Students in the undeclared major have the opportunity to explore various academic and personal interests, as well as career options, until they have a better understanding of some of the fields that interest them. The undeclared major at Springfield College gives students a "home" before declaring a permanent major.

Through the First-Year Seminar: Building Community and Success, a required course for undeclared students, students learn how to apply active learning strategies for academic success, engage in major and career exploration, and gain an appreciation for service and leadership.

Working with specially trained advisors, students will go through a process of exploration and decision-making that will help them to make an informed decision about the academic program that is right for them.

Entering undeclared students have the opportunity to choose one of six tracks that best meets their areas of interest. The track program allows students to explore major and career options while staying on track for completing degree requirements in a traditional four year program. Additionally, each track offers a peer group of similar interests; curriculum choices that will help explore and test majors, and, if appropriate, stay on track for a particular direction; and general education courses that can be used if the student changes direction.

Undeclared students are required to declare a major by the end of their sophomore year (fourth semester) at Springfield College.

What Each Track Offers

  • A peer group of students with similar interests
  • Curriculum choices that help students explore, test, and stay on track for that area of majors
  • General education courses students can use if they change direction
  • Exploration: In a Major Way, a one-credit required course focusing on study skills; time management; and self, major, and career exploration
  • Specially trained academic advisors, committed to helping students succeed

Discovery, Human Services, and Education Track

For students who:

  • Have a wide variety of interests, or
  • Are just beginning to explore their options, or
  • Are interested in:
    • Working with children, elders, etc.
    • Early Childhood, Elementary/Special, or Secondary Education, or 
    • Liberal arts majors, law school, etc.

Most students take an average of 14-16 credits, including:

  • College Writing I (fulfills first half of College Writing, 3 credits)
  • Exploration: In a Major Way (required for all UNDC students, 3 credit)
  • First-Year Seminar (required for all First-Year students, 3 credits)
  • Perhaps, an Introductory Course (3 credits) 

Two or three of the following transportable Core Curriculum courses:

  • Historical and Social Literacy 
  • Aesthetic Expression 
  • Spiritual and Ethical 
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Management Track

For students interested in:

  • Business Management, Accounting, Finance, or Marketing
  • Health Care Management
  • Recreation Management
  • Sport Management

Most students take an average of 14-16 credits, including:

  • College Writing I (fulfills first half of College Writing, 3 credits)
  • Exploration: In a Major Way (required for all UNDC students, 1 credit)
  • First-Year Seminar (required for all First-Year students, 3 credits) 
  • Introduction to Business (3 credits)

Two of the following transportable Core Curriculum courses:

  • Historical and Social Literacy 
  • Aesthetic Expression 
  • Spiritual and Ethical 
  • Quantitative Reasoning 

Life and Health Sciences Track

Life and Health Sciences Track 

For students who:

  • Have the aptitude for extremely demanding science courses
  • Are interested in:
    • Biology, Sports Biology, or Environmental Science
    • Medical School (dental, vet, chiropractic, etc.)
    • Physician Assistant or Physical Therapy graduate programs

Most students take an average of 17 credits, including:

  • College Writing I (fulfills first half of College Writing, 3 credits)
  • Exploration: In a Major Way (required for all UNDC students, 1 credit)
  • First-Year Seminar (required for all First-Year students, 3 credits) 
  • Bioscience I Lecture and Lab (fulfills Natural Science requirement, 4 credits)

Two of the following transportable Core Curriculum courses:

  • Historical/ Social Literacy
  • Aesthetic Expression 
  • Spiritual/ Ethical

Sports Studies and General Health Care Track

For students who:

  • Want to test their aptitude for advanced science pre-requisite courses required for PT or PA graduate programs
  • Are interested in:
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Communication Science Disorders
    • Health Science
    • Applied Exercise Science
    • Exercise Science - Pre-professional Athletic Training
    • Physical and Health Education
    • Therapeutic Recreation

Most students take an average of 17 credits, including:

  • College Writing I (fulfills first half of College Writing, 3 credits)
  • Exploration: In a Major Way (required for all UNDC students, 1 credit)
  • First-Year Seminar (required for all First-Year students, 3 credits) 
  • Anatomy and Physiology Concepts I Lecture and Lab (fulfills Natural Science, 4 credits)

Two of the following transportable Core Curriculum courses:

  • Historical and Social Literacy
  • Aesthetic Expression 
  • Spiritual and Ethical