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2024-2025 Springfield College Catalog 
2024-2025 Springfield College Catalog

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Psychology, B.S.

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Program Description

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.

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Program Highlights

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Required Credits: 120

School: School of Arts and Sciences

Department: Psychology

Modality: On-Ground

Locations: Main Campus (Springfield)

Additional Information: https://springfield.edu/programs/psychology

Program Standards

You must have a total of 38 credits in Psychology to graduate as a Psychology major.

You must earn at least a C- in any Psychology course to count it towards your major.

Undergraduate Curriculum Overview

The Academic Advising Center provides the following repositories of sequencing and curriculum guides for all undergraduate majors and minors to assist with course planning:  

Additional Notes:

  • There may be circumstances where credit totals do not reflect coursework that is eligible to count towards Core Curriculum and Major Requirement sections of a major simultaneously.
  • Degree requirements are subject to change. 

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 (38 credits)

B. Foundational Psychology (12 credits)

Select 4 courses from the following list:

C. Advanced Psychology (3 credits)

Select 3 credits from the following list:

D. Applied Psychology Selective (3 credits)

Select 3 credits from the following list:

E. Psychology in the Larger World Selectives (4 credits)

Select credits from the following list:

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

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