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2019-2020 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Springfield College Undergraduate 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 child psychology, motivation and learning, abnormal psychology, social psychology, and interviewing 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, stress management 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).

For more information on the Psychology major and Psychology and Counseling programs, 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. Elizabeth Morgan, chairperson of the psychology department, at (413) 748-3201, 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.

Curricular Requirements

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.

II. Major Requirements (33 credits)

Scientific 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:

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).