5 Majors for Students Who Want to Help Others

Topics: Programs & Majors

Published on: Nov 7, 2018 6:34:00 AM

5 Majors for Students Who Want to Help Others

Are you interested in helping others? Are you passionate about making a difference in your community?

If this sounds familiar, you should consider pursuing a bachelor's degree that will prepare you to pursue a service-oriented career. Neumann University offers several undergraduate programs for people concerned with making a real difference in the lives of others — people like you! Keep reading to take a look at five undergraduate degree options.

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1. Social Work

Neumann's Social Work undergraduate degree is designed to prepare mission-driven students to succeed in service-oriented careers. The program requires students to improve their written/verbal communication skills, their emotional intelligence, and their critical-thinking skills.

Career opportunities for those who hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) include: 

  • Adoption or foster care agencies
  • Child protective agencies
  • Community advocacy organizations
  • Criminal justice agencies
  • Probation and parole agencies
  • Family advocacy organizations
  • Health care settings
  • Immigration and refugee advocacy groups
  • Mental health facilities
  • Schools
  • Social welfare agencies
  • Substance abuse treatment centers
  • Victims' rights groups

2. Nursing

The Nursing program at Neumann blends expertise in science and technology with the practice of caring and compassion. Nurses promote health, prevent disease, and help individuals, families, and communities cope with illnesses in a myriad of professional settings from hospitals, long-term care centers, and doctor’s offices to schools, research facilities, rehabilitation centers, and homes. Nurses work closely with doctors and other health care professionals, and serve as the advocates for patients and families.

Career opportunities include:

  • Hospitals
  • Intensive care & trauma units
  • Emergency rooms
  • Surgery centers
  • Birth centers
  • Urgent care centers
  • Home care
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Skilled care facilities
  • Nursing homes and residential care facilities
  • Public health and government positions
  • Army, Navy, and Airforce

3. Health Sciences

Neumann's Health Sciences program includes various specialization tracks including: Strength and Conditioning and Exercise Physiology. You can also select tracks in Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Occupational Therapy, and Pre-Physical Therapy.

Career options include:

  • Professional sports teams
  • Colleges and high schools
  • Sports facilities
  • Fitness centers
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Military Installations 

4. Criminal Justice

Neumann's Criminal Justice bachelor's degree focuses on justice, rehabilitation, and preferential options for the poor and disenfranchised. Criminal Justice majors may complete the Municipal Police Academy curriculum as part of their four-year degree experience.

Career opportunities include:

  • Law Enforcement (local, state and/or federal)
  • Corrections or Probation Officer
  • Forensics
  • Private Security
  • Private investigator
  • Military
  • Social Services
  • Compliance Manager
  • Juvenile justice

5. Psychology

The Psychology undergraduate program at Neumann meets the guidelines of the American Psychological Association. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to pursue employment or graduate school. Similarly, Neumann is the only university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that offers coursework or certification in Behavioral Health Intervention.

Career opportunities include:

  • Arbitration or mediation
  • Career counselor
  • Clinical psychologist (with advanced degree)
  • Clinician
  • Forensic psychologist (with advanced degree)
  • Human Resources professional
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Psychiatrist (with advanced degree)
  • School counselor
  • Sports psychologist 
  • Substance abuse counselor


You can start your journey towards a career that's based on helping others by choosing one of these five undergraduate degrees. If you have questions about attending Neumann University for college, we hope you'll request more information today!

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Fran Reed

 Fran Reed

About The Author: Francesca Reed is the Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing at Neumann University. She brings a wealth of experience in overseeing both undergraduate and graduate admissions. Known for her skill in identifying and supporting prospective students throughout their enrollment journey, Francesca is dedicated to making higher education accessible and fulfilling.





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