10 Perfect Majors for Students with Military Experience

Anyone who serves in a branch of the military gains useful skills. If you're considering college after military service, you can use the knowledge you gained in one of the degree programs below. The coursework required by these majors allows service members to build on their experience and get a jump on a great career.

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1 - Kinesiology

Physical training is a vital part of any military career, and service members often pursue hobbies in the same area. A major in kinesiology combines coursework in psychology, anatomy and physiology, and exercise science. Service members who enjoyed the physical nature of military service can transition those experiences into a fulfilling career.

2 - Outdoor Education

Perfect for infantry soldiers, this major combines military and team-building skills with a love of the outdoors. Coursework is focused in areas such as physical education, leadership, and natural sciences. Students can often pursue internships as well.

3 - Health Education/Health Promotion

As our nation changes the way it delivers health care, health educators will play an integral role in keeping Americans healthy. Service members whose jobs focused on medical or medical support fields should investigate a major in health education or health promotion. Course topics include kinesiology, health sciences, education, epidemiology, and research methods.

4 - Organizational Leadership

The military cultivates leaders, and leadership skills are particularly useful in the business world. A major in organizational leadership and supervision features coursework in human resources, technological resource management, communications, time management, and project leadership.

5 - National Security/Homeland Security

Recent history has sparked interest in the way we protect our nation from both domestic and international terrorist activity. Students with military experience have a specialized background in and experience with the theory and practice of national security. A major in national security/homeland security involves coursework in military history, leadership, psychology, sociology, and intelligence.

6 - Criminal Justice

A military background is a natural foundation for a career in criminal justice, particularly for those service members with a background as military police officers. Criminal justice majors study criminology, psychology, sociology, and political science.

7 - Military History

Our nation's military has been an active part of every stage of our history. Military history as a discipline is growing in popularity, and new programs are being developed at several schools. A military history degree involves critical analysis of past military action and traditions.

8 - Nonprofit Management

As an agent of the government, the military is one of the world's largest nonprofit organizations. A major in nonprofit management allows service members to transition and utilize their leadership skills in service to others. Coursework emphasizes public policy, analysis, strategic planning, and grant writing.

9 - Communication Studies

Written and verbal communication serve a vital purpose in the military. Orders are passed along the chain of command, and information must travel from the battlefield to leaders across the globe. Service members who enjoyed that aspect of the military should investigate a major in the communication arts. Required courses include rhetoric, writing, and research techniques.

10 - Computer Engineering

In the military, the signal corps is responsible for creating and maintaining the networks through which service members communicate in remote zones. If your military experience lies in that area, a degree in computer engineering might be a worthwhile pursuit. Computer engineering students study computer systems, mechanics, networking, and advanced mathematics.

It can be difficult to decide on an educational path. Check out these tips to help service members select an academic program that's right for them.

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