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2021-2022 Springfield College Catalog 
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General Studies

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Program Information

Students in the general studies create a self-designed major, using a framework based on Springfield College’s general education model and the student’s specific disciplinary interests. In consultation with a general studies advisor, students develop a unique program plan based on their interests. Components of the major include the general studies core and a disciplinary or multi-disciplinary specialization, providing students an opportunity for both breadth and depth of study. It is an excellent opportunity for students to design an interdisciplinary major, explore their own unique interests, and/or prepare for graduate school or a variety of careers.

Degree Information

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in General Studies

(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.

Contact Information

For more information about the general studies major, contact the  Academic Advising Center at or (413) 748-3349.

Curricular Requirements

I. Core Curriculum (40 credits)

This Core Curriculum is faithful to the Springfield College mission and further strengthens the Humanics philosophy of educating students in spirit, mind, and body. It is a cornerstone of a Springfield College education. Regardless of one’s major, it provides a strong, developmental, and holistic foundation for leaders in service to humanity. Upon completion, all graduates will be prepared to learn, lead, and serve in diverse, multicultural, and global contexts as well as in any career path they may choose. They will have the knowledge, habits of the mind, skills, and abilities to face unexpected situations and challenges, the values and attitudes for self-motivation and a vision of service that stems from hope, optimism and making a difference, as well as the self-determination to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

View the Core Curriculum Requirements (40 credits)  section for a complete list of the domains and courses therein.

II. Major Requirements

A. Core Requirements

In addition to their General Education courses, students are required to complete the General Studies Core—a total of 24 credits of coursework designed to provide breadth of study. Courses must be selected from at least four of the categories below—with a minimum of three credits and a maximum of nine credits selected from any one category.  The categories (based on the General Education Domains of Knowledge and Understanding) and the areas of study that generally fall within them are:

  1. Arts and Humanities: art, communication, dance, drama, English, journalism, music, religion, and philosophy
  2. Analytical and Natural Sciences: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physical science, and physics
  3. Social Sciences: business, criminology, economics, education, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and youth development
  4. International/Multicultural Studies: languages, cultural studies, and certain geography, history, religion, and philosophy courses.
  5. Social Justice: courses identified on the Social Justice General Education menu
  6. Physical Education and Health Studies: art therapy, exercise science, health, movement science, movement and sports studies, occupational therapy, physical education, physical therapy, physician assistant, rehabilitation, and sport and recreation management (PEAC, PEPC, and PEAI courses cannot be used in this category.)

B. Specialization Requirements

In addition to the General Education Program and the General Studies Core, students are required to complete a General Studies Specialization—24 credits of coursework in a disciplinary or multi-disciplinary area, designed to provide depth of study. The student will work with his or her advisor to plan and gain approval of the concentration. Depending on the coursework taken, students may also satisfy the requirements for one or more official minors.

C. Upper level coursework

Students in the general studies major must have at least 30 credits of coursework at the 200-level or above, inclusive of courses in General Education, the General Studies Core, the General Studies Concentration, and/or electives.

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

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