Core Curriculum at Springfield College
In fall 2020, Springfield College is implementing a new Core Curriculum. This curriculum is designed in faithfulness to the Springfield College mission and to further strengthen the Humanics philosophy of educating students in spirit, mind, and body. It is the cornerstone of a Springfield College education. Regardless of your major, it provides a strong, developmental, and holistic foundation for leaders in service to humanity. Upon completion, you will all be prepared to learn, lead, and serve in diverse, multicultural, and global contexts as well as in any career path you may choose. You 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.
Each of its components relies on the others to help create an educated student, not just a person who completes a degree from Springfield College. You will learn to think through problems, issues, and ideas from many perspectives. This begins in your Springfield College Seminar, taken during your first semester on campus. You will take courses in Foundations for the Future, which include writing, literature, quantitative reasoning, and wellness. The Understanding the World courses engage you in coursework in scientific reasoning, spiritual and ethical perspectives, aesthetic expression, and historical and social literacy.
Later, you will apply what you have learned along with the expanding knowledge and perspectives of your major to consider a theme outside your field of study, called a Themed Exploration, which consists of three interdisciplinary courses. Those also help you develop in leadership in service to others and global perspectives.
Ultimately, you will be able to use this multiple perspective/interdisciplinary approach to enrich and extend knowledge within your “home” discipline to examine an issue from a multi-disciplinary perspective before you graduate as part of your capstone/signature work.
Teaching Out the General Education Program
For students who enrolled before fall 2020, their general education courses are similarly informed by the Humanics mission and the Springfield College 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.
This General Education ensures that you will achieve a common set of learning objectives as part of your Springfield College experience. These common objectives embody the College definition of an educated person and ensure that our graduates will be able to demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and understanding needed to achieve the mission of the College to educate you for leadership and lifelong service to humanity. The common learning outcomes for all baccalaureate graduates include:
- The ability to provide leadership in service to humanity;
- The ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral form;
- The ability to think critically within and across disciplines, to interpret information, and to develop well-reasoned conclusions;
- The ability to read critically, interpretatively, and empathetically;
- The ability to reason quantitatively and to use mathematical and technological tools for problem-solving and analysis;
- An understanding and appreciation of aesthetic, imaginative, and creative expression;
- An understanding and appreciation of the scientific process of discovery, critical thinking, and analysis;
- An understanding and appreciation of the social sciences and historical perspective in comprehending the modern world;
- The ability to reflect critically on personal, spiritual, and cultural values in order to live an effective and fulfilling life;
- An understanding and appreciation of the importance of personal wellness and lifelong physical activity in the enrichment of human life; and
- An understanding and appreciation of the opportunities and challenges inherent in a world that is increasingly diverse, multicultural, and international.
Students enrolled in General Education take courses across a wide range of disciplines, including:
- Competencies: College Writing and Computer Application courses, embedded Writing Across the Curriculum and Information Literacy outcomes.
- Domains of Knowledge and Understanding: Arts and Humanities, which includes courses in Literary Studies, Visual/Performing Arts, and Spiritual and Ethical Dimensions. Courses in the Analytical and Natural Sciences include Quantitative Reasoning and Natural Sciences. Students study the Social Sciences in Historical/Cultural Studies and in Behavioral and Social Sciences courses. The options for coursework in international/multicultural education include language courses, study abroad, or on-campus courses with an international perspective. Students also take a course noted as oriented toward social justice and take several physical activity courses as a part of their physical education general education