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What to Expect from an Online Psychology Degree Program

Majoring in psychology opens doors to many careers in a diverse set of industries. From healthcare to business, psychology courses prepare students to excel in almost any career.

If you are considering an online psychology degree, you will want to know what to expect. The job outlook is good, the pay ranges from quite reasonable to very attractive, and the subject itself is fascinating. As a topic of interest, psychology appeals to anyone interested in personal development. More importantly, psychology is infinitely useful to those wishing to apply its principles in a professional setting. Graduates with a psychology degree enjoy a lower-than-average unemployment rate of 8.8 percent.

If you are ready to pursue an online psychology degree, here is what you can expect as you make your way through a bachelor's degree program.

Core Psychology Courses

As a social science, psychology builds on certain theoretical principles that must be mastered before digging into more specific topics.

Every student begins with an introductory course and a course in statistics. Statistics courses have the reputation of being difficult and boring, but once mastered, the basic concepts of statistics will serve students well throughout their professional lives. Even if a graduate eventually works in a different field, knowing how to interpret data can be a crucial job skill that sets them apart in the job market.

Other core courses in an online psychology degree program may include the following.

Abnormal Psychology - Perhaps one of the most popular psychology courses is abnormal psychology. This is the study of behavior disorders -- how they develop and how they are treated.

Social Psychology - This is the study of how humans interact with each other and with their environment. This line of study is especially relevant in the business world, as it pertains to motivation, attitude, perception and leadership.

Experimental Psychology - This course covers the fundamentals of conducting psychological research.

Organizational Psychology - This is another course that is directly applicable to a business career. It covers topics such as hiring, employee motivation and how organizations influence individuals.

Choosing an Online Psychology Degree

A degree program that is 100 percent online is flexible for working students but also affordable. Not only that, but online programs offer a compressed class schedule, so classes typically run around eight weeks.

Be sure to look for accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or a similar institution, and make sure faculty are respected in their fields and have real-world experience.

With all of these factors in place, you will be taking the first step toward securing a satisfying career for your future.

Learn more about the University of Texas Permian Basin's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology online program.


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