Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Science, Technology and Value

The Science, Technology, and Value minor is designed to appeal to students with major fields of study in the natural and social sciences, as well as students who are interested in careers in health sciences, law, and public policy. This minor provides helps prepare students to address the challenges of living and working in a world increasingly defined by the latest scientific and technological breakthroughs. The minor builds upon the student’s own background in natural and social sciences and draws upon multiple resources of philosophy to promote critical reflection on how social media, robotics, bio-technology, surveillance devices, and other modern forces are re-defining our humanity.

Philosophy Department

Philosophy teaches students to think clearly and critically about the most important questions of life. We explore not only how things are, but also how they could have been and how they ought to be. Philosophy majors and minors routinely score high on all standardized tests and go on to successful careers in business, education, government, law, medicine and public policy.

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Career Opportunities

Risk Management Specialists analyze and manage risk management issues by identifying, measuring, and making decisions on operational or enterprise risks for an organization.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $61,160 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Mental health and substance abuse social workers assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.

Job titles include: Case Manager, Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Therapist, Clinician, Counselor, Mental Health Therapist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Substance Abuse Counselor and Therapist.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $39,980 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22%+ (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Job titles include: Charge Nurse, Director of Nursing (DON), Emergency Department RN (Emergency Department Registered Nurse), Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse), Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN), Public Health Nurse (PHN), Registered Nurse (RN), School Nurse, Staff Nurse, Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse)

Wages:

The median annual wage was $65,470 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 18% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Medical and Health Services Managers plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.

Job titles include: Office Manager, Nurse Manager, Health and Social Service Manager, Program Manager, Clinical Director, Director of Nursing, Medical Records Manager, Mental Health Program Manager, Nutrition Services Manager, Practice Administrator

Wages:

The median annual wage was $88,580 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22% or higher from 2012 to 2022.

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

Job titles include: Sports Medicine Physician, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician, Naturopathic Physician, Nuclear Medicine Physician, Medical Scientist, Pediatrician, Surgeon, Obstetrician, Gynecologist, Family and General Practitioner, Internist, Oncologist, Cardiologist, Anesthesiologist and Neurologist.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $187,200 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 18% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

People who work in community and social service occupations are concerned with improving society and the lives of individuals. These workers perform a diverse array of duties that may include counseling individuals with substance abuse and behavioral problems, providing social assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of families, and offering spiritual and moral guidance to members of a faith.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $44,240 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the social service industry is expected to grow 17.2% by 2020.

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes. The majority of lawyers work in private and corporate legal offices. Some work for local, state, and federal governments. The majority work full time, and many work long hours. All lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.

Job titles include: Attorney, Associate Attorney, Lawyer, Associate, Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, City Attorney, County Attorney, Partner and Assistant Counsel.

Wages:

The median annual wage for lawyers was $113,530 in May 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022

Today our focus on preventing disease, illness and injury is just as apparent as our fight to diagnose and treat them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports we not only need to retain those workers already in the field, but also add a substantial number of new ones, with the most occupational growth expected among health care support jobs.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the finance and insurance industry is expected to grow 26.5% by 2022.