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Online High School Electives

Update By: Jordin Frey

To earn your diploma online, you'll need to take the required credits, including 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 while 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 taking online high school classes, electives can let you try a potential career. U.S. Career Institute’s Career Pathways Program lets you take vocational concentrations and electives. These classes let you try an area of study before you enroll in a college vocational or technical program. Concentrations and electives USCI offers are:

Health Care

Students interested in a future career in the healthcare field after graduation can take our Healthcare Career Pathway Program. This program covered healthcare career basics and includes the following elective options:

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


If you are interested in a career in business after you finish high school then our Business Career Pathway Program can be a perfect option. This program includes the following elective options:

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

Veterinary Science

If you have a love for animals and want to pursue a career in veterinary science after high school then our Veterinary Science Career Pathway Program can give you the perfect head start. Electives included in this program are:

  • Basic animal care
  • Advanced animal care
  • Career preparedness


A career in the fitness industry can be rewarding. Our Fitness Career Pathway Program will give you a head start on your future career! The electives available for this program are:

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

Paralegal Studies

Explore the fundamentals of a career in law with our Paralegal Career Pathway Program. With this program, you will be able to take the following classes as electives:

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

If you’ve already graduated from high school but 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!