Oct 17, 2021
(130 semester hours) Requirements are subject to change.
The general studies major allows students to complete a selfdesigned major, using
a framework based on Springfield College’s humanics philosophy. While that philosophy
encompasses far more than can be summed up in any set of academic courses, a five-fold
division–the humanics study core–has been established to allow students to explore
a breadth of coursework and experience. In addition to that humanics studies core,
general studies majors also complete a minor or a self-designed concentration
(18 s.h.), to provide them depth of study in one discipline. The three parts of
the general studies major–the General Education Program, the humanics studies
core, and the minor or concentration allow students an excellent opportunity to
design an interdisciplinary major, explore their own unique interests, and/or
prepare for graduate school or a variety of careers.
For more information about the general studies major, contact Professor Judy
Hartling at (413) 748-3379 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
I. General Education Program (up to 47 s.h.)
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. Humanic Studies Core(approximately 45 s.h.)
In addition to the General Education courses, students are required to take three
courses in each of the five areas of humanics studies as described in the General
Education Program. Those five areas and the departments which generally fall within
A. Humanics and the Scientific Endeavor
Computer and Information Sciences
B. Humanics, Health, and Movement
Applied Exercise Science
Emergency Medical Services Management
Movement and Sport Studies (excluding MOSK courses)
Physical Education (excluding PEAC, PEPC, or PEAI courses)
Recreation and Tourism
Rehabilitation and Disability Studies
C. Humanics and Expressive and Communicative Life
D. Humanics, Culture, and Society
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E. Humanics and the Search for Meaning
III. Concentration or Minor (minimum of 18 s.h.)
In addition to the General Education courses and the humanics studies core, students
are required to complete an official minor or design a concentration comprised
of 18 s.h. in one undergraduate department or program. Concentrations must be
approved in advance by the coordinator of the general studies major.
To complete 130 s.h.
V. Additional Requirements
30 s.h. in the student’s program must be comprised of upper-level coursework.
To ascertain whether a course qualifies as upper-level, the student must consult
with the coordinator ofthe general studies major. Pursuant to College requirements,
the student must have a 2.000 GPA to graduate.