Human Services | Springfield College

Human Services

Bachelor of Science
About This Program
Program Contact
Curriculum and Delivery

Flexible scheduling formats to meet your needs.

  • Synchronous and Online
    • Meeting at a specific day and time with the faculty member and classmates, over a zoom connection. This is ideal for those who want a live classroom feel, but without the restriction of having to be in a specific place. 
  • 100% Online Asynchronous 
    • Participate or engage in the learning process on your own time when and wherever you can connect to the internet. This is ideal for those who need the flexibility to work at their own pace and/ or can't commit to specific class meeting times.  
  • Optional Concentrations: Addiction Studies or Early Childhood Education
  • Course requirements
  • Program curriculum
  • Top 10 reasons to choose the program
Start Dates and Duration
  • Starts in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters
  • Students can begin their bachelor's degree at the start of any of the three terms 
  • Students transferring in undergraduate credits and earning credits for what they've already learned through work and life experiences can often finish in 16 months
  • Full-time students with associate's degrees often finish the program in 16 to 24 months
  • Part-time students or those students with fewer transfer or prior learning credits will take longer to complete the degree
  • A minimum of 45 credits must be earned through courses taken to earn a degree from Springfield College
Paying for Your Education
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The Human Services major at Springfield College is designed for the adult-learner who has a desire to start or continue in a career in the field of human services. Students have the option to complete their bachelor's with or without a concentration. Class sizes are small, and students are expected to actively participate in class discussions and the learning process. Students are graded based on group discussions, writing projects, and oral presentations.

The practice-oriented curriculum includes contributions from part-time faculty who are directly involved in agency and community work. The result is that we have a faculty with the flexibility, resources, and expertise required to address academics as well as new developments in human services practice and delivery.

The BS in Human Services enables students 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

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
  • Elder care, group homes, and human services work
  • Social and welfare reform and advocacy
  • Youth work and earn childhood development
  • Law enforcement, corrections, and probation
  • Nonprofit and public management
  • Life skills and mental health counseling

Student Projects

Recent human services projects conducted by students in our bachelor’s program:

  • Breaking the Cycle, a look at domestic violence from the woman’s perspective
  • I2C: Immigration to Citizenship, assisting immigrants gain American citizenship through access to resources
  • All in For Springfield, addressing gambling addiction on campus in response to MGM’s casino grand opening in Springfield, Mass.
  • Pre-school Obesity Education Initiative
  • Understanding and Eradicating Youth Homelessness in Dorchester, Mass.
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Forbes Advisor ranked us among the Best Massachusetts Online Colleges

Springfield College has been recognized as one of the best online colleges in Massachusetts for 2024 by Forbes Advisor. Forbes Advisor scored schools based on the categories of credibility, affordability, student outcomes, student experience, and application process. 

In selecting Springfield College, Forbes advisor noted that the College “offers online bachelor’s degrees with majors that prepare students for careers in human services and the nonprofit sector. The school developed its online programs guided by the Humanics philosophy, emphasizing leadership in service to others. Admission requirements include a high school diploma or GED certificate and at least 15 college credits. Springfield College has a prior learning assessment program that lets students apply credit toward their degree for personal or professional experiences outside the classroom.”

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Core Curriculum

Our 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.

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Career Center

The Career Center’s mission is to educate, inspire, and empower students and alumni to effectively make well-informed career decisions. The staff is committed to student learning and development, and offers a variety of opportunities and programming for students and alumni.

The Academic Success Center offers readily and easily accessible services including support in writing, mathematics, science, subject area tutoring, learning strategies and time management counseling, and assistance for students with documented disabilities.
Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center offers readily and easily accessible services including support in writing, mathematics, science, subject area tutoring, learning strategies and time management counseling, and assistance for students with documented disabilities.