May 24, 2022
RATIONALEThe emphasis at Springfield College is on our Humanics Philosophy, the education
of the whole person—the spirit-mind-body—with motivation of service to humanity
that is international, intercultural, interracial and interreligious. The Springfield
College students must be educated for a dynamic world that requires an advanced
level of interpersonal and communication skills. Students must be educated to
enjoy a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Furthermore, they must be able
to apply the Humanics Philosophy during their time in college and throughout their
lives as vital participants in family and community.
The General Education Program provides every Springfield College student with
the opportunity to develop as a literate, thinking, socially responsible person.
To this end, Springfield College establishes a climate which fosters a spirit
of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. The general education
of the Springfield student emphasizes and encourages: a search for personal and
spiritual values; the acquisition of knowledge, understanding and competency essential
for the improvement of humankind and society; and the development of an appreciation
for and an understanding of human movement as it relates to health expression
and physical well being.
Selected courses which fulfill General Education categories are marked with an
asterisk both here and within the major and minor program course requirements.
Those courses that fulfill the Writing Across the Curriculum requirment are marked
with a ‘W’.
Humanics and the General Education ProgramTo integrate Humanics into their lives, Springfield College students engage in
the search for knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of values through the
study of the following sciences and humanities:
I. Humanics and the General Education Program 10 s.h.
The educated person will know, understand and nurture the scientific and logical
dimensions of people and the environment in which they live.
One course from each subgroup:
A. Natural Science 4 s.h.
The General Education category in Science is fulfilled by curricular study that
provides students with general theory in the natural sciences and exposes them
to critical thinking and analysis via the scientific method applied in both theory
B. Mathematics 3 s.h.
The General Education category in Mathematics is fulfilled by curricular study
that provides students with the minimum level of proficiency in college algebra.
C. Computer Science 3 s.h.
The General Education category in Computer Science is fulfilled by curricular
study that provides students with a minimum level of proficiency in the hardware
components of a computer system and their use through the utilization of applications
of software and elementary programming and computer ethics.
II. Humanics Health and Movement 7 s.h.
The educated person will know, understand, and nurture the role of Health and
Physical Activity in human life.
A. Health 3 s.h.
The General Education category in Health is fulfilled by curricular study that
provides students with a basic knowledge of current personal health theory and
wellness lifestyle, and assists them in daily decision-making and self-responsibility.
(Note: Students in the Physician Assistant major are waived from this requirement.)
B. Physical Education 4 s.h.
The General Education category in Physical Education is fulfilled by curricular
study that provides students with the opportunity to acquire increased skilled
movement, develop an increased level of physical fitness, engage in an activity
for recreational or competitive purposes, and incorporate physical activity as
part of lifestyle.
III. Humanics and Expressive and Communicative Life 15 s.h.
The educated person will know, understand and nurture people and their cultures
through languages, literature and other symbolic forms of expression.
A. English 6 s.h.
The General Education category in Written English is fulfilled by curricular
study that trains students in academic discourse including formal research papers,
formal oral presentation and text based analysis.
B. Literature 3 s.h.
The General Education category in Literature is fulfilled by curricular study
focusing on the reading, critical analysis and discussion of literary texts.
C. Second Language/Culture 3 s.h.
The General Education category in Second Language/Culture is fulfilled by curricular
study if a significant portion of its course content is the teaching of language
elements of culture.
D. Visual and Performing Arts must total 3 s.h.
The General Education category in Visual and Performing Arts is fulfilled by
curricular study that gives students an understanding of the creative process
and exposes them to aesthetic experiences. This can be accomplished through guided
exposure to and/or creation of works of art.
IV. Humanics, Culture, and Society 9 s.h.
The educated person will know, understand and nurture the relationship of the
self to community and diverse individuals and cultures.
One course from each subgroup:
A. History 3 s.h.
The General Education category in History is fulfilled by curricular study that
uses a survey of world history to enhance the students’ understanding of the present
and increases their awareness and appreciation of the past in the context of their
B. Social Science 3 s.h.
The General Education category in Social Science is fulfilled by curricular study
that provides students with an introduction to the study of community, cultures,
social institutions or government through the disciplines of social science.
C. Social Justice Issues
The General Education category in Social Justice Issues is fulfilled by curricular
study that examines issues defined within the context of United States culture
such as sexism, racism, age discrimination, religious bigotry, homophobia or ablebodiedism.
V. Humanics and the Search for Meaning 6 s.h.
The educated person will know, understand, and nurture a personal, spiritual
and ethical value system about the ultimate questions of life and living.
One course from each subgroup:
A. Philosophy 3 s.h.
The General Education category in Philosophy is fulfilled by curricular study
that involves the students in concept clarification through illuminating the possibilities
in their search for meaning in life and the systematic examination of beliefs
and value which influence both thought and action.
** Any course with a PHIL prefix satisfies this requirement.
B. Religion 3 s.h.
The General Education category in Religion is fulfilled by curricular study that
provides students with an introduction to a spiritual value system or systems
through the study of foundational texts, historical developments, theological
concepts or representative personalities.
** Any course with a RELI prefix satisfies this requirement.
Notes Regarding General Education Courses:
- A course can only be used to satisfy one of the General Education requirements
even if the course is listed in more than one General Education category.
- Courses designated 999 on a student’s transcript are transfer courses that fulfill
the General Education Program requirement.
- If students plan to take a course at another institution, the Springfield College
Transfer Credit Guidelines form (available at the Office of the Registrar) must
be approved and returned to the Registrar before the course is taken.
- The General Education Program Waiver Application and Substitution Application
are available at the Office of the Registrar.
- The College reserves the right to add, cancel or change the General Education