How to Choose a Major

Career Map for mental health pathways

 

Careers in Mental Health

How to Choose a Major

Are you interested in a career in mental health care? Jobs in mental health include working as a therapist, supervisor, or consultant in a private practice, community clinic, or hospital setting. Mental health care providers also work in school/university settings as counselors and in government settings as mental health policymakers or social service providers. Some also work in the tech sector at mental health startups.

Careers in mental health can be pursued with any undergraduate major. There are many ways to think about how to design your undergrad experience.
 

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Psychology and Sociology Majors

You can pick a major that has to do with the study of human behavior, relationships, and societies such as PSYCHOLOGY or SOCIOLOGY.

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Biology and Neuroscience Majors

If you are interested in the biological bases of behavior, consider BIOLOGY or NEUROSCIENCE.

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Communications Major

Given that conversation is the basis of talk therapy, consider COMMUNICATION STUDIES.

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Theology and Philosophy Majors

You might be curious about the intersection between religion, the science of being, and mental health and want to pursue THEOLOGY and PHILOSOPHY.

 

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Entrepreneurship & Innovation Major

Are you planning to start your own private practice or enter the mental health tech startup space - if so, consider the ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION major in the School of Management.

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Critical Diversity Studies

If you have particular client populations you hope to work with in the future, you can consider those as majors and minors of study as well, such as CRITICAL DIVERSITY STUDIES, ASIAN STUDIES, or LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES.

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