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. Full-time students with associate's degrees often finish the program in 16 to 24 months. However part-time students or those students with fewer transfer or prior learning credits will take longer to complete the degree.

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. A minimum of 45 credits must be earned through courses taken to earn a degree from Springfield College.

Springfield College offers a trimester program, with terms beginning in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.  Students can begin their bachelor's degree programs at the start of any of the three terms. 

The Bachelor of Science degree 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

Morgan Watt, BS Human Services '15

"Springfield is the only institution I know that comes straight out and says, ‘We’re going to talk about how we try to balance mind, body, and spirit."

Morgan Watt, BS Human Services '15 posing for photo with other student during graduation

Bachelor of Science in Human Services Curriculum

Required Courses

(32 credits)

  • Education, Oppression, and Resistance
  • Global Economy, Culture, and Community
  • Social Transformation and Alternative Visions
  • A Critical Overview of Human Services
  • Issues in Research
  • Human Services Portfolio Development
  • Group Projects in Community and Change
  • Senior Seminar

Sample Elective Courses

(12 credits)

  • Dynamics of Case Management
  • Substance Use Disorder: Education and Prevention
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Coping with Disease and Death
  • Counseling from a Racial Perspective
  • Law and Legal Advocacy

Create Your Own Flexible Schedule

Students may choose a hybrid program consisting of a mix of face-to-face and online learning, or a fully online program. The curriculum outcomes are the same, regardless of the format. 

Students choosing the hybrid model have a choice of face-to-face classes on evenings or weekends, with select courses being offered fully online. An online learning component is part of all face-to-face courses, providing opportunity for ongoing discussions when it is most convenient for you. Some online classes are available and required, filling out a student's schedule. This dynamic, hybrid schedule holds a student's interest, and increases their value to employers.

Whichever you choose, we are prepared to support you.

Hybrid Evening Courses

These classes take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings (typically twice per month) and feature additional online coursework.

Hybrid Weekend Courses

These classes take place Saturdays and Sundays (typically twice per month) and feature additional online coursework.

Fully Online Courses

All coursework is completed online in a social and interactive learning environment.

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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