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Degree Questions
#1
I just applied to TESC for my degree in business and am in the enrollment process but I have couple of questions for those with experience!

When I started I chose a business major because it intrigued me and it seemed like a good "foundation degree" in case I wanted to further my education. The test material has been extremly interesting and I have really enjoyed learning.

However, I always really enjoyed history and have done well on the history tests that I have taken. I would also eventually like to pursue a career in the political arena.(call me weird!) With that being said my parents and I decided to look into getting a double major. When we asked TESC they said that I would have to take 30hrs of coursework to graduate with a double major.

With that backround information I had a few questions,

Is the coursework actual courses or can you test out of most of the requirments?

Is a double major even worth the extra money and effort and would it differentiate myself when I eventually seek a job?

Would it be better to get a BA in history or a BA in political science?

I really would appreciate any input you guys could give me. Hopefully I didn't just ramble. Thanks in advance!

Farmerboy
Finished in December, 2008 with my BSBA from TESC

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#2
Farmerboy Wrote:I just applied to TESC for my degree in business and am in the enrollment process but I have couple of questions for those with experience!

When I started I chose a business major because it intrigued me and it seemed like a good "foundation degree" in case I wanted to further my education. The test material has been extremly interesting and I have really enjoyed learning.

However, I always really enjoyed history and have done well on the history tests that I have taken. I would also eventually like to pursue a career in the political arena.(call me weird!) With that being said my parents and I decided to look into getting a double major. When we asked TESC they said that I would have to take 30hrs of coursework to graduate with a double major.

With that backround information I had a few questions,

Is the coursework actual courses or can you test out of most of the requirments?

Is a double major even worth the extra money and effort and would it differentiate myself when I eventually seek a job?

Would it be better to get a BA in history or a BA in political science?

I really would appreciate any input you guys could give me. Hopefully I didn't just ramble. Thanks in advance!

Farmerboy
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My own two cents here- the additional 30 credits you will need would be your BA credits because the BS Business core /electives are more than 30. In other words- don't get your BA and add business or your going to do a heck of a lot more than 30 extra.
For your major (BA) only 2 classes can be 100 level- so count up the CLEPs/DSSTs that would count as your requirement. I think (without checking) that there are almost enough history exams to make it- but not political science.
Finally, just my own suggestion- but I had STRONGLY considered a double major at TESC. (every now and again I even get the urge until my husband pulls me back into focus) I spent a lot of time looking into it and how to do so efficiently with minimal overlap. I even did a bit of reading on double majors offered through other colleges. My end decision was to take those 30 credits as part of a master's degree instead of dumping the time and money into an undergrad degree that people may or may not understand. A master's degree is only 32-36 credits- look at it as you would almost be done and you would have a higher degree. Not everyone understands the requirements of a double major- and colleges differ on the requirements- a master's degree is much more easily understood in my opinion. (and fewer people have them) At TESC you have the option of a "Bachelor to Master" program which lets you start taking master classes when you reach 99 credits- this allows you to "double dip" your credits and use them for both degrees. Your whole program from zero to masters would be 99+36 = 135 credits. The way you propose (if you get a masters) is 120 + 30 + 36 = 186 credits.
#3
cookderosa,
In the business section of the college catolog sent to me by TESC they state that, "Once students have earned 99 credits toward a baccalaureate degree, they may apply for provisional admission th the graduare program at TESC. Once accepted, they may earn 9 graduate credits for the undergraduate and graduate degress."

Is the catalog not explaining the whole truth? The idea of a bachelors to masters is really appealing as long as the cost is manageble. Thanks for your help!

Farmerboy
Finished in December, 2008 with my BSBA from TESC

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