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#1
Hello all,

I happened upon this forum somehow and I'm immensely grateful. The information provided here can help me tremendously with finally fulfilling my dream of becoming a college graduate. Now is the perfect time for me to get started on my journey as I have a job that's very lax and affords me sufficient down time to be able to go to college.

At the expense of coming off a bit uninformed, some of the info and terminology within this forum is foreign to me. I'm hoping that someone here would be willing to help break down some info and answer some questions to help me get started. 

I'm interested in the BA in Communications at TESU. I would like to transfer as many credits in as I can and I want to get started today! I'm familiar with Straighterline and have been reading up on the ACE credit and CLEP testing, however I'm not as knowledgeable as to how that works. 

Should I apply at TESU first? How do I find out which courses to take that will transfer in? Should I do Sophia.org courses? (I've read it's free right now) or Straighterline? Or CLEP? I looked at the Communications degree program on tesu.edu and it appears that the actual course names are not listed. Should I contact them to get the list? 

I would greatly appreciate any help I can get. TIA
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#2
Look at your degree plan, see what you have left to complete. Fill in as many of those classes as you can using Sophia. Sophia is free right now.
Good idea also to start with end goals in mind. You interested in graduate school? Career change, etc.
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#3
(04-15-2020, 08:58 AM)indigoshuffle Wrote: Look at your degree plan, see what you have left to complete. Fill in as many of those classes as you can using Sophia. Sophia is free right now.
Good idea also to start with end goals in mind. You interested in graduate school? Career change, etc.

Hello and thanks for your reply. I'm looking at tesu.edu and this is the information provided for the BA in Communications (see below). How can I determine which classes to take at Sophia based on this information? 

BA in Communications Credit Distribution
I. General Education Requirements 60

A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication (6)
  • Oral Communication (3)
  • Quantitative Literacy (3)
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy (3)
[size=undefined]B. Civic and Global Learning 9[/size]
  • Diversity (3)
  • Ethics (3)
  • Civic Engagement (3)
[size=undefined]C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 12
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[size=undefined]D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 4-7
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[size=undefined]E. General Education Electives 17-20
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[size=undefined]II. Area of Study: Communications 33
A. Required Courses 9[/size]
  • Communication Theory (3)
  • Mass Communications I (3)
  • Mass Communications II (3)
[size=undefined]B. Capstone 3[/size]
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone (3)
[size=undefined]C. Communications Electives* 21[/size]
  • Broadcast and Cable Promotion
  • Broadcasting in America
  • Cinema Theory
  • Communications in the Digital Age
  • Communication Law
  • Communication Research
  • Debate
  • Film Styles and Genre
  • Interviewing
  • Journalism* *
  • Managerial Communications and Leadership Communications
  • Media in Communication
  • Motion Picture Productions
  • Non-Verbal Communications
  • Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • Public Relations
  • Public Speaking
  • Radio News
  • Radio Production
  • Radio-Television Policies, Laws and Regulations
  • Small Group Communication
  • Survey of Cable Communications
  • Technical Writing
  • Telecommunication Processes and Policy
  • Television News
  • Television Production
  • Theories of Persuasion
  • Video Communication Theory
  • Voice and Diction
  • Voice Production
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D. Requirements
 [/size]

Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State University are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
  • College Level Math is required.
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III. Electives 27
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[size=undefined]Total Credits 120[/size]
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#4
(04-15-2020, 08:50 AM)crisakoma Wrote: Hello all,

I happened upon this forum somehow and I'm immensely grateful. The information provided here can help me tremendously with finally fulfilling my dream of becoming a college graduate. Now is the perfect time for me to get started on my journey as I have a job that's very lax and affords me sufficient down time to be able to go to college.

At the expense of coming off a bit uninformed, some of the info and terminology within this forum is foreign to me. I'm hoping that someone here would be willing to help break down some info and answer some questions to help me get started. 

I'm interested in the BA in Communications at TESU. I would like to transfer as many credits in as I can and I want to get started today! I'm familiar with Straighterline and have been reading up on the ACE credit and CLEP testing, however I'm not as knowledgeable as to how that works. 

Should I apply at TESU first? How do I find out which courses to take that will transfer in? Should I do Sophia.org courses? (I've read it's free right now) or Straighterline? Or CLEP? I looked at the Communications degree program on tesu.edu and it appears that the actual course names are not listed. Should I contact them to get the list? 

I would greatly appreciate any help I can get. TIA

Do you have any college credits already?
Thomas Edison State University (TESU)
- BSBA General Management, December 2018
- ASNSM in Computer Science, December 2018
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#5
(04-15-2020, 10:25 AM)allvia Wrote:
(04-15-2020, 08:50 AM)crisakoma Wrote: Hello all,

I happened upon this forum somehow and I'm immensely grateful. The information provided here can help me tremendously with finally fulfilling my dream of becoming a college graduate. Now is the perfect time for me to get started on my journey as I have a job that's very lax and affords me sufficient down time to be able to go to college.

At the expense of coming off a bit uninformed, some of the info and terminology within this forum is foreign to me. I'm hoping that someone here would be willing to help break down some info and answer some questions to help me get started. 

I'm interested in the BA in Communications at TESU. I would like to transfer as many credits in as I can and I want to get started today! I'm familiar with Straighterline and have been reading up on the ACE credit and CLEP testing, however I'm not as knowledgeable as to how that works. 

Should I apply at TESU first? How do I find out which courses to take that will transfer in? Should I do Sophia.org courses? (I've read it's free right now) or Straighterline? Or CLEP? I looked at the Communications degree program on tesu.edu and it appears that the actual course names are not listed. Should I contact them to get the list? 

I would greatly appreciate any help I can get. TIA

Do you have any college credits already?

Hi allvia thanks for responding. I have only 3 college credits.
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#6
Just an FYI - this degree is not able to be tested out of. You have to find the 3 required courses in the major, and they aren't easy to find.
TESU BSBA/HR 2018 - WVNCC BOG AAS 2017 - GGU Cert in Mgmt 2000
EXAMS: TECEP Tech Wrtg, Comp II, LA Math, PR, Computers  DSST Computers, Pers Fin  CLEP Mgmt, Mktg
COURSES: TESU Capstone  Study.com Pers Fin, Microecon, Stats  Ed4Credit Acct 2  PF Fin Mgmt  ALEKS Int & Coll Alg  Sophia Proj Mgmt The Institutes - Ins Ethics  Kaplan PLA
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#7
I would just get all you can with Sophia.org right now, take everything if you're going to Excelsior, if not then skip the Foundations of courses. You need to decide on the degree and school you want to attend after you're done with the Sophia.org courses.
Done: TESU ASNSM Biology, ASBA/BSBA (ACBSP Accredited in 2017)
Business & IT Certs: Cisco, CompTIA, 6Sigma/Lean/Scrum, ITIL, MTA, etc
Coursera Google IT Certs & Udacity Nanodegrees

Working on: TESU BA Biology & Computer Science
Universidad Isabel I: ENEB MBA, Big Data & BI, Digital Marketing & E-Commerce
Deferred: **Deciding on several Masters/PHD programs**

2019 BALS and BSBA Spreadsheet using mainly SL/Study.com (post#28,31)
The Basic Approach | DegreeForum Community Supported Wiki
~Review: Beginners Guide sticky for info on TESU BALS/BSBA in 4 months (post #16)
~Note: Read Wiki guide links for TESU equivalency - CLEP/DSST/SL/Study.com, etc
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