YMCA Professional Studies Program
The YMCA Professional Studies Program offers an academic and transformative experience that helps students to grow and develop into future YMCA leaders. The program, which is set up as a minor, provides an opportunity for all students, not just those interested in a YMCA career, to develop their academic experiences thorough major-specific courses, as well as their volunteer and networking acumen, through various events, trips, and conferences.
The YMCA professional studies minor is specialized to most majors at the College, including youth development, psychology, business management, sport management, recreation management, applied exercise science, and movement and sports studies. Students take six courses for the YMCA minor, three of which are required classes that need to be taken within the student’s major. Students also can do a YMCA internship, which the Office of YMCA Relations will set up.
Students in the YMCA professional studies program have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cocurricular experiences, including:
- Conferences: Students participate in conferences that are educational and provide them with the ability to network with Y professionals and other students from around the county. Springfield College YMCA professional studies students have attended conferences nationally in Hawaii, Oregon, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and internationally.
- Career Days: Students travel to YMCAs in New England to connect with upper-level YMCA professionals, meet with recruiters, and learn more about working in a Y.
- Y Club: Y Club is an inclusive club that welcomes students from around the campus to participate in a variety of activities on and off the campus.