Social Sciences Minors
- Criminal Justice
The Criminal Justice Minor gives students knowledge about the nature and context of the crime problem in society, from theoretical and practice-oriented perspectives. The minor offers students majoring in other academic disciplines and training an option that will assist in the preparation of a successful career in, and related to, criminal justice.
- Environmental Studies
The Environmental Studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor that provides students the opportunities to study the complex interplay between science, nature, politics, and social life in terms of how they shape our environment as well as our experiences of it.
History provides an excellent program of study for becoming a complete person. As Roman philosopher Cicero has recognized, you need to understand the past to develop as a person. Springfield College challenges students to learn how best to improve the body, mind, and spirit for leadership in service to humanity. We can only achieve this goal by reading and analyzing the experiences of those people who came before us.
- Political Science
The Political Science minor at Springfield College helps students develop their ability to think critically and communicate effectively and persuasively. Those abilities provide opportunities in a wide variety of careers in which one is required to analyze complex problems and deal with people, such as Management, Law, Public Relations, Sales, the Media, Business, and Government.
Sociology is the study of human relationships in societies. It emphasizes the study of social organization, culture, social problems, inequality, and change. Students who study sociology learn how people are influenced by the social world and how people act as creators of this world. The curriculum is challenging, but it is exciting to students who want to learn more about how social institutions, including families, the economy, politics and government, religion, education, health care, and media and leisure, affect their own and others’ lives.
- Youth Development
The Youth Development minor is open to all students wanting an additional context and practical skills for working with youth. The courses taken for the minor highlight the interdisciplinary nature of Youth Development and can enhance students’ courses of study. Students in this minor will understand the key ideas of youth development and will be able to integrate the concepts into their formal and informal work with young people.