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2004-2005 Human Services Undergraduate Catalog 
2004-2005 Human Services Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Major Course Requirements

In the undergraduate program, students complete a basic sequence of three required core courses that provide participants with a common frame of reference and opportunities to critically analyze and creatively construct ideas about the nature and function of society including aspects of history, education, politics, economics, philosophy, justice, community and leadership for social change. Students must also successfully complete a required yearlong community research project that allows them to work together in study groups for the purpose of designing, implementing and evaluating a community change project. Through a culminating senior seminar requirement, students are expected to demonstrate that they can integrate and apply the theories, skills and concepts learned in the classroom to their practice in work, family and community settings.

Course Prerequisites Policy

Students must successfully complete courses within a sequence and/or specified prerequisite courses to enroll in the next level of courses. Incomplete or “F” or “*” grades denote that a course has not been successfully completed.

General Education Requirements (50 s.h.)

Springfield College emphasizes a Humanics philosophy that involves education of the whole person – the spirit, mind and body – for leadership in service to humanity. Students are expected to be leaders in a dynamic world that requires an advanced level of interpersonal and communications skills. This expectation includes an ability to appreciate the diversity of cultures, races and religions and to practice a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Students can choose from a variety of elective courses to meet General Education Requirements and to advance their own interests and knowledge in a particular aspect of human services. The General Education Requirements that are met through elective course offerings can also be met through transfer credits or the prior learning process. Existing SHS elective courses that meet the General Education Requirements are as follows:

I. Humanics and Scientific Endeavor (9-10 credits)

The educated person will know, understand and nurture the scientific and logical dimensions of people and the environment in which they live.

a. A laboratory course from biology, chemistry, physics, physical science 3 credits

b. Computer Science 3 credits

c. Mathematics 3 credits

II. Humanics, Health and Movement (7 credits)

The educated person will know, understand and nurture the role of health and physical activity in human life.

III. Humanics, Expressive and Communicative Life (15 credits)

The educated person will know, understand and nurture people and their cultures through languages, literature and other symbolic forms of expression.

IV. Humanics, Culture and Society (9 credits)

The educated person will know, understand and nurture the relationship of oneself to the community and to diverse individuals and cultures.

V. Humanics and the Search for Meaning (6 credits: a & b are integrated)

The educated person will know, understand, and nurture a personal, spiritual and ethical value system about the ultimate questions of life and living.

Core Curriculum

The School’s CORE curriculum provides a common frame of reference, information, experience and analysis. It is the heart of a learner’s program of study. The diversity of courses reflects a respect for learning that both fosters the integration of theory and practice and promotes the responsibilities of global citizenship. The courses that make up the CORE curriculum are listed and described below:


Several concentrations are available to students in the School of  Human Services. In some cases, courses required for a concentration may extend the time required to complete the course of study. Students must consult with the campus where they are enrolled to determine the availability and requirements of particular concentrations.

In the case of specific concentrations in the bachelor’s degree program, students may be required to complete more than 120 semester hours to meet general education, core, and concentration requirements.

Criminal Justice Concentration Curriculum

Concentration Mission: The mission of the Criminal Justice concentration is to empower the criminal justice practitioner to advocate  for meaningful change within the criminal justice system that will embrace a collaborative effort between the community and those charged with the administration of justice within that community.  The concentration will activate and articulate a construct of an emerging notion of social and economic justice.

Credit Policy: Students must take 24 total credits in the concentration.  Pre-Core Courses and Elective Courses will count for 12 credits.  Required Courses must be taken at the School of Human Services to be counted toward the fulfillment of the 24 credits required for the concentration.

Transfer Policy: Students can transfer up to 6 credits toward the concentration by approval of the Registrar’s Office.  Recommendation for 7-12 credits transferred toward the concentration must be recommended by the Criminal Justice Concentration Coordinator and approved by the Registrar’s Office.  Each case will be reviewed on its own merit.

Pre-Core Courses/Prerequisites: 9 credits

Note:  These courses are already required courses within the concentration.  If students do not have these courses upon enrolling, they must take them prior to taking the Core Courses.  If a student needs to take these credits at SHS, the courses will count toward the 12 credits needed for elective credits.

Electives: 3 credits

Courses may be taken from one focus area or a combination of areas based on the student’s educational needs, prior experience and professional goals. 

Community Youth Development and Leadership Concentration Curriculum

Concentration Mission:  The mission of the Community Youth Development and Leadership Concentration is to provide a transformational learning experience within which youth workers explore alternative approaches to youth work and their implications for practice.  Youth workers develop knowledge, attributes, and skills necessary for creating opportunities for young people to develop into healthy, productive, and contributing members of their communities through maximizing their full leadership and civic potential.

Policy Statements:

  • Students wishing to obtain the Community Youth Development and Leadership Concentration must take all four required/core courses of the concentration in residency at the School.  The other twelve credits of electives may be taken in residency, may be transferred in from other higher education institutions, or may be awarded credit through the prior learning process.
  • Students enrolled in the Community Youth Development and Leadership Concentration must fulfill their requirements for Group Project in Community Development and Change (12 credits under the course numbers CYDL 330, 331, and 332) by completing a project that is youth related. 

Electives: 12 credits

Courses may be taken from one focus area or a combination of areas based on the student’s educational needs, prior experience, and professional goals.

General Courses

  • Youth Work Practicum

Education Concentration Curriculum

Vision and Purpose


With budget cuts to education nation-wide, increasing accountability directed to public schools to help students pass standardized tests for graduation, and teachers retiring in record numbers, there is clearly an increasing need for qualified, licensed elementary classroom teachers, especially in urban areas.  Studies show that teachers will be most effective if they come from the communities in which their schools are located and reflect the same demographics as the children in the school.  Adults with varied life experiences who are motivated, well prepared, and committed to quality education make up a huge pool of potential new teachers.  Candidates include paraprofessionals, career changers, parents returning to the workforce after raising children, school volunteers and people who work with children in any setting, not just school classrooms. 


This concentration enables adults to explore the field of education, focus on education as an avenue for change, gain a broad range of subject matter knowledge, and earn a bachelor’s degree while working full time.  The adult-centered program offers opportunities to explore ways to make education the way we want it to be.  The course work will help to prepare students to pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensing (MTEL) in Communication and Literacy and Elementary Subject Matter. 

Goals are to provide:

  • Access to the educational field for non-traditional adult learners,
  • Excellence in preparation to enter a licensing program after graduation,
  • Opportunities to expand and deepen students’ views of the diverse world. 


The education concentration alone does not qualify graduates for licensing. Students who are successful in the program and who pass the communication and literacy MTEL are eligible for post baccalaureate professional preparation programs. (See the memo of understanding)


Graduation Requirements


  • Students must earn 120 credits to graduate.  Of those credits, 48 must be taken at Springfield College (residency requirement).  
  • Students must complete all three levels of required courses: 

            1.  General Education Requirements

            2.  SHS Requirements

            3.  Education Concentration requirements

                 (Minimum 18 credits taken in residence)


  • Group Project must focus on an educational issue. 

General Education Requirements - 28 credits

There are nine General Education requirements.  They can  be met by any General Education course, transferred or in residence.  Some General Education requirements can be met by required Education Concentration courses.

General Education Categories

  • Lab Science (3 credits)
  • Computer Science (3 credits)
  • Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Health (3 credits)
  • Language and Communication (6 credits)
  • Literature (3 credits)
  • Philosophy or Religion (3 credits)
  • Fitness (4 credits)

          Total - 28 credits

Education Concentration Requirements - 36 credits

Education Concentration students must take or transfer all of the following courses.  At least six of these courses (18 credits) must be taken at Springfield COllege, while the rest can be transferred.  Some can be used to meet General Education requirements as noted.

Elective Courses

Electives include both general areas of interest that round out a learner’s academic education and coursework that permits learners to develop focused skills and knowledge that may impact directly on their chosen career paths.

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