Degrees for transforming careers and communities

Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Students study and advocate for strong communities and the wellness of its members. And in the process, they find that they, too, have been transformed. We invite you to consider Springfield College— with its flexible curriculum, low student-teacher ratio, and personalized attention— because although you may have delayed your college education, your time has come.

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The Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies offers a Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree at all regional campuses. 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 48 credits must be earned through courses taken in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies to earn a degree from Springfield College.

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies 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.

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.

Human Services Careers

    The coming decade holds a promising outlook for human services employment for those with bachelor’s degrees. The U.S. Department of Labor is predicting that employment for social and human service workers will increase by 16 percent from 2016 to 2026. Management positions are predicted to grow by 18 percent during that same time period. Career prospects are promising for those who want to make a career out of their desire and ability to help others.

    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

    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

    Student Projects

    Bring learning to life with hands-on community 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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