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Online psychology degree ranked 8th in the nation

All requirements, including upper-division courses, for a psychology major can be completed online

The University of Houston has been recognized as one of the nation’s top institutions providing students with online psychology curriculum.

In recent rankings, the UH was among “The 30 Best Online Bachelor in Psychology Degree Programs,” coming in at No. 8 on the list compiled by, an independent organization staffed by editors with academia and research experience.

Although the full UH degree is not offered online, the requirements for completing a psychology major can be fulfilled through web-based coursework. UH was selected for this designation because all of its required upper-division courses can be accessed through its Distance Education program.

"We are delighted that the ability to complete the major requirements online for the psychology major has been beneficial to so many students. It has helped make degree completion attainable for those who are working or who have moved, as well as those with limited transportation options,” said Suzanne C. Kieffer, director of Administrative and Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Education in the Department of Psychology.

According to, UH is among the institutions ranked on this list based on quality of program, types and ranges of courses offered, faculty strength, as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation.

“Psychology degrees are valuable for more than just those interested in understanding more about how people behave and why. The degree can make for a great foundation for those who go into many professions outside of healthcare – business management and marketing are prime examples,” said Wayne Downs, managing editor of “Our online psychology degree ranking article was created to help any interested student find a top-notch program from a school that will be warmly received by employers and graduate schools.”

UH’s bachelor’s degree in psychology includes studies of the behavioral influences of genetics, biology, culture, and society.

The B.A. in psychology degree includes the following courses:

•Psychological Statistics

•Social Psychology

•Cognitive Psychology

•Psychology of Personality

•Research Methods

•Physiological Psychology

To fulfill Bachelor of Art degree requirements, students must complete six hours of sophomore-level foreign language course work. The University of Houston is reviewing distance learning options for teaching this level of foreign language online.

-        by Melissa Carroll