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2021-2022 Springfield College Catalog 
2021-2022 Springfield College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Movement and Sports Studies

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Program Information

Springfield College has long been recognized as an undisputed leader in the fields of physical education, movement studies, and sport. Excellent faculty, modern equipment and facilities, and majors that equally emphasize theoretical and practical achievement are the hallmarks of the College’s movement and sports studies programs.

The movement and sports studies major provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the scientific and social foundations of movement and its cultural forms of dance, sport, games, and exercise. Science is at the foundation of the major, with students taking courses in anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics of movement.  The major offers students the opportunity to prepare for entry-level positions in coaching; and for graduate study in movement and sports studies, sport management, allied health fields, rehabilitation, and teacher preparation.

Students seeking licensure as a teacher of physical education complete the movement and sports studies major, related physical education courses, and an extensive practicum component. Students may also complete the movement and sports studies major without seeking licensure as a teacher. Those students have the opportunity to complete a minor to complement their movement studies coursework.

To view a major program sequence to assist with course planning, click here.

Degree Information

Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Movement and Sports Studies

(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.

Contact Information

For more information about these programs, contact Dr. Michelle Moosbrugger, chairperson of the Physical Education and Health Education Department, at (413) 748-3029, or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.

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 (46 credits)

B. Additional Skill Requirements (1 credit)

1 credit of PEAC / PEPC / PEAI courses

C. Fieldwork / Practicum Requirement (12 credits)

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

Although no minor is required, students are encouraged to add a minor, such as Athletic Coaching, Business Management or YMCA Professional Studies

Program Standards for Movement and Sports Studies Majors

MOST majors must meet the following standards by the end of their sophomore year to continue in the major:

  1. Meet or exceed a 2.50 professional cumulative index, consisting of any courses taken with the following prefixes: AEXS, EDUC, HLTH, MOSK, MOST, PHED, PEAC, and PEPC (cumulative indexes will be from the last semester completed).
  2. Earn a minimum 2.500 cumulative grade point average.

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