(130 semester hours undergraduate program) Requirements are subject to change.
The mission of the Rehabilitation and Disability Studies Department at Springfield
College is to educate students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership and service
to persons with chronic illnesses and disabilities. The faculty and staff of the
program embrace the philosophy that every individual, regardless of disability
status, has the right to live the most complete, independent, and productive life
that they choose. The communications disorders major dovetails very well with
the mission of Springfield College. Communications disorders is a field that
prepares its graduates to provide service to others. It is a scientific, research-based
field that also stresses counseling skills as well as caring, empathy and compassion
for clients and their families. Coursework in communication disorders stresses
both theory and the application of that theory in practical, hands-on situations.
The Springfield College student who embodies and lives the Humanics philosophy
would be well suited to a career in this field.
In order to obtain ASHA certification, students must ‘demonstrate knowledge of
biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and the social/behavioral sciences’
as well as ‘demonstrate skill in oral and written communication tasks’. In order
to fulfill these objectives, students in communications disorders will be required
to take courses from a number of different departments, including Mathematics,
Biology, Psychology, Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, and English. Those
integrates in working in a school setting will be encouraged to take elective
Because of the collaborative nature of this field there will also be increased
opportunities for interdisciplinary activities and class offerings with different
departments such as Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Occupational Therapy,
Physical Therapy, Psychology and Education.
For more information about this major, contact Professor Thomas J. Ruscio, chairperson
of the Rehabilitation and Disability Studies Department at (413) 748-3318 or the
Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.