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2016-2017 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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American Studies

Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in American Studies

(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.

There are two primary goals of the American Studies major. The first goal is to help students acquire an understanding of American thought, institutions, and culture, utilizing a historical and cultural approach. A knowledge of history, society, politics, and culture will enable students to better comprehend the world they live in, the problems of their society, and their own lives. This core of historical and cultural understanding will help students to function as educated and informed citizens in a democratic society. In addition, students will learn about the diversity and “meaning” of the American experience. A knowledge of the ethnic and cultural diversity which has created the present will help students to communicate and cooperate in a multicultural society.

The second goal of this major is to assist the student in developing his or her critical thinking skills: analysis, problem-solving, research, writing, and evaluation. The major not only emphasizes content and information, but is designed to foster the transferable skills and attitudes which will increase the ability of American studies majors to find employment, no matter what their occupational goals. The ability to make decisions, to solve problems, and to hold informed opinions are characteristics desired by employers everywhere. American studies majors may also opt to seek licensure as an elementary teacher.

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For more information about the American Studies major, contact Professor Thomas Carty of the Social Sciences Department, at (413) 748-3254 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.

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Download an American Studies Program Sequencing Guide



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 (40 - 46 credits)  section or the Sequencing Guide for this major.

II. Major Requirements

In addition, select one of the English Literature of Diversity Selectives below:

B. Concentration Requirements

Select one of the following concentrations:

1. U.S. History and the Political Process

Select five of the following courses (15 credits); at least three courses must be at the 300 or 400 level (if not already used as a core requirement):

3. American Literature

Select five of the following courses (15 credits); at least three courses must be at the 300 or 400 level (if not already used as a core requirement):

III. Electives (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)