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2004-2005 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
2004-2005 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 the following courses designed to help them prepare for their eventual majors:

  • First-Year Success is a two semester hour course designed to help students make a successful transition to the College environment. Study skills, time management, getting to know the campus, and developing the academic advisor/advisee relationship are emphasized.
  • Career and Life Planning is a highly interactive, one semester hour psychology course that assists students in exploring career options and how those options relate to student’s 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

To integrate the humanics philosophy into their lives, Springfield College students engage in the search for knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of values through a variety of courses in the sciences and humanities. In addition to those General Education courses, students must complete 6 s.h. of Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) courses. For more information see the General Education Program and WAC courses. In the major requirements listed below, selected courses which fulfill General Education categories are marked with an asterisk; selected WAC courses are marked with a “W”.

II. Undeclared Major Requirements (3 s.h.)

III. New Major (to be selected)

IV. Typical Course Schedule, First Semester

* fulfills or partially fulfills a General Education category.

Additional Courses

* fulfills or partially fulfills a General Education category.

A General Eduation course, such as:

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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