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

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Youth Development

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Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Youth Development

(120 semetser hours) Requirements are subject to change.

Youth are confronted by a myriad of choices, opportunities, and challenges that affect their self-esteem and self-confidence, as well as their ability to work, play, and achieve their potential. The ability to effectively assist youth from a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and abilities is dependent on knowledge of the sociocultural and psychological development of youth, as well as the communities and society in which they live.

The youth development major is anchored in the College’s unique humanics philosophy which focuses on developing the whole student in spirit, mind, and body. Students majoring in youth development follow an interdisciplinary program that prepares them to serve youth in a variety of community and institutional settings. The curriculum is centered around four disciplines: applied sociology, health, psychology, and recreation. The courses taken by students pursuing this major highlight the importance of generalist skills, while community service and internship placements allow students to apply those skills in a “real world” setting.

B.S. / M.S.W. Program - Students majoring in Youth Development may have the option of pursuing a Masters in Social Work degree through an accelerated program offered by the Springfield College School of Social Work.

For more information about the Youth Development major, contact Professor Susan Joel of the Social Science Department at (413) 748-3349 or the Admissions Office at (413) 748-1257.

Download a Youth Development 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. Electives (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)

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