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2006-2007 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
2006-2007 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Requirements are subject to change.

Although some students clearly define their academic and career direction early in their college experience, others may be less certain about their career goals and, therefore, not ready to declare a major. In keeping with its commitment to the philosophy of humanics, Springfield College offers an innovative solution for new students who are undecided.

The undeclared major gives a student time to adjust to the College’s academic environment and to explore its many majors with the close assistance of a special academic advisor. When ready, students elect a more specific major; most decide on a major by the end of the first year of study.

Students in the undeclared major focus primarily on courses which will fulfill General Education categories. Undeclared majors are also required to take First-Year Seminar, a three-credit hour course designed to help students make a successful transition to the College environment. Study skills, time management, getting to know the campus, leadership skills, and developing the academic advisor/advisee relationship are emphasized. This course also assists students in exploring major and career options and how those options relate to students’ interests, values, and skills.

Students in the undeclared major also have the opportunity to take courses in a variety of disciplines, for example, Introduction to Business or Principles of Rehabilitation. Taking an exploratory course in another major can help a student discover new options or narrow down his or her choices.

For more information about the undeclared major, contact Professor Judy Hartling at (413) 748-3379 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.

Download an Undeclared Program Checksheet

I. General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)

The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being.  For specific requirements, see the General Education Program section or the Program Checksheet for this major.

II. Major Requirements

III. Typical Course Schedule, First Semester

A note about applying to the undeclared major:

Before selecting the undeclared major, students should first determine if they are interested in majors at the College that have limited enrollment and special admissions deadlines. Academic programs at the College that can be difficult to enter after the initial admissions period include athletic training, physical therapy, physician assistant, and sport management. These programs have limited space and special academic standards. If such a major is a definite goal, it is to the student’s advantage to apply to it during the initial application period. If the student is not accepted to that major, he or she can begin in the undeclared major and reapply to that major after completion of the first or second semester.

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