Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Health Studies
(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.
Students selecting this major seek licensure as a teacher of health/family and consumer sciences. The mission of Springfield College’s health studies major is to advance the quality of life in our society by providing students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate health programs in schools, community organizations, healthcare organizations, and worksites. The program promotes the growth and development of students in health classes by fostering decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills that lead to personal and social responsibilities.
Positions are available in the professional field for health educators in government and social agencies, public and private schools, and clinical settings such as hospitals and medical facilities (some of these positions may require preparation beyond the bachelor’s degree). Specialists in this field also serve in public health departments; in social service agencies such as the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and the American Lung Association; and in the allied areas of research, medicine, patient education, schools, and health maintenance organizations. With increasing attention and concern focused on the state of health and health practices in all segments of American society, the future employment opportunities for qualified health educators are increasing and expanding.
For more information about the health studies major, both teaching and non-teaching concentrations, contact the Physical Education and Health Education Department at (413) 748-3029 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
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.
Related Skill Requirements
Select 1 credit from the following wellness skills coourses:
III. Elective (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)
Specialization: Health Education Teacher Licensure