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Online High School Electives

To earn your diploma online, you'll need to take both core high school classes and electives. Electives are extra courses that let students’ study something outside of the basic coursework. They can explore something new while earning credits towards their diploma. Some electives let you get better at a hobby. Others might introduce you to a future career. The mix of core high school classes and electives also gives you a stronger applicant if you plan to go on to higher education.

Common Electives

Some of the most common in-person and online high school electives include:

  • Accounting
  • Photography
  • Graphic design
  • Computer science
  • Childcare
  • Journalism
  • Auto repair
  • Business management
  • Music appreciation
  • Art history
  • Drama
  • Speech and debate
  • Psychology

Taking any of these courses can be a fun way to try something new. They also provide opportunities for you to see how the core classes relate to other subject areas. You might even discover a new passion that totally changes your future career path.

Vocational High School Classes and Electives

While you're taking online high school classes, electives can let you try a new career. Some online high schools have vocational concentrations and electives you can take. These classes let you try an area of study before you enroll in a college vocational or technical program. Concentrations and elective classes may include:

Health Care

  • Medical terminology
  • Ethics and health law
  • Anatomy
  • Safety and first aid


  • Business fundamentals
  • Introduction to entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to accounting
  • Business law

Veterinary Science

  • Basic animal care
  • Advanced animal care
  • Career preparedness


  • Fitness basics
  • Healthy living
  • Nutrition
  • Muscles and nerves
  • Heart and lungs

Paralegal Studies

  • Paralegals and the legal system
  • Civics
  • Legal research
  • Business law

If you're interested in a career in any of these fields, U.S. Career Institute is here to help. We offer certificate and associate degree programs in a range of careers, including medical specialtiesbusiness managementveterinary assistingparalegal studies, and personal training. When you're ready for college, our affordable training programs will be here for you!