Bachelor’s Degree

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Get Informed With Bachelor’s Degree Basics

A bachelor’s degree is probably the first thing that comes to mind when people think about a college education. It typically takes four years to earn these degrees, most of which are awarded by regionally accredited liberal arts colleges. Bachelor’s degrees are generally understood to be the standards of entry for a wide variety of careers.

You need to complete about 40 courses to attain a bachelor’s degree, which would break down to 120 semester hours or 180 quarter credits depending on which system is in place.

Liberal arts classes are key parts of bachelor’s degree programs. You can expect to take 10 to 12 courses in your major area of study, with the rest being occupied by general education topics such as English, history, mathematics, and social or physical sciences. 

There are a few ideal circumstances in which you should pursue a bachelor’s degree:

  • When Your Career Goals Demand It: This is probably the most obvious reason to earn a bachelor’s degree. It’s your ticket to a great number of entry-level professional roles, so the effort to secure a degree is well worth it.
  • When an Advanced Degree Is Required: You can’t earn a master’s degree without first completing a degree at the bachelor’s level. It’s always a good time to go further down the educational road.
  • When You Already Have Some College Credits: If you have an associates degree or a healthy number of college credits, you owe it to yourself and your career to follow through and complete a bachelor’s degree program.

The three most popular types of bachelor’s degrees are Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science, (BS), and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). There are countless options when it comes to specific majors and concentrations, but here are some general notes on each type of baccalaureate degree:

  • BA: A Bachelor of Arts degree typically requires fewer courses in a concentration area and a broader focus on exploring the liberal arts. There’s more freedom built into the curriculum as a result. The most common majors here include communications, English, art, and music.
  • BS: If you want to focus on a specific concentration, the Bachelor of Science is the right choice for you. These programs are typically more career-focused, with popular majors including business, computer science, and biology.
  • BFA: This is considered more of a professional degree geared toward the creative arts world. Dancers, singers, actors, and painters are among the people who pursue Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.

When selecting the right bachelor’s degree program for your needs, you must consider a few key things. One is cost, which will vary significantly depending on your chosen major. Exploring all financial aid options is a good idea before you get too far down the road in selecting a course of study. If you need flexibility in terms of class schedule, an online program might be the ideal fit. Just be sure you can work well without face-to-face interaction. 

Whatever type of program you choose, earning a bachelor’s degree is the right choice for taking your career to the next level.

 

FIND COLLEGES FOR BACHELOR’S DEGREE

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American International College

Type: Private For-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:231 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

American InterContinental University (AIU) was founded in Europe in 1970 on the premise that universities should transcend the bounds of the traditional, theory-based approach to education by providing students with a curriculum that can help prepare them to pursue their professional interests in today's globalized, cutting-edge industries.

For more than 45 years, AIU has offered specialized, flexible degree programs. Today, it operates campuses in Atlanta and Houston as well as at AIU Online, which launched in 2001. In January 2001, Career Education Corporation (CEC) acquired the university.

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Centura College

Type: Private For-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:4455 South Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Centura College, with campus locations in Virginia, and South Carolina, is dedicated to helping students gain the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed. Drawing from over 30 years of career school experience, we are committed to the education and personal enrichment of each student. Whether you are a recent high school graduate just starting out, planning to return to the workplace in a new career field, or a member of our Armed Forces preparing to enter the civilian workforce, Centura College can get you the training you need quickly. At Centura College, it's all about the training!

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CollegeAmerica

Type: Private Non-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:Multiple Locations in AZ and CO

Congratulations! Your interest in CollegeAmerica is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a new career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.

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Colorado Christian University Online

Type: Private Non-Profit

Institution Level: More than 4 years

Location:8787 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226

Colorado Christian University is dedicated to helping adults pursue their passion by earning a degree that integrates faith and learning. CCU overs over 70 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree program options 100% online.

Why Choose CCU Online?

1. Flexible schedule that fits your life.

2. Most classes are only 5 weeks long.

3. Transfer credits from another accredited school.

4. Learn vital skills from faculty with real-world experience.                                               

 

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Colorado Technical University

Type: Private For-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:4435 N Chestnut St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Since 1965 Colorado Technical University has been proud to educate career focused students to advance their education and help achieve their goals. CTU’s commitment to provide innovative, real-world education to students within Colorado, the military, across the U.S. and overseas has never wavered. 

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Davenport University

Type: Private Non-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:6191 Kraft Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Founded in 1866, Davenport is a private, non-profit university with campuses across Michigan and online serving nearly 7,500 students. Davenport provides high academic quality, small class sizes, conveniently located campuses, faculty with real-world experience and more than 80 dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs addressing in-demand careers.

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Florida Tech

Type: Private Non-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:150 W. University Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901

Advance Your Education, 100% Online.

• Regionally Accredited

• Ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and The Princeton Review

• Accomplished Faculty and Distinguished Alumni

 

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Keiser University

Type: Private Non-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:1500 NW 49th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

At Keiser University we are here to help you succeed by providing the professional and academic foundation to meet your educational goals and objectives. Keiser University continues to be a valuable partner to employers, the community, and, above all, a valued choice for students serious about their education and career.

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Los Angeles Film School

Type: Private For-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:6353 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Our goal is to prepare the next generation of creative professionals for a future in the entertainment industry. We offer degrees in Film, Audio, Animation, Music, Graphic Design and Entertainment Business. Whether you begin your journey on our Hollywood campus or choose the flexibility of online classes, our programs are designed to help you along your path.

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South University

Type: Public

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805

Education That Fits Your Life

At South University, we know that many people view getting a higher education as a milestone in life. To help more people reach this accomplishment, South University offers a supportive faculty, a diverse community, and options for learning that best support your lifestyle. Let us help you achieve a brighter future.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805. ©2022 South University. 

And SCHEV

South University, Richmond, and South University, Virginia Beach, are certified to operate in the Commonwealth of Virginia pursuant to Title 23, Chapter 21.1, §23-276.4 of the Code of Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (James Monroe Building, 101 North 14th St; Richmond, VA 23219; 804-225-2600; www.schev.edu). 

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