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Prepare to Enter the Helping Profession

The Bachelor of Arts in behavioral sciences program at Point Park University is an interdisciplinary degree program for students with interests in the human and social sciences who wish to explore careers in the helping professions.

Our program prepares entry-level practice work within the community health and social services delivery system while simultaneously providing the knowledge and tools for how to address systemic barriers and incorporate social justice practices into organizations, institutions and communities. 

Students in our behavioral sciences major may also pursue further graduate studies in social work, community psychology, community engagement or related fields. With over 3,000 nonprofit organizations in the Pittsburgh region, this versatile career field allows graduates to seek employment working with an organization or community they are passionate about.

Pictured is B.A. behavioral sciences alumna Melissa Ferraro. | Photo by Jim Judkis

A behavioral sciences degree from Point Park University propelled alumna Melissa Ferraro into the position of development director of Sisters Place, Inc.

Courses & Topics

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in our behavioral sciences major.

Some of the courses in this major include:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Abusive Behavior
  • Community and Social Psychology
  • Counseling Theories and Practices
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • LGBTQ Mental Health
  • Research Methods
  • Senior Thesis Capstone
  • Sex, Gender and Identity Politics
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Issues

During your junior and senior years, you'll have the opportunity to particpate in semester-long practicums, working in the field with an organization of your choice to gain real-world experience working with individuals, families and communities. 

Career Options

The social services sector is one of the top sectors for employment nationwide and nonprofit employment makes up almost 25% of total employment in the City of Pittsburgh

With a bachelor's degree in behavioral sciences, you will have the opportunity to seek employment in a variety of direct practice social work settings including health and mental health clinics, child welfare agencies, homeless shelters, hospitals, substance abuse treatment facilities and criminal justice settings.

Some of these positions include:

  • Applied Researcher
  • Assistant Social Services Caseworker
  • Case Manager
  • Child Advocate
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Family Support Specialist
  • Mental Health Assistant
  • Youth Services Counselor