Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Earn a Bachelor of Science in Human Services in as Little as 16 Months

The Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies offers a Bachelor of Science in Human Services program at its main campus and nine regional campuses. Students have the option to complete their studies with or without a concentration, and with classes held on weekends, this program is convenient for working adults.

Undergraduate classes usually meet two weekends per month with an online component for all courses, which provides an opportunity for ongoing discussions between faculty members and students between class sessions. The schedule allows you to attend college full time, continue working, care for your family and other responsibilities, and earn your degree in as few as 16 months.

Class sizes are the perfect size, so you are able to actively participate in class discussions and the learning process. You will be graded based on group discussions, writing projects, and oral presentations. Typically students finish the program in 16 to 24 months, though it may take longer for some students. Students transferring in undergraduate credits and earning credit for knowledge gained through work and life experiences can often finish in 16 months. A minimum of 48 credits must be earned through courses taken in a School of Professional and Continuing Studies program to earn a degree from Springfield College.

Terms begin in September, January, and May. You can begin your program at the start of any of the three terms.

Human services is a broad field spanning professions in the non-profit and public sectors in such areas as:

  • Alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment
  • Mental health and elder care
  • Social and welfare reform
  • Youth work and early childhood development
  • Law enforcement, corrections, and probation

The School Professional and Continuing Studies offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services that enables the student to:

  • Build leadership skills to serve the community
  • Develop critical thinking and social analysis skills
  • Learn about the history and future of human services, and integrate theory and practice in classroom, workplace, and community


Students may focus on a content area, or complete the program without a concentration.

Springfield College programs are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Program Highlights

  • Attend classes only on weekends, typically two weekends per month.
  • Finish your degree in 16-24 months.
  • Receive undergraduate credit for college-level life, school, and work experiences.
  • Up to 72 transfer credits accepted for classes comparable to those taught at Springfield College in which a grade of C- or better was achieved
  • Earn a degree from a well-respected, fully accredited private college.
  • Enjoy an affordable tuition, with financial aid opportunities.
  • Learn in a small class that values and reflects a diverse world.
  • Take advantage of the adult-centered Academic Success Center.
  • Get valuable, hands-on experience right from the start.

Optional Concentrations

Students in the Bachelor of Science program may choose an optional concentration. Concentrations vary by campus.

Course Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree

Credits Needed

You will need a total of 120 credits for the Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree. Those credits include the following:

48 credits
for residency requirement
Minimum number credits you must earn by taking courses at Springfield College.
72 credits These remaining credits may be earned through
transfer credits, additional courses taken at Springfield College, national standardized testing programs, and the experiential learning process.

Everyone takes the required courses shown in the table below. Your advisor will make sure that your program covers them.

Required Courses

HUSB 301 Core I -- Education, Oppression and
Social Intervention
3 credits
HUSB 302 Core II -- Political Economy and
Human Services
3 credits
HUSB 303 Core III -- Social Movements, Change
and Alternative Visions
3 credits
HUSB 304 A Critical Overview of Human Services 3 credits
CJWB 305 Issues in Research 3 credits
HUSB 330 Group Project in Community Development
and Change I
4 credits
HUSB 331 Group Project in Community Development
and Change II
4 credits
HUSB 332 Group Project in Community Development
and Change III
4 credits
HUSB 416 Senior Seminar 2 credits

Note: If necessary, HUSB307, Human Services Portfolio Development (3 credits) is required.

In addition to the School of Professional and Continuing Studies required courses above, Springfield College requires General Education Requirements. Students may satisfy gen eds via transfer and/or prior learning credits. The gen eds are shown in the table below.

Springfield College's General Education Requirements (gen eds)

Behavioral / Social Sciences 3 credits
College Writing (CW) 6 credits
Computer Applications (CA) 3 credits
Health/Wellness (HW) 3 credits
Historical / Cultural Studies 3 credits
International Studies (INT) 3 credits
Literary Studies (LS) 3 credits
Multicultural Studies (MC) 3 credits
Natural Science (NS) 3 credits
Physical Activity (PA) 3 credits
Quantitative Reasoning (QR) 3 credits
Spiritual/Ethical Dimensions (SE) 3 credits
Visual Arts/Performing Arts (VAPA) 3 credits

Student Projects

Bring learning to life with hands-on community projects, making connections and impacting people before you graduate. Below are a list of past student projects.

  • Developing a Multicultural Training Approach to Reducing Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Bridging the Gap on Hunger
  • Sisters With A Positive Attitude (SWAPA)
  • CORE Youth in Action Leadership Institute
  • Increasing Awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources to Families in Houston
  • Supporting Veterans with Recurring Drug Problems
  • Children Aging Out of Foster Care
  • Domestic Violence
  • Bridging the Gap: Adolescent Minority Girls and Physical and Extra-Curricular Programs in Worcester, Mass
  • Resource Coordination for Distribution of Personal Hygiene Items to Women in Domestic Violence Shelters
  • Single Father’s Program: Providing educational opportunities and social interaction for single fathers
  • Developing a Resident Library, Salvation Army of Wilmington, Del.
  • Youth Education Initiative: Avoiding Risky Behavior Workshop
  • Homeless Veterans Resource
Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies
263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109
(413) 748-3000