springfield Student, our weekly newspaper; or The Pride Sports Journal, our athletics magazine.

 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: News, textbook, or communications editor, Writer, Researcher, Publisher/advertiser, Technical or creative writing 
 
Related graduate school opportunities: English, Creative Writing, Theatre Arts, Education, Journalism, Communications, Law
 

Contact:

Dr. Anne Wheeler (awheeler2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3606, Weiser 215)

How to apply:

  • Submit standard change of major application to Dr. Anne Wheeler as early as midterm of your first semester

English & Education/Secondary

Highlights:

Description:   A double major designed to increase your abilities in oral and written expression, develop your proficiency in reading and critical thinking, build your understanding of fundamental human problems as they are revealed in literature, and prepare you for a secondary grades 5-12 teaching license.
 
Curriculum:  A prescribed curriculum that includes a variety of English courses in writing and literature combined with education courses in teaching methods, child and adolescent development, and educating diverse learners. All teacher preparation students must pass Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, some prior to beginning upper-level courses; strong writing and reading skills are critical.
 
Study abroad opportunities:  A semester-long study abroad experience may be a challenge to fit into the curriculum, but a summer or winter study abroad experience is possible.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Fieldwork experience is built into the education curriculum, beginning as early as the first year.  It culminates with 12 credits of student teaching in your final year. 
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: High or middle school English teacher public or private schools, textbook, news, or communications editor 
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Education, English, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership 
 

Contact:

Dr. Anne Wheeler (awheeler2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3606, Weiser 215)

How to apply:

  • Internal transfers with SATs (reading, writing and math) score greater than 500 OR ACT Math Score greater than 18 and ACT English+Reading greater than 37:
    • One semester of successful academic work with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Education only, students who wish to become elementary and/or special education teachers must receive a "B" or better in MATH 105 or MATH 115 (or equivalent) before being allowed to major in educ ation.
    • Interview with Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Blake Hall 373) to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • Internal transfers with SATs (reading, writing and math) score less than 500 OR ACT Math Score less than 18 and ACT English+Reading less than 37:
    • Require students to have taken at least 2 semesters of coursework and have a GPA of 3.0.  Education only, students who wish to become elementary and/or special education teachers must receive a "B" or better in MATH 105 or MATH 115 (or equivalent) before being allowed to major in education.
    • Require students to pass at least one of the Communication & Literacy Skills Tests (reading or writing) before allowing to declare teacher preparation concentration.
    • Interview with Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Blake Hall 373) to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • Submit standard change of major form to Dr. Wheeler and Dr. Stephanie Logan

Environmental Science

Highlights:

Description:  This major will help prepare you for an environmental science career in nonprofit, government, or the private sector.  You’ll learn how human activity impacts the environment and obtain the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to contribute to solutions to global environmental issues.
 
Curriculum:  An interdisciplinary curriculum, including rigorous science courses in biology,  ecology, chemistry, earth science, and geology, along with coursework in ethics, environmental history and sociology.  
 
Study abroad opportunities:  You can usually include a study abroad experience in your third or fourth year.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Up to 3 credits of internship is highly encouraged during your third or fourth year.
 
 
AFTER GRADUATION
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Environmental consultant/field testing manager, Environmental educator, Park ranger, Recycling manager, Conservation commission manager/assistant manager - municipal entities   
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Environmental studies, Science
 

Contact:

Dr. Justin Compton (jcompton@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3288, Schoo-Bemis 218)

How to apply:

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Submit standard change of major to Dr. Hai Kinal (hkinal@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3690, Schoo-Bemis 214) as early as the end of your first semester

Exercise Science - Pre-professional Athletic Training

Highlights:

Description:  A dual degree program that allows you to earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science ‒ Pre-professional Athletic Training, then a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree. The first three years are spent completing Bachelor’s degree requirements; graduate degree requirements start in the summer of the third year and take an additional 2 years to complete.

Curriculum:   A science-based program, including courses in anatomy and physiology, physics, and exercise physiology, kinesiology, health science, epidemiology and nutrition.

Study abroad opportunities:  A semester-long study abroad experience may be a challenge to fit into the curriculum, especially if transferring into the major, but may be possible in the spring of the second year in the PPAT program.  A summer or winter study abroad experience is also possible.

Fieldwork Experience: There are three clinical learning courses included in the pre-professional phase of the curriculum. An additional 50+ weeks of hands-on learning will be completed in the professional phase.

AFTER GRADUATION:

You will graduate twice – first with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science – Pre–professional Athletic Training at the end of your 4th year of study and at the end of the 5th year, with a Master’s degree. After completing your Master’s, you will be eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC®) Examination for athletic training. After successful completion of the exam, the graduate will be a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Most states also require licensure in order to practice.

Examples of entry-level job opportunities:  Athletic trainer at a high school, college, or university, clinic outreach athletic trainer, industrial or occupational athletic trainer, professional or semi-professional athletic trainer intern

Related graduate school opportunities:  Residency programs in orthopedics, Advanced athletic training degress (DAT), terminal degree such as PhD or EdD

Contact:

Dr. Jessica Barrett (jbarrett3@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-4763, ATES 109)

How to apply:

  • Entry is competitive and on a rolling basis
  • A GPA of 3.00 is the minimum to apply, very strong science grades and college preparatory level courses are highly encouraged (3.00 math/science GPA)
  • First-year requirements include a full year of A&P Concepts (BIOL 130-133), CHEM Survey (CHEM 101/102), College Algebra (MATH 115), and 18-24 credits of completed General Education coursework 
  • If not admitted to EXSC-PPAT, students are encouraged to complete an undergraduate course of study that allows them to meet prerequisites and apply for the Masters in Athletic Training(MSAT) program.  Contact Dr. Barrett for more information and to see if openings are available.

 

 

Exploratory Studies

Highlights:

  • Gives first-year students time and support to explore options for majors and careers
  • Must declare another major by end of second year
  • Upper-level students in transition can switch to the General Studies major

Contact:

Leigh-Ann Gomes (lgomes3@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3465, Academic Advising Center, Administration Building Room 108)

Finance

Highlights:

Description:  You’ll learn analytical and data management skills required for success in the field of finance, such as financial analysis and reporting.

Curriculum:  Courses in financial management and analysis are added to a strong foundation of accounting, marketing, economics, and management courses. In addition, you will take courses on topics such as communications, ethics, and data analysis. You’ll also have the flexibility to choose electives that enhance your skills and pursue a minor such as psychology, professional writing, math, etc.

Study abroad opportunities: You can usually include a study abroad experience in your second or third year.
 
Fieldwork experience: A 3-credit internship is highly encouraged during your third or fourth year. 
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Budget analyst - banks, investment firms, or insurance industries, Credit analyst - banks, investment firms, or insurance industries, Management trainee positions, Investment relations associate, Financial planner, Financial analyst
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs, Master in Finance (MSF)
 
Professional finance certification opportunities: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

 

Contact:

Professor Laura Katz (lkatz@springfieldcollege.edu)

How to apply:

  • 3.00 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Submit standard change of major application form to Dr. Mark Suazo (msuazo@springfieldcollege.edu) as early as midterm of your first semester

General Studies

Highlights:

  • An opportunity to create your own major
  • Designed to give you breadth (General Education requirements and General Studies core) and depth (concentration and/or minor)
  • Significant room for electives
  • Can be a temporary major for upper-level students in transition, or a major followed through to graduation  

Contact:

Leigh-Ann Gomes for more information (lgomes3@springfield.edu or 413-748-3379), Academic Advising Center, Administration Building Room 108 

How to apply:

  • Submit standard change of major application form to Leigh-Ann Gomes as early as midterm of your first semester

Gerentology Certificate

Highlights:

Description:  A certificate that provides students with an applied, interdisciplinary, and affirmative approach to studying human aging. The certificate is designed to be career enhancing, by providing students from various degree programs with an add on additional expertise and specialty education in the field of aging. 

Curriculum:  A blend of courses from the health sciences, art therapy, rehabilitation and disabilities studies, and health promotion.

Fieldwork experience:  A 4-7-credit community experience in gerontology course is required. This is a supervised course that provides students with an opportunity to work with a community organization serving older adults. Community experience in gerontology may also be gained through internships, practicums, clinicals, fieldworks, or service-learning courses required or offered as options within or out of the student’s respective major.

 

AFTER GRADUATION:

Examples of entry-level job opportunities: health educators, community health workers, public health researcher, geriatric social worker, home health aide, and nursing home administration.

Related graduate school opportunities: Masters or doctoral degree in Gerontology, Masters in Public Health

Contact: Sara Namazi (snamazi@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3320, Locklin 102)

How to apply:

  • Internal applicants: Submit Academic Record Update Form to Dr. Debra Burnett (dburnett@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3633, Locklin 112)

  • Non-matriculated students: Apply through admissions office

Graduate School Pre-Health Professions Planning

Highlights:

  • Intended for students who plan to apply to advanced degree programs in healthcare, such as allopathic or osteopathic medicine, dentistry, podiatry, nursing, public health, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, chiropractic, veterinary medicine, mental health, etc.
  • It is highly encouraged that students spend time shadowing and/or working with experts in their intended field. Many students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare are also required to seek opportunities for patient contact, which can be accomplished by volunteering, completing internships, participating in research, or working in the healthcare field.
  • Check out some of our suggested majors and "Heath Profession Pathways" on our Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Scholars webpage: https://springfield.edu/academic-advising/premedical-and-prehealth-scholars
  • It is very common for students to take a “gap year” after graduation to fully prepare for entry to medical school or other health professional programs. The Director of Pre-Health Professions Advising will continue to work with you after you graduate to help you accomplish your career goals!

Contact:

Dr. Ashley S. McNeill, Director of Pre-Health Professions Advising (amcneill@springfield.edu or 413-748-3457)

How to apply:

  • Contact Dr. McNeill early to learn more and plan your program

Health Care Management

Highlights:

Description:  You’ll learn effective skills for leadership and managerial careers within a variety of health care organizations.

Curriculum:  Introductory courses in the functional areas of business ‒ including accounting, finance, management, economics, and marketing ‒ help build a solid foundation of business management knowledge, while additional introductory and advanced courses are specific to the health field. In addition, you will take courses on topics such as communications  and data analysis. You can also pursue a variety of minors such as psychology, professional writing, math, etc.

Study abroad opportunities: You can usually include a study abroad experience in your third or fourth year.
 
Fieldwork experience:  A 3-credit internship is highly encouraged during your third or fourth year.
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Hospital administration, Health and social services manager, Office manager, Practice administrator, Employment manager - healthcare agencies, Benefits manager  
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Master of Public Health (MPH) programs, Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs

Contact:

Professor Laura Katz (lkatz@springfieldcollege.edu)

How to apply:

  • 2.50 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Submit standard change of major application form to Dr. Mark Suazo (msuazo@springfieldcollege.edu) as early as midterm of your first semester

Health Promotion

Highlights:

Description:  You’ll learn about the social, behavioral and environmental factors of health and disease, with an emphasis on diverse populations.
 
Curriculum:  An innovative curriculum that combines courses focused on planning, implementing, and evaluating community health promotion programs.
 
Special programs: 4+1 program: Providing you meet GPA and other standards, you can apply in your senior year to the Master's Program in Health Promotion, and obtain your master's degree in one additional year.
 
Study Abroad: You can easily include a study abroad experience during your second, third, or fourth year.
 
Fieldwork experience: A 12-credit fieldwork in health promotion is required.
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Public health associates - local, state, national, and international settings, Health programmer - community centers or health care organizations, Community-based health coordinator/educator, Allied health researcher 
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Health promotion, Health education, Public health
 

Contact:

Dr. Alice Fiddian-Green - afiddiangreen@springfieldcollege.edu 413-748-3399 (office: Wellness Center 120)

How to apply:

  • Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.
  • Minimum 2.75 major GPA in designated professional courses
  • Submit a letter of application describing your interest in the major to Dr. Michelle Moosbrugger (mmoosbrugger@springfield.edu or Wellness Center, office 126) as early as the end of your first semester

Health/Family and Consumer Sciences

Highlights:

Description:  You’ll learn about the social, behavioral and environmental factors of health and disease, and how to share that knowledge as a teacher of Health/Family and Consumer Science in grades PreK-12. This program leads to the opportunity to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), and a licensed teacher.
 
Curriculum:  A prescribed curriculum that allows students to learn about state and national standards, create skills-based unit and lesson plans, design assessments to evaluate learning, and reflect on their practice.  Special emphases are placed on understanding and meeting the needs of diverse learners. All teacher preparation students must pass Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, some prior to beginning upper-level courses; strong writing and reading skills are critical.
 
Study abroad opportunities:  A semester-long study abroad experience may be a challenge to fit into the curriculum, but a summer or winter study abroad experience is possible.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Fieldwork experience is built into the education curriculum, beginning as early as the first year.  It culminates with 12 credits of student teaching in your fourth year.
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Health and/or Family and Consumer Science teacher, grades PreK-12, public or private schools, Public health associate - local, state, national, and international settings, Community-based health coordinator/educator 
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Health promotion, Public health, Education

 

Contact:

Dr. Michelle Moosbrugger (mmoosbrugger@springfield.edu or 413-748-3486, Wellness Center, office 126) 

How to apply:

  • Internal transfers with SATs (reading, writing and math) score greater than 490 in reading/writing and greater than 480 in math:
    • One semester of successful academic work with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
    • Interview with Dr. Moosbrugger to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • Internal transfers with SATs scores less than 490 (reading, writing) and 480 (math):
    • Require students to have taken at least 2 semesters of coursework and have a GPA of 3.0.
    • Require students to pass at least one of the Communication & Literacy Skills Tests (reading or writing) before allowing to declare teacher preparation concentration.
    • Interview with Dr. Moosbrugger to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA in designated professional courses
  • Submit a letter of application describing your interest in the major to Dr. Moosbrugger

Health Science

Highlights:

Description:  Perfect for students who want to explore health care issues, careers, and ethics, and/or prepare for graduate-level education in a health care field. Can be a good choice for students who plan to apply to advanced degree programs such as nursing, public health, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, chiropractic, etc.
 
Curriculum:  Health care courses, such as introduction to health care and human disease and chronic illness provide students with an overview of the health care field. Core courses and selectives also include science courses, such as anatomy and physiology, and human service courses such as interviewing and case study methods.

Study Abroad: You can usually include a study abroad experience in your second or third year.
 
Fieldwork experience:  You may add a 3-credit practicum experience to your third or fourth year. 
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Public health advocate, Laboratory assistant, Research assistant, Community health specialist, Pharmaceutical sales, Healthcare claims reviewer  
 
Related graduate school opportunities (depending on course selection): Post baccalaureate programs in nursing, Public health, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Physician assistant, physical therapy, or occupational therapy graduate programs, Pharmacy or medical school, Certificate programs in a variety of health technology fields

 

Contact:

Professor Debra Burnett (dburnett3@springfield.edu or 413-748-3318)

How to apply:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 is required.
  • Submit standard change of major application form to Prof. Debra Burnett after grades are received for your first semester.
  • Complete departmental application by clicking here

Health Science - Pre-occupational Therapy

Highlights:

Description:  A dual degree program that allows you to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Science – Pre-Occupational Therapy, then complete a Master of Science or Doctorate in  Occupational Therapy. The first three years are spent completing foundational courses with professional requirements beginning in your fourth year.
 
Curriculum:   Includes prerequisite science courses, social science courses, and practica for both the Health Science and graduate degrees in occupational therapy.
 
Study Abroad Opportunities:  You may be able to complete a study abroad experience in your second year. Summer programs are also an option.
 
Fieldwork Experience:  Fieldwork experiences are included within courses in the second, third, and fourth years of the program, allowing students numerous opportunities to work with occupational therapy clinicians and clients throughout the greater Springfield area.
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
You will graduate twice – first with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science – Pre-occupational Therapy, then with a Master of Science or Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. After completing your graduate degree, you will be eligible to take your occupational therapy registration exam.

 

Contact:

Dr. Elizabeth McAnulty, Emcanulty@springfieldcollege.edu, 413-748-3829, Health Sciences Building room 166B

How to apply: 

  • Program usually fills—may be no openings for internal transfer: If there are openings, will be highly competitive entry—minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, 3.20 science and math GPA, and shadowing experience required.
  • Must have completed at least one lab science required for HSOT, one behavioral social science, and OCTH 101
  • Experience in human services work (volunteer or paid) and observation in OT services
  • Minimum SAT Critical Reading & Math score of 1000 (High school grades may be reviewed)
  • Interview with Dr. Simmons
  • Special application packet required -- contact Dr. Simmons for more info
  • Applications must be received by May 15 for acceptance for fall

Health Science - Pre-physical Therapy

Highlights:

Description:  A dual degree program that allows you to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Science – Pre-Physical Therapy, then a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.  The first three years are spent completing bachelor's degree requirements; graduate requirements start in the summer of the third year and take an additional three years to complete.
 
Curriculum:  Includes prerequisite science courses for the DPT program, such as bioscience, general chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, general physics, and physiology of exercise. 
 
You are also required to complete a minor – a 15-18 credit, secondary field of study.  Popular choices include psychology, nutrition, or business.
 
Study Abroad Opportunities:  You may be able to complete a study abroad experience in the fall or spring of your third year. Summer programs are also an option.
 
Fieldwork Experience:  Clinical service learning opportunities are embedded in the third year of the HSPT curriculum and throughout the DPT curriculum
 
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
You will graduate twice – first with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science – Pre-Physical Therapy at the end of your 4th year of study, then with a DPT degree. After completing your DPT, you will be eligible to take your physical therapy licensure exam.
 

Contact:

Dr. Kathy Pappas (kpappas2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3028, Allied Health 128)

How to apply:

  • If there are openings, entry is extremely competitive—3.00 minimum to apply (3.50 recommended), very strong science grades (3.00 math/science GPA), and shadowing experience required (minimum of 10 hours with a physical therapist, encouraged to observe in more than one setting)
  • Program is capped and often filled—limited openings for internal transfers
  • First-year requirements include a full year of Bioscience (BIOL 121-124) and General Chemistry (CHEM 121-124)—both very difficult courses: Physical therapy admissions committee looks for ability to handle two science courses together, but students are recommended to take both only if they are also eligible for Biology major
  • If not admitted as an undergraduate, students can still take the prerequisites and apply for graduate programs, either here or elsewhere
  • Contact Dr. Pappas for more information and to see if openings are available

Health Science - Pre-physician Assistant

Highlights:

Description:  A dual degree program that allows you to first earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Science – Pre-Physician Assistant, then complete a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.  Graduate requirements start in January of your fourth year.
 
Curriculum:  Includes prerequisite science courses for the Master’s program, such as Bioscience, General Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Organic Chemistry.  
 
Study Abroad Opportunities:  You may be able to complete a study abroad experience in the spring of your third year. Summer programs are also an option.
 
Fieldwork Experience:  You are required to complete a minimum of 470 hours of patient contact and 30 hours of shadowing a physician assistant before entering the professional phase in your fourth year. 
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
You will graduate twice – first with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science – Pre-Physician Assistant, then with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. After completing your Master’s, you will be eligible to take the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) National Certification Examination (PANCE) and apply for state licensure.

 

Contact:

Prof. Roxanne Sprague (rsprague2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3931 , PA Dept. Blake Hall)

Application Requirements:

  • Note: Seats in the program are most often filled— there may be years with no openings for internal transfers. If there are openings, acceptance will be extremely competitive. 

  • Requirements include; a minimum overall GPA 3.00 to apply, a minimum grade of a C+ in all prerequisite courses, proof of shadowing experience and patient contact hours, a completed application, an essay, and three letters of recommendation from a science professor(s) and a healthcare professional(s).

  • If openings are available in the Sophomore class, requirements include a full year of Bioscience (BIOL 121-124) and General Chemistry (CHEM 121-124), 8 credits of each, with a grade of C+ or higher in each.  The Physician Assistant Admissions Committee looks for ability to handle two very difficult science courses together.

  • If openings are available in the Junior class, requirements include a full year of Bioscience (BIOL 121-124), General Chemistry (CHEM 121-124), Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 250-253), and Organic Chemistry (CHEM 221-224), 8 credits of each, with a grade of C+ or higher in each.

  • If not admitted as an undergraduate, students can still take the prerequisites and apply for graduate programs, either here or elsewhere

How to apply:

  • Internal transfers must apply by June 1 for acceptance for the next fall – contact Sara Zukowski szukowski2@springfieldcollege.edu  413-748-3554

  • Completed application and all supplemental material will be submitted to Roxanne Sprague, contact information above.

History

Highlights:

Description:  The study of history and its methodology helps you understand society, communicate and cooperate in a multicultural world, and more effectively address contemporary challenges.
 
Curriculum:  A flexible curriculum that allows you to complete one or two minors, and possibly double major in a related field.  
 
Suggested minors: Public history and museum studies, philosophy or religion, French or Spanish
 
Special programs:  Providing you meet GPA and other admissions criteria, you can apply for the 3+3 law program, a partnership with Western New England University School of Law or UMASS Dartmouth School of Law. You will complete your undergraduate requirements in three years, and, if accepted by WNE or UMASS Dartmouth, complete three years of law study there. 
 
Study abroad opportunities:  You can easily include a study abroad experience during your second, third, or fourth year if you do not pursue the 3+3 law program.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Independent studies, research projects, or fieldwork can be added to your curriculum.  
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities:  Education, training, and library, Management: business, science, and arts, Law occupations, Sales, Office and administration support
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Education, History, Law, Library sciences, Museum studies, Public administration

 

Contact:

Dr. Fernando González de León (fgonzale@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3261, Blake Hall 304)

How to apply:

  • Meet with Dr. González de León, then submit standard change of major application form to Dr. Susan Joel (sjoel@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3349 , Blake Hall 3rd floor) as early as midterm of your first semester

History & Education/Secondary

Highlights:

Description:  A double major that focuses on the study of history and its methodology helps you understand society, communicate and cooperate in a multicultural world, more effectively address contemporary challenges, and prepares you for a teaching license for grades 5-8 or 8-12.
 
Curriculum:  A prescribed curriculum (with electives) that combines world and U.S. history courses with courses in teaching methods, child and adolescent development, and educating diverse learners. All teacher preparation students must pass Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, some prior to beginning upper-level courses; strong writing and reading skills are critical.
 
Study abroad opportunities:  A semester-long study abroad experience may be a challenge to fit into the curriculum, but a summer or winter study abroad experience is possible.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Fieldwork experience is built into the education curriculum, beginning as early as the first year.  It culminates with 12 credits of student teaching in your final year. 
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: High school history teacher, public or private schools, Historian, Middle school history teacher, public or private schools, Museum archivist or curator
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Education and/or Special Education, Education Policy, History, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Social Sciences

 

Contact:

Dr. Ian Delahanty (idelahanty@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3646, Blake Hall) or Dr. Dan Zukergood (dzukergood@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3354, Blake Hall 372) or Dr. Susan Joel (sjoel@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3349, Blake Hall 312)

How to apply:

  • Internal transfers with SATs (reading, writing and math) score greater than 500 OR ACT Math Score greater than 18 and ACT English+Reading greater than 37:
    • One semester of successful academic work with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
    • Interview with Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Blake Hall 373) to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • Internal transfers with SATs (reading, writing and math) score less than 500 OR ACT Math Score less than 18 and ACT English+Reading less than 37:
    • Require students to have taken at least 2 semesters of coursework and have a GPA of 3.0.
    • Require students to pass at least one of the Communication & Literacy Skills Tests (reading or writing) before allowing to declare teacher preparation concentration.
    • Interview with Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Blake Hall 373) to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • 2.75 in professional courses designated by Social Sciences and Education departments
  • Submit standard change of major application and transcript to Dr. Francesca Spina (fspina@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3646, Blake Hall 307) and Dr. Stephanie Logan

3+3 Law Program

Highlights:

  • A partnership program offered with Western New England University’s School of Law or UMASS Law Amherst
  • Students complete their undergraduate requirements in three years, and, if accepted by WNEU or UMASS Law, complete three years of law study there
  • Works best with a social science department major ( Criminal Justice, History, Sociology)

Contact:

Dr. Thomas Carty (tcarty@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3254)

How to apply:

  • Contact Dr. Carty early to learn more and plan your program

Marketing

Highlights:

Description:  You’ll learn about critical aspects of marketing, including strategies relating to product development and management, branding, pricing, promotion, and distribution. 
 
Curriculum:  A background in the functional areas of business, including management, finance, economics, and accounting, with upper-level courses focused on best practice marketing concepts and strategies. In addition, you will take courses in topics such as communications, ethics, and data analysis. You can also pursue a variety of minors such as psychology, professional writing, math, etc.
 
Study abroad opportunities:  You can usually include a study abroad experience in your second or third year.
 
Fieldwork experience:  A 3-credit internship is highly encouraged during your third or fourth year.
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Advertising associate, Social media coordinator, Market research analyst, Public relations specialist, Content marketing specialist, Digital marketing specialist, Brand Manager
 
Related graduate school opportunities:  
● Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs

 

Contact:

Professor Michael Musante (mmusante@springfieldcollege.edu)

How to apply:

  • 2.50 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Submit standard change of major application form to Professor Mark Suazo (msuazo@springfieldcollege.edu) as early as midterm of your first semester

Mathematics and Computer Technology

Highlights:

Description: You’ll learn crucial quantitative, applied computational, and critical-thinking skills relevant to mathematics and computers.
 
Curriculum: Includes classes in microcomputer applications, computer graphics, computer animation, hypermedia, and discrete mathematics.
 
Concentrations (must choose one): Computer Science – courses focusing on computer architecture and databases Mathematics – courses focusing on mathematical analysis and abstract algebra
 
Study abroad opportunities:  You can usually include a study abroad experience in your third or fourth year.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Independent studies, research projects, or fieldwork can be added to your curriculum.  
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Financial planner, Actuary, Research analyst, Computer network specialist, Market researcher, Data analyst, Account executive/business analyst, Computer/IT technician 
 
Related graduate school opportunities:  (depending on course selection): Education, Computer science, Mathematics

 

Contact:

Dr. James O'Brien (jobrien7@springfield.edu or 413-748-3754, Schoo-Bemis 108)

How to apply:

  • Satisfactory high school background for first-semester students
  • 2.50 cumulative GPA and 2.50 GPA in MATH and CISC classes for students beyond first semester
  • Submit standard change of major application to Dr. James O’Brien (jobrien7@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3754, Schoo-Bemis 108) as early as midterm of your first semester

Mathematics

Highlights

Description:  You’ll learn both pure and applied areas of mathematics that foster the development of analytical skills applicable to the pursuit of a variety of professional careers in business, government, and technical industries.
 
Curriculum:  Mathematics courses focus on mathematical analysis, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, probability theory, abstract algebra, and geometry.  You are also encouraged to complete a minor in areas such as computer science, computer programming, business management, and economics.
 
Study abroad opportunities:  You can usually include a study abroad experience in your third or fourth year.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Independent studies, research projects, or fieldwork can be added to your curriculum.  
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Financial planner, Actuary, Research analyst, Market researcher, Data analyst, Account executive/business analyst 
 
Related graduate school opportunities (depending on course selection): Education, Mathematics
 

Contact:

Dr. James O'Brien (jobrien7@springfield.edu or 413-748-3754, Schoo-Bemis 108)

How to apply:

  • Satisfactory high school background for first-semester students
  • 2.50 cumulative GPA and 2.50 GPA in MATH and CISC classes for students beyond first semester
  • Submit standard change of major application to Dr. James O’Brien (jobrien7@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3754, Schoo-Bemis 108) as early as midterm of your first semester

Mathematics & Education/Secondary

Highlights:

Description:  This is a double major focusing on pure and applied areas of mathematics, and preparing for a teaching license for grades 5-12.

Curriculum:  A prescribed math curriculum that includes mathematical analysis, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, and probability theory combined with courses in teaching methods, child and adolescent development, and educating diverse learners. All teacher preparation students must pass Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, some prior to beginning upper-level courses; strong writing and reading skills are critical.
 
Study abroad opportunities:  A semester-long study abroad experience may be a challenge to fit into the curriculum, but a summer or winter study abroad experience is possible.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Fieldwork experience is built into the education curriculum, beginning as early as the first year.  It culminates with 12 credits of student teaching in your final year. 
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Middle school math teacher, public or private schools, High school math teacher, public or private schools, Actuary, Data analyst, Research analyst 
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Education, Mathematics, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership 
 

Contact:

Dr. James O'Brien (jobrien7@springfield.edu or 413-748-3754, Schoo-Bemis 108)

How to apply:

  • Internal transfers with SATs (reading, writing and math) score greater than 500 OR ACT Math Score greater than 18 and ACT English+Reading greater than 37:
    • One semester of successful academic work with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
    • Interview with Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Blake Hall 373) to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • Internal transfers with SATs (reading, writing and math) score less than 500 OR ACT Math Score less than 18 and ACT English+Reading less than 37:
    • Require students to have taken at least 2 semesters of coursework and have a GPA of 3.0.
    • Require students to pass at least one of the Communication & Literacy Skills Tests (reading or writing) before allowing to declare teacher preparation concentration.
    • Interview with Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Blake Hall 373) to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • 2.75 in professional courses designated by Math/Physics/Computer Science and Education departments
  • Submit standard change of major application and transcript to Dr. Stephanie Logan and Dr. James O’Brien (jobrien7@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3754, Schoo-Bemis 108) as early as midterm of your first semester

Movement and Sports Studies

Highlights:

Description:  A comprehensive understanding of the scientific and social foundations of movement and its cultural forms of dance, sports, games, and exercise. Provides strong education and experiences to lead in the fields of youth development, coaching, adventure education, and wellness. You will learn how to teach and lead activities in a variety of settings that will expose individuals and groups to new growth opportunities.
 
Curriculum:  A science-based program, including courses in anatomy and physiology, physics and exercise physiology; also includes courses in psychosocial aspects of sport.  You are also strongly encouraged to complete a minor, such as athletic coaching, health promotion, dance, or adventure education.
 
Study Abroad Opportunities:  You can usually include a study abroad experience in your second or third year.
 
Fieldwork Experience:  Field experience is built into the curriculum, including a 12-credit practicum experience required in your fourth year.
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Youth programmer/specialist - community-based agencies, YMCAs, or sports facilities, Outdoor adventure educator, Recreational aide, Wilderness outdoor instructor, High school, club, or youth sport coach
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Athletic administration, Sport management, Health promotion, Athletic coaching, Strength and conditioning, Physical education licensure
 

Contact:

Dr. Michelle Moosbrugger (mmoosbrugger@springfield.edu or 413-748-3486, Wellness Center, office 126) 

How to apply:

  • Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.
  • Minimum 2.50 GPA in designated professional courses and subject matter courses
  • Submit a letter of application describing your interest in the major to Dr. Moosbrugger as early as the end of your first year

Physical Education

Highlights:

Description:  You will learn about the scientific and social foundations of movement, with a focus on preparing you to teach physical education in schools (grades PreK-12).
 
Curriculum:  A science-based curriculum that includes anatomy and physiology, physics, and physiology of exercise combined with physical education courses in teaching methods, motor development, and educating diverse learners. All teacher preparation students must pass Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, some prior to beginning upper-level courses; strong writing and reading skills are critical.
 
Study abroad opportunities:  A semester-long study abroad experience may be a challenge to fit into the curriculum, but a summer or winter study abroad experience is possible.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Fieldwork experience is built into the education curriculum, beginning as early as the first year.  It culminates with 12 credits of student teaching in your fourth year. 
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Physical educator in public or private schools, Youth programmer - community-based agencies, YMCAs, or sports facilities, Outdoor adventurer or recreational programmer, Coach
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Physical education, Athletic administration, Sport management, Adapted physical education, Health promotion, Athletic coaching
 

Contact:

Dr. Michelle Moosbrugger (mmoosbrugger@springfield.edu or 413-748-3486, Wellness Center, office 126)

How to apply:

  • Internal transfers with SATs scores greater than 490 reading/writing and greater than 480 in math OR ACT Math score greater than 17 and ACT English+Reading score greater than 35:
    • One semester of successful academic work with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
    • Interview with Dr. Moosbrugger to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • Internal transfers with SATs scores less than 490 reading/writing and less than 480 in math OR ACT Math score less than 17 and ACT English+Reading score less than 35:
    • Require students to have taken at least 2 semesters of coursework and have a GPA of 3.0.
    • Require students to pass at least one of the Communication & Literacy Skills Tests (reading or writing) before allowing to declare teacher preparation concentration.
    • Interview with Dr. Moosbrugger to assess student’s potential.
    • Written request from student stating why s/he wants to become a teacher and clearly states that s/he understands the minimum requirements/standards, 2.75 GPA and pass all MTELs.
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA in designated professional courses
  • Submit a letter of application describing your interest in the major to Dr. Moosbrugger as early as the end of your first year

Physical Education and Health/Family and Consumer Science

Highlights:

Description:  A dual licensure program leading to teaching licenses for physical education and health, family, and consumer sciences education in public schools in grades PreK-12.
 
Curriculum:  A prescribed curriculum of science-based courses, such as anatomy and physiology, physics, and physiology of exercise, and physical education, courses in teaching methods, motor behavior, and educating diverse learners.
 
Study abroad opportunities:  A semester-long study abroad experience may be a challenge to fit into the curriculum, but a summer or winter study abroad experience is possible.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Fieldwork experience is built into the education curriculum, beginning in the first year.  It culminates with 18 credits of student teaching in your fourth year.
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Physical Education teacher in public or private schools, Health and/or Family and Consumer Science teacher in public or private schools, Youth activities programmer - community-based agencies, YMCAs, or sports facilities, Outdoor adventure, wellness, or recreational programming, Coach 
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Physical education, Athletic administration, Adapted physical education, Health promotion, Athletic coaching, Health education
 

Contact:

Dr. Michelle Moosbrugger (mmoosbrugger@springfield.edu or 413-748-3486, Wellness Center, office 126)

How to apply:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA in designated professional courses
  • Acceptance would be pending passing scores on the MTEL Communication and Literacy exams
  • Submit a letter of application describing your interest in the dual licensure program to Dr. Moosbrugger as early as the end of your first year

Requires a cumulative 3.00 GPA to apply, along with a 3.25 GPA in designated professional and subject matter courses

Psychology

Highlights:

Description:  A traditional liberal arts major that provides a deeper understanding of the science, theories, and practical application of psychology across multiple areas of the field, such as developmental, social, cognitive, health, forensic, industrial/organizational and counseling psychology.
 
Curriculum:  A flexible curriculum that allows for depth and breadth of the field of psychology while also allowing for a number of electives and specialty courses, room for one or more minors, studying abroad, or a possible double major (for example, with Business or Criminal Justice). 
 
Special Programs (providing you meet GPA and other standards): In your junior year you can apply to an accelerated Master of Social work program, giving you a headstart on an MSW degree.
 
Study Abroad Opportunities:  You can easily include a study abroad experience during your second, third, or fourth year.
 
Fieldwork Experience:  A 3-6-credit internship or research experience is required during your third or fourth year to prepare you for career opportunities or future graduate studies.
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Social services caseworker, Therapeutic training and support counselor, Youth and family advocate, Probation officer, Residential manager, Human resource assistant/generalist 
 
Related graduate school opportunities: School or athletic counseling, Clinical mental health counseling, Law, Social work, Masters and PhD programs in psychology
 

Contact:

Matt Brubaker (mbrubaker@springfield.edu  413-748-3472, Locklin 3rd floor)

How to apply:

  • Submit standard change of major application form to Dr. DeSousa (mdesousa@springfield.edu,  413-748-3075, Locklin Room 336) as early as midterm of your first semester

Public Health

Highlights

Description:  Students earning an undergraduate degree in public health learn to assess and improve population health at many levels using evidence-based strategies. The skills and knowledge gained through the study of public health are applicable to all clinical health professions, and are also important for careers that relate to health indirectly or on a broader scale. 

Curriculum:  The Public Health curriculum provides students with the foundational skills represented in the five core areas of public health: health policy, epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences. In addition to completing a series of core courses, students customize the major by choosing selective courses related to their interests and career goals. Students are also encouraged to choose a minor representing a concentration area within the field of Public Health.

Study Abroad Opportunities:  You can easily include a study abroad experience during your second, third, or fourth year.

Fieldwork experience:  One 3-credit fieldwork experience or practicum is required.  

 

AFTER GRADUATION

Examples of entry-level job opportunities:  Organizations including nonprofits, government, consulting, and advocacy organizations. Graduates of public health programs become researchers, clinicians, policy makers or lawmakers, community planners or organizers, infectious disease specialists, educators, administrators, or can apply their training in any number of other fields.

Related graduate school opportunities:

  • Public health (e.g., master’s or PhD in public health or a related field)

  • Clinical graduate programs

Contact:

Prof. Debra Burnett (dburnett3@springfieldcollege.edu 

How to apply:

Submit standard change of major application form to Department Chair, Prof. Debbie Burnett, as early as midterm of your first semester.

Recreation Industries and Therapeutic Recreation

Highlights:

Description: An excellent choice for students who are passionate about service and would like to impact others through recreation and sports in community, health, and nonprofit settings.  Leadership, programming, and event management are emphasized through service and experiential learning modules to maximize your experience prior to graduation.
 
Curriculum: Coursework provides you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in our growing professions, and fulfills the educational requirements for multiple certifications. Depending on the concentration and track selected, students will be eligible to sit for the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) exams. Courses focus on teaching students how recreation can empower people, develop communities and positive youth experiences, promote a quality leisure lifestyle, and increase levels of wellbeing across the lifespan.
 
Fieldwork experience: Students will accumulate a minimum of 660 hours of professional experience as part of their practicum and internship courses, positioning them for competitive entry-level jobs in the field.

 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Camp Specialist, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Recreation Coordinator/Programmer/Specialist, Youth Development Professional/Coordinator/Specialist, Program Director of Sports, Athletics/Sports Specialist, Therapeutic Program Coordinator, Activity Director, Events Coordinator, Outdoor Programs Instructor
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Athletic administration, Sport management, Recreation management, Rehabilitation and disability studies, Mental health counseling, Recreation therapy, Esports management
 

Contact:

Dr. Ariel Rodriguez (arodriguez16@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3272, Wellness/Field House 213C)

How to apply:

  • Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA
  • Interview with Dr. Rodriguez to assess student’s potential
  • Submit standard change of major form, resume, and PrideNET academic transcript to Dr. Rodriguez (arodriguez16@springfieldcollege.edu, Wellness/Field House 213C) as early as the beginning of a student's second semester

Rehabilitation and Disability Studies

Highlights:

Description:  A human services major with a focus on working with people with disabilities, including physical, developmental, and emotional. This is a wonderful program for students who want to work with people in mental health, counseling or other human services and helping professions.
 
Curriculum:  A flexible curriculum that allows for a significant number of electives, with room for one or more minors, studying abroad, or a possible double major (for example, with Psychology).
 
Special programs: Providing you meet GPA and other standards, you can apply in your junior year to any of our department’s graduate counseling programs (Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or School Counseling) and begin taking graduate coursework to complete both your Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in just over 5 years.
 
Study abroad opportunities:  You can easily include a study abroad experience during your second, third, or fourth year.
 
Fieldwork experience: Students are provided with opportunities for fieldwork as early as their sophomore years. They can take up to 9 credits of fieldwork to explore the helping professions and gain experience. 

 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Rehabilitation specialist, Case Manager, Vocational rehabilitation case worker, Developmental specialist, Advocacy, Employment coach, Human service professional
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapist, Occupational therapy or other medically oriented helping profession
 

Contact:

Dr. Allison Cumming-McCann (acumming@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3025, Locklin 312)

How to apply:

  • Submit standard change of major application form to Dr. Cumming-McCAnn (see above) as early as midterm of your first semester

Sociology

Highlights:

Description:  A great choice for students who are interested in learning how people are influenced by their social world and how they act as its creators. A social science focusing on human relationships in society. You will explore the role of culture, groups, diversity, social issues, social change, and various institutions, such as family, economy, politics, religion, education, media, and health care.
 
Curriculum: An interdisciplinary major that allows for a significant number of electives, with room for one or more minors, studying abroad, or a possible double major (for example, with criminal justice or psychology).
 
Optional concentration: Social Work - additional courses in psychology, group work, and introduction to social work
 
Special programs (providing you meet GPA and other standards):
  • In your junior year you can apply to an accelerated Master of Social Work program, giving you a headstart on an MSW degree at SC.  

OR

  • You can apply for the 3+3 Law Program, a partnership with Western New England University or UMASS Amherst.

Study abroad opportunities:  You can easily include a study abroad experience during your second, third, or fourth year if you do not pursue the 3+3 law program.
 
Fieldwork experience:  A 6-credit internship is required during your third or fourth year. In  your junior year you can apply to an accelerated Law (JD) degree through Western New England University or UMASS Amherst.
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Community development, mediation, or leadership, Youth program worker, Public administration at local, state, or national level, Human Services
 
Related graduate school opportunities:  Social work, Law, Public Administration
 

Contact:

Dr. Laurel Davis-Delano for more information (ldavis@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3645) or Dr. Susan Joel (sjoel@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3349)

How to apply:

  • Meet with Dr. Davis-Delano then submit standard change of major application to Dr. Susan Joel (sjoel@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3349, Blake Hall 312) as early as midterm of your first semester

Social Work

Highlights:

Description:  The program prepares students for professional, responsible, ethical, and competent entry-level generalist social work practice in a wide range of settings. Graduates will possess the skills, knowledge, values, and cognitive and affective processes to effectively work at the direct practice level. Students are challenged to understand themselves as change agents in society, committed to social, economic, and environmental justice, and equipped to defend the dignity and worth of all human beings.

Curriculum:  With a focus on social justice and equity, the curriculum incorporates courses focusing on practice, policy, human behavior, and research. Coursework is integrated into a comprehensive field practicum.

Study abroad opportunities:  You can usually include a study abroad experience in your second year.

Fieldwork experience: In your senior year, you will complete a 400-hour field practicum that will integrate theory and practice.

 

AFTER GRADUATION:

Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Advocacy, Aging, Behavioral health, Child welfare, Community development, Health/medical, Mental health, School social work, Substance use

Related graduate school opportunities: Once the BSW is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (targeted for June 2024), you can apply to an advanced standing MSW program, which enables you to complete an MSW degree in one year full-time. Other graduate degrees include a variety of related fields such as law, public administration, public health, and psychology.

 

Contact:

Professor Dr. Donna Wang, BSW Program Director at dwang@springfieldcollege.edu

How to apply:

To apply to the program, you will need to: 

  • Maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.5 
  • Achieve a grade of “B” or higher in SWRK 101 
  •  Meet with a social work faculty advisor and submit a standard change of major form to Dr. Anthony Hill (ahill@springfieldcollege.edu, Brennan Center)
  • Act in accordance with the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Code of Ethics and the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work Statement of Principles
  • Complete an application for the BSW Major and submit it to the Program Director

Sport Management

Highlights:

Description:  A professional program designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop expertise in the world of sport business and management.
 
Curriculum:  Coursework, such as event management, marketing and public relations, venue management, and sales. Focuses on the intricacies of sport management activities and how to be an effective business professional.
 
Suggested minors: Business Management, Sport Analytics, Marketing
 
Fieldwork experience:  A 12-credit internship is required in your fourth year.
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Sports marketer, Event planner/coordinator, Inside sales representative, Ticket sales manager, Sponsors activation coordinator
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Athletic Administration, Law, Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs

Contact:

Dr. Heather Gilmour (hgilmour@springfield.edu or 413-748-3693 or 413-748-4751, Wellness/Field House)

How to apply:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Interview with Dr. Gilmour to assess student’s potential
  • Submit letter of intent, resume, and PrideNET academic transcript to Dr. Gilmour
    • Letter of intent should include:  
      • Why are you interested in SMGT?
      • What area of sport management are you interested in?
      • How you will be successful in the major and career field?
      • What are your challenges and how you will overcome those?
      • What are your short-term goals -- what do you hope to be doing in 5 years?
      • What are your long-term goals in sport management?
  • Letter of intent, resume, and transcript must be received by March 1 for first-year students
  • Transfer and second-year students can submit application letter, resume, and transcript by October 1

Sports Biology

Highlights:

Description:  Similar to a biology major, but with a focus in human biology, including human anatomy, physiology, and human performance (i.e., exercise physiology and kinesiology).  
 
Curriculum:  A rigorous science curriculum that includes bioscience, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, advanced anatomy and physiology, and movement science.
 
Study abroad opportunities:  A semester-long study abroad experience could be difficult to fit into your curriculum, but is doable with planning.  A summer or winter study abroad experience is possible.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Independent studies, research projects, or fieldwork can be added to your curriculum.  
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Laboratory assistant in hospitals or government, Patient care aide, Research assistants, Pharmaceutical sales representative, Medical scribe 
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Medical, dental, chiropractic, or veterinary school, Physical therapy, physician assistant, or other health-related programs, Sciences, Exercise physiology
 

Contact:

Dr. Hai Kinal (hkinal@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3690, Schoo-Bemis 214)

How to apply:

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Submit standard change of major to Dr. Hai Kinal (hkinal@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3690, Schoo-Bemis 214) as early as the end of your first semester