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

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Program Information

Springfield College remains in the forefront of psychology education by providing the community with broadly trained, practically experienced professionals who are prepared to enter the workplace. As undergraduates, psychology students explore topics such as research methods, human development, motivation and learning, abnormal psychology, social psychology, and counseling. The goals of Springfield College’s undergraduate psychology program are to introduce students to the primary areas of importance in psychology and to prepare them for ever-growing career opportunities.

Career opportunities for psychology majors can be as varied as health and wellness programs, employee relations, therapeutic childcare assistance, or mental health services in hospitals, residential treatment centers, nursing homes, and mental health agencies. Psychology majors may also opt to seek licensure as an early childhood teacher for students with and without disabilities (PreK-2).

Five-year Dual Bachelor of Science/Master of Social Work Program (BS/MSW):  Qualified Springfield College students majoring in psychology may be eligible for the five-year accelerated BS/MSW dual degree program. These students, in consultation with their academic advisor, structure their coursework early in their undergraduate career so that a required 18 semester hours of social work foundational coursework may be taken in the senior year.

For more information on the Psychology major and Psychology programs, click here.

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 Psychology

(120 credit hours) Requirements subject to change.

Contact Information

For additional information about the undergraduate psychology major, contact Dr. Matthew Brubaker, undergraduate psychology program director, at (413) 748-3472, or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.

For more information about the early childhood special education teacher licensure program, contact Dr. Linda Davis-Delano, director of teacher preparation programs, at (413) 748-3155.

Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, chairperson of the Psychology department for additional information on the BS/MSW program.


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 (33 credits)

Biological Basis of Behavior

Select one of the following:

Developmental Processes

Select one of the following (3 credits):

Individual Differences

Select one of the following:

Social and Cultural Contexts

Select one of the following:

Psychology in the Larger World

Select 6 credits from the following:

III. Electives

To complete a minimum of 120 credits

IV. Program Standards

A grade of C- or better in all PSYC courses (Grades of D+ or lower in these courses are unacceptable and courses will need to be retaken to meet program requirements).

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