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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 management, finance, communications, ethics, and data analysis, provides you knowledge in all aspects of the accounting field. Specialized course in accounting include: income taxes and auditing. Provides technical and software skills necessary for success in the accounting field
 
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:

Prof. Michael Musante (Mmusante@springfield.edu or 413-748-3203, Locklin 201)

How to apply:

  • 3.00 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Submit standard change of major application form to Dr. Suazo as early as midterm of your first semester

Art

Highlights:

Description:  An assortment of methods, techniques, materials, and philosophies will challenge you to express yourself to your fullest potential.  As you mature as an artist, you will become visually literate, skilled in creative problem solving, and aesthetically sensitive.
 
Curriculum:  A blend of introductory creative and art foundation courses, studios in various media, and art history classes. 
 
Fieldwork experience:  Independent studies, research projects, or fieldwork can be added to your curriculum.  
 
AFTER GRADUATION
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Design and marketing, Illustration or animation, Museum curating and restoration, Artist, Photographer, Printmaker, Art administrator, Gallery manager
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Fine arts, Art therapy, Education
 

Contact:

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

How to apply:

  • Meet with Prof. Poser and submit standard change of major form to Prof. Martin Shell (mshell@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3443, Visual Arts Center, Blake Hall 2nd floor) as early as midterm of your first semester.  Portfolio will be submitted with application.

Art & Education

Highlights:

Description:  A double major focusing on studio art methods, 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-12. Can apply for ARTS first, then apply for EDUC after first semester grades are posted
 
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 critical
 
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, Locklin 3rd floor) 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, Locklin 3rd floor) 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. Martin Shell (mshell@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3443, Visual Arts Center, Blake Hall 2nd floor) 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 6-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. Martin Shell (mshell@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3443, Visual Arts Center, Blake Hall 2ndfloor) 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, 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 206)

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 5-8 and/or 8-12.
 
Curriculum:  A rigorous science curriculum that includes bioscience, ecology, microbiology, 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
 
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: 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

 

Contact:

Dr. Lorie Woodson for more information (lwoodson@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3344, Schoo-Bemis, 202A) or Dr. Eileen Cyr (ecyr@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3312, Blake Hall, 376) 

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 ethics provides you a solid foundation. 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, or criminal justice.
 
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:

Prof. Michael Musante (Mmusante@springfield.edu or 413-748-3203, Locklin 201)

How to apply:

  • 2.50 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Submit standard change of major application form to Dr. Suazo 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. 
 
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:

  • Submit standard change of major application to Dr. Paul Thifault (ethifault@springfield.edu or 413-748-3260, Weiser 210) as early as midterm of your first semester

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. Students applying at end of sophomore year or beyond may need to complete program matriculation application and meet program standards.
 
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 for students with disabilities, Speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA), after completing the Massachusetts licensure 
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Counseling, Public health, Special education, Speech-language pathology or audiology
 

Contact:

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

How to apply:

  • Submit standard change of major application form to Prof. Cook 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. Learn more about the endless possibilities with math, physics and computer science.  Follow the department on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/scmpcs/ 
 
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)
 
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

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's School of Law.  You will complete your undergraduate requirements in three years and, if accepted by WNE, complete three years of law study there.  
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 413-748-3646, Blake Hall 345)

How to apply:

  • Meet with and submit standard change of major application to Dr. Francesca Spina (fspina@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3646, Blake Hall 307) 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.
 
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, Dance performance, Choreography

 

Contact:

Sarah Zehnder (szehnder@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3490, Blake Hall)

How to apply:

  • Meet with Prof. Sarah Zehnder (see above), then submit standard change of major application form to Prof. Martin Shell (mshell@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3443, Visual Arts Center, Blake Hall 2nd floor) as early as midterm of your first semester

Digital, Web, and Multimedia Design

Highlights:

Description: You’ll develop technical and creative skills that prepare you to be a well-rounded and experienced digital designer.
 
Curriculum:  A blend of introductory art and design courses, followed by advanced courses in game design, illustration, graphics and web leading to an internship in your chosen field of web, graphic design, animation or social media. Allows for a minor in business, computer science or other fields.
 
Fieldwork experience:  You are required to complete a 6-credit supervised fieldwork in your fourth year.
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities:Computer or video game designer, Computer animation, Graphic designer/web designer, Multimedia business and communication specialist, Scientific and medical simulation developer, Social media marketing, Website developer
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Design, Education, Fine arts, Marketing
 

Contact:

Prof. Ruth West for more information (rwest@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3679, Visual Arts Center, Blake Hall 2nd floor)

How to apply:

  • Meet with Prof. West then submit standard change of major application to Prof. Martin Shell (mshell@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3443, Visual Arts Center, Blake Hall 2nd floor) as early as midterm of your first semester

Education (Early Childhood or Elementary and/or Special)

Highlights:

Description:  An interdisciplinary 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 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 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 fourth year. 
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Early childhood educator (grades PreK-2); elementary school teacher, grades 1-6 public or private schools; special education teacher, grades PreK-8 in public or private schools
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Education
 

Contact:

Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Locklin 3rd 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. 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, Locklin 3rd floor) 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, Locklin 3rd floor) 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 English and Education departments
  • 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:  Independent studies, research projects, or fieldwork can be added to your curriculum.  You can also contribute to one of our campus publications, such as  Alden Street Review, our literary journal; The 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. Paul Thifault for more information (ethifault@springfield.edu or 413-748-3260, Weiser 210)

How to apply:

  • Submit standard change of major application to Dr. Thifault 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 5-8 and/or 8-12 teaching license. 
 
Curriculum:  A prescribed curriculum that includes a variety of English courses in grammar, 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 critical
 
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: High or middle school teacher public or private schools, textbook, news, or communications editor 
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Education, English
 

Contact:

Dr. Paul Thifault (ethifault@springfield.edu or 413-748-3620, Weiser 210) or Dr. Stephanie Logan (slogan2@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3356, Locklin 3rd 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. 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, Locklin 3rd floor) 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, Locklin 3rd floor) 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 English and Education departments
  • Submit standard change of major form to Dr. Eaton 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.  
 
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 221)

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 - Applied Exercise Science

Highlights:

Description:  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. Entry for internal transfers is competitive – strong grades in science and math courses are essential
 
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 or commercial/corporate fitness/wellness, 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 and current transcript to Dr. O'Neill as early as April 1 of your first year. (After final grades are posted, an updated copy should also be sent to Dr. O'Neill.)
    • 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?

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's 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:  Includes prerequisite courses required for the Master's in Athletic Training program, such as Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, and Physics as well as health sciences courses and clinical courses.

Fieldwork Experience: There are three clinical learning courses included in the pre-professional phase of the curriculum. An additional, 51 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®) National Athletic Training Certification Examination.  After successful completion of the exam, the graduate will be a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Most states also require licensure in order to practice.

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)
  • Documented shadowing experience with an athletic trainer is required (minimum 20 hours, encouraged to observe in more than one setting)
  • 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, and management courses. You’ll also have the flexibility to choose electives that enhance your skills and pursue a minor such as economics.
 
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:

Prof. Michael Musante (Mmusante@springfield.edu or 413-748-3203, Locklin 201)

How to apply:

  • 3.00 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Submit standard change of major application form to Dr. Suazo 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

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, and marketing—help build a solid foundation of business management knowledge, while additional introductory and advanced courses are specific to the health field. 
 
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:

Prof. Michael Musante (Mmusante@springfield.edu or 413-748-3203, Locklin 201)

How to apply:

  • 2.50 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Submit standard change of major application form to Dr. Suazo as early as midterm of your first semester

Health Promotion for Schools and Communities

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:  Providing you meet GPA and other standards, you can apply in your junior year to a five-year Master of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.  
 
Fieldwork experience:  A 12-credit fieldwork in health studies 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. Leslie Beale (lbeale@springfield.edu or 413-748-3346, Wellness Center, office 116)

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. For licensure to teach health/family and consumer sciences in public schools.  Leads to the opportunity to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
 
Curriculum:  A prescribed curriculum that combines courses focused on planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs with courses in teaching methods 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 critical
 
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) or Dr. Ted France (tfrance@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3774, Wellness Center, office 111)

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 or Dr. France 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 or Dr. France 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 or Dr. France

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:  Science courses, such as Anatomy and Physiology; human service courses such as Psychology of Disability and Illness; and health care courses, such as Introduction to Public Health, provide students with an overview of the health care field. Allows students the opportunity to explore ddditional science prerequisites needed for many of the options listed above.
 
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:

Dr. Sofija Zagarins (szagarins@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. Deborah Cook 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 – Occupational Therapy, then complete a Master of Science 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 Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.
 
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 – Occupational Therapy, then with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy!  After completing your Master’s, you will be eligible to take your occupational therapy registration exam.

 

Contact:

Dr. Joan Simmons (jsimmons@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3692, Allied Health 169)

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. 
 
Fieldwork Experience: Clinical service learning opportunities are embedded in the 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 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 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.  
 
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 eligible to take the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) National Certification Examination (PANCE) and apply for state licensure.

 

Contact:

Prof. Carine Seeve (cseeve@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3541, Blake Hall 141)

How to apply:

  • If there are openings, entry will be extremely competitive entry—3.00 minimum to apply, strong science grades, shadowing experience patient contact hours, an essay, and several letters of recommendation from a science professor and a health care professional.
  • Program usually fills—often no openings for internal transfers
  • If openings are available in the Sophomore class, requirements include a full year of Bioscience (BIOL 121-124) and General Chemistry (CHEM 121-124)—both very difficult courses: Physician assistant 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 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).
  • If not admitted as an undergraduate, students can still take the prerequisites and apply for graduate programs, either here or elsewhere
  • Internal transfers must apply by June 1 for acceptance for the next fall – call Lucy Saloio at 413-748-3554 for application packet

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, Political Science
 
Special programs:  Providing you meet GPA and other standards, you can apply for the 3+3 Law Program, a partnership with Western New England University's School of Law.  You will complete your undergraduate requirements in three years, and, if accepted by WNE, complete three years of law study there.  
 
Fieldwork experience:  Independent studies, research projects, or fieldwork can be added to your curriculum.  
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Event planner, Historian, Marketer, advertiser, and public relations, Museum archivist or curator, Public administrator - local, state, or national level, Research analyst
 
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. Francesca Spina (fspina@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3646, Blake Hall 307) 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 and/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 critical
 
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: 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 or education policy, History

 

Contact:

Dr. Fernando González de León (fgonzale@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3261, Blake Hall 304) or Dr. Dan Zukergood (dzukergood@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3354, Locklin 306B)

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, Locklin 3rd floor) 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, Locklin 3rd floor) 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. 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
  • Students complete their undergraduate requirements in three years, and, if accepted by WNEU, complete three years of law study there
  • Works best with a social science department major (American Studies, Criminal Justice, History, Sociology, Youth Development)

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, and accounting, with upper-level courses focused on best practice marketing concepts and strategies and communication skills.  A minor in psychology, web design, creative writing, or professional writing can enhance your skills. 
 
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:

Prof. Michael Musante (Mmusante@springfield.edu or 413-748-3203, Locklin 201)

How to apply:

  • 2.50 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Submit standard change of major application form to Dr. Suazo 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. Learn more about the endless possibilities with math, physics and computer science.  Follow the department on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/scmpcs/ 
 
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
 
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. Learn more about the endless possibilities with math, physics and computer science.  Follow the department on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/scmpcs/ 
 
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.
 
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:

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 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: Middle school science teacher, public or private schools, High school science teacher, public or private schools, Actuary, Data analyst, Research analyst 
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Education, Mathematics
 

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, Locklin 3rd floor) 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, Locklin 3rd floor) 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 a strong education and experiences to lead in the fields of youth development, coaching, adventure education and wellness. You’ll learn how to teach and lead activities in a variety of setting 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 or Adventure Education.
 
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 
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Movement and sports studies, Athletic administration, Sport management, Health promotion
 

Contact:

Dr. Michelle Moosbrugger (mmoosbrugger@springfield.edu or 413-748-3486, Wellness Center, office 126) or Dr. Ted France (tfrance@springfield.edu or 413-748-3774, Wellness Center, office 111)

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 or Dr. France as early as the end of your first year

Physical Education

Highlights:

Description:  You’ll 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 critical
 
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, Movement and sports studies, Athletic administration, Sport management, Adapted physical education, Health promotion
 

Contact:

Dr. Michelle Moosbrugger (mmoosbrugger@springfield.edu or 413-748-3486, Wellness Center, office 126) or Dr. Ted France (tfrance@springfield.edu or 413-748-3774, Wellness Center, office 111)

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 or Dr. France 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 or Dr. France 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 or Dr. France 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 a teaching license for physical education and health education in public schools in grades PreK-12.
 
Curriculum:  A prescribed curriculum of science-based, such as anatomy and physiology, physics, and physiology of exercise, and physical education courses in teaching methods, motor development, and educating diverse learners.
 
Fieldwork experience:  Fieldwork experience is built into the education curriculum, beginning as early as the first year.  It culminates with 16 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, Movement and sports studies, Athletic administration, Sport management, Adapted physical education, Health promotion
 

Contact:

Dr. Michelle Moosbrugger (mmoosbrugger@springfield.edu or 413-748-3486, Wellness Center, office 126) or Dr. Ted France (tfrance@springfield.edu or 413-748-3774, Wellness Center, office 111)

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 or Dr. France 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). 
 
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:

Dr. Elizabeth Morgan (emorgan2@springfield.edu or 413-748-3301, Locklin 312)

How to apply:

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

Recreation Management

Highlights:

Description:  An excellent choice for students who are passionate about recreation and would like to impact others through recreation.  Leadership, management, and program skills are emphasized through service and experiential learning modules to maximize your experience prior to graduation.   
 
Curriculum:  Coursework provides you with the programmatic, managerial, and leadership skills to work in a recreation department or facility. A variety of courses focusing on recreation industries, ethics, legal issues, and facility operations will prepare you for your future as a recreation professional.  Upon completion, you are eligible to sit for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification.
 
Fieldwork experience:  A 12-credit internship experience is required in your fourth year.
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Park and recreation department managers, Camp instructor, Camp counselor, Recreation supervisor, Activities coordinator, Wellness coordinator, Tour guide manager 
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Athletic administration, Sport management, Recreation 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 service major with a focus on working with people with disabilities, including physical, intellectual, and emotional. This is a wonderful program for students who want to work with people in counseling, human services or related fields
 
Curriculum: Specialty courses in areas like: psychology of disability, children with disabilities, substance use disorders, autism and developmental disabilities, aging, disability rights and advocacy, interviewing and counseling and case management. A flexible curriculum that allows for a significant number of electives, with room for one or more minors 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 a five-year Master of Rehabilitation Counseling and Services program.
 
Fieldwork experience:  A 3-credit practicum is required during your second or third year, and a 6-credit internship is required during your fourth year.
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Rehabilitation specialist, Vocational rehabilitation case worker, Developmental specialist - early intervention, Patient advocate, Employment coach, Learning specialist 
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Rehabilitation counseling, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapist, Occupational therapy, Orthotics programs
 

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’ll 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 head start on an MSW degree OR You can apply for the 3+3 Law Program, a partnership with Western New England University's School of Law.  
 
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.
 
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

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
 
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. Kevin McAllister (kmcallis@springfieldcollege.edu or 413-748-3476, Wellness/Field House 213G)

How to apply:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Interview with Dr. McAllister to assess student’s potential
  • Submit letter of intent, resume, and PrideNET academic transcript to Dr. McAllister
    • 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.
 
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

Therapeutic Recreation

Highlights:

Description:  An excellent choice for students who are passionate about recreation and helping others.  Leadership, management, and programming are emphasized through service and experiential learning modules to maximize your experience prior to graduation. 

Curriculum:  Coursework not only provides you with the leadership skills necessary to work as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)*, but also fulfills the educational requirements for certification by the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). Courses focus on teaching students how recreation, as form of treatment, can empower clients and promote a quality leisure lifestyle.  
 
Fieldwork experience:  A 12-credit internship (560 hours over a consecutive 14-week period) is required in your fourth year for the Therapeutic Recreation concentration
 
AFTER GRADUATION:
 
Examples of entry-level job opportunities: Therapeutic recreation specialist - hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation facilities, Park and recreation department manager, Military recreation facilities supervisor, Camps leaders, Therapeutic program coordinator - nursing homes, assisted living, adult day health facilities
 
Related graduate school opportunities: Rehabilitation and disability studies, Recreation management, Recreational therapy 
*For more information about becoming a CTRS, please visit www.nctrc.org
 

Contact:

Pro. Rachel Keyworth (rkeyworth@springfield.edu or 413-748-3269)

How to apply:

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Interview with Professor Keyworth to assess student's potential
  • Submit a standard change of major form, resume and PrideNET Academic transcript to Pro. Keyworth as early as the beginning of your second semester