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Best classes for an psychology degree ?

I'm in 11th grade and was wondering what are the best classes to take when getting an psychology degree? That will lead for a higher paying job.

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Yvette’s Answer

Hi Brooklyn!

This is a great question. As you are in 11th grade, I'd recommend taking any psychology class that your high school offers. If they offer an AP Psychology course, go for it! This will help you stand out when applying for psychology programs at universities.

In terms of a psychology degree, a good place to start is pursuing a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Getting a Bachelor's degree in Psychology will give you a solid foundation in any specialization within the field. Then, getting a Master's degree in a specialized part of psychology is a good next step. This will help set you apart as you will have an advanced degree in a specific area. I would suggest you begin researching the following areas within psychology:
1. General psychology (good for careers in counseling and clinical psychology)
2. Biopsychology (good pathway into medicine, pharmacology, and healthcare)
3. Forensic psychology (good for careers with police/FBI)
4. Industrial Organizational psychology (This is what I got my Master's in! IO Psychology is the study of human behavior in the workplace. If you want to go into business or be self-employed, this is the degree for you!)
5. Neuroscience/Brain Sciences (good pathway for medicine/healthcare)
6. Psychopharmacology (medicine/healthcare track)

I got my Bachelor of Science in Psychological and Brain Sciences at UC Santa Barbara. I wanted to go into business so I started researching and came across IO Psychology. I got my Master's in this from the University of Houston - Clear Lake. I highly recommend IO Psych, it leads to very lucrative careers and you can flex your creativity by working in a number of areas, and specializing within those.

I hope this is helpful, best of luck to you!
Thank you comment icon Your advice was so helpful! Brooklyn
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Bhavna’s Answer

Hello Brooklyn,

When getting an psychology degree, it is important to take classes that are focused on the core aspects of psychology. This includes classes in areas such as abnormal psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and developmental psychology. Other useful classes include statistics and research methods, counseling techniques, and psychopathology. These classes will give you the best foundation for a successful career in psychology and will also increase your earning potential.

It is important to take courses that directly relate to psychology, such as basic and advanced psychology courses, human development, cognitive psychology, research methods, statistical methods, neuroscience, and social psychology. Other courses that could be beneficial include courses in counseling and psychotherapy, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, personality psychology, and clinical psychology. It is also important to take courses outside of the psychology major that are related to the field, such as courses in sociology, public health, business, literature, and philosophy. These courses can help you gain a more comprehensive understanding of the professional issues and scientific principles related to the psychology field.

I hope this is helpful. Good luck.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, now I know the kind of classes I should prepare for and look into. Once again thank you. Brooklyn
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Melody’s Answer

Greetings Brooklyn,

I majored in psychology for my undergraduate degree. There are many ways to move within the field of psychology. You may find it beneficial to explore this field to see what direction at least on paper you may which to move. You then will have a better idea of what courses you which to take to continue your exploration.
https://www.verywellmind.com/a-list-of-psychology-careers-2794917

Happy searching for your future direction.
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