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June 12, 2018 at 8:43 am

New Online Degree in Psychology Helps Ohioans in Competitive Job Market

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The Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences launches its first degree completion program—an online B.A. in Psychology designed to help more Ohioans in a competitive job market where a bachelor’s degree can be the key to getting a job or getting a promotion.

“We want OHIO to be a positive catalyst for economic change for Appalachia and for quality of life for Southeastern Ohioans,” says Dr. M. Duane Nellis, President of Ohio University.

“As part of the Forward Ohio initiative, we are working to strengthen the state’s workforce, which will demand more college graduates to fill emerging jobs,” Nellis said, adding that today just 44 percent of Ohio adults ages 25 to 64 have a post-secondary (beyond high school) degree or certificate. The state’s goal is to increase that educational attainment level to 65 percent by 2025.

The online psychology program at Ohio University is designed for students with an associate’s degree (or 60 semester hours) who want to complete a bachelor’s degree. The major is delivered in a flexible, online format, requiring no face-to-face meetings. Students are enrolling for fall courses.

“Our quality instructors and courses will prepare you for your next step in life—whether that involves promotion in a current career, exploration of a new career field, achievement of a life-long goal to earn a degree, or even just a better understanding of people and their behavior,” says Dr. Joseph Shields, Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

The online bachelor’s degree program helps prepare students for careers in areas such as:

  • Human services—counseling, crisis work, performance enhancement
  • Business—personnel, sales, advertising/marketing, public relations, consumer research, customer service
  • Health services—public health, health prevention programs, prevention research

“While completing the Online B.A. in Psychology, you will explore the field of psychology, gain valuable experience with a diverse online student body, develop relationships with faculty, and participate in practical field experience that will enhance your knowledge of psychology. You will be encouraged to explore service activities and can explore opportunities to participate in psychological research,” says Dr. Sandra Hoyt, faculty adviser to the program and a first-generation college student who understands the transforming power of a college degree.

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