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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is a degree?
2. What is the difference between a degree and a diploma?
3. What is dual degree?
4. What are credits?
5. How many credit hours make up a degree?
6. What happens to my credits when I change majors?
7. What is a major and what is a minor?
8. What is a dual major?
9. How should I choose my major?
10. What are the various courses that I can choose to major in?
11. What are the most popular majors?
12. Is an MBA degree worth it?
13. What majors come under Fine Art?
14. What is a Liberal Art Program?
15. Are some majors more expensive than others ?

 



1. What is a degree? The term ‘Degree' refers to the level of education that you have completed or wish to pursue in your academic career. One can pursue a Bachelor's or an Associate or a Master's or a Ph.D. degree. <up>
 




2. What is the difference between a degree and a diploma? A degree is a recognized qualification. A diploma on the other hand is not recognized and is generally awarded to students who major in a technical or vocational field. Most students find the need to return back to college and secure a degree as the diploma is often an inadequate qualification for some of the best jobs. In the United States an associate degree is equivalent to a diploma. <up>
 




3. What is dual degree? Generally, a student must apply and complete one degree at a time. Some Universities do have provisions for students to complete two degrees at the same time. For example the Engineering Management program allows the student to complete both the Bachelor's and Master's degree in a 5-year program at the same University rather than in the actual six years that it would otherwise take. However very few colleges offer this possibility. <up>
 




4. What are credits? The credit system, until recently has been unique to the US education system. It is devised to give 'points' for lectures attended. For instance, if a student takes one paper in Economics that is worth three credits, it means that she will attend lectures in Economics three hours a week for the whole semester. The three hours maybe divided into three lectures, two lectures, or one three-hour seminar session. Credits eventually are added and must meet the minimum of 30 credit hours per academic year. Hence in a bachelor's degree a student has to achieve 120 credits. If each subject/paper is equal to 3 credits then the student would have to do 40 papers in 4 years! Different courses have different credit hours ranging from one, two or three credits. <up>
 




5. How many credit hours make up a degree? Full time students usually complete 30 credit hours per academic year. A bachelor's degree is equivalent to minimum 120 credit hours while a Master's program is equivalent to minimum 36 credit hours. <up>
 




6. What happens to my credits when I change majors? If you change majors after admissions your transferable course credit should remain fairly intact. However, because you may need extra or different preparation for a new major, some of the courses you have taken may now be useful only as an elective. <up>
 




7. What is a major and what is a minor? As a student you are required to complete 30 credit hours in an academic year. You could choose to major in the field of Computer Science. This is the subject in which you take core courses. Apart from your core courses you are allowed to take electives in any other subject of your choice, which may or may not be related to your major – for example creative writing or philosophy or business studies. These electives form your minor subject. <up>
 




8. What is a dual major? The term dual refers to ‘two'. Hence a dual major means pursuing two majors at a time. Students have the option of pursuing a dual major. In India students may decide to do a Sociology – Economic double major or a Biochemistry – Life Sciences double major. Similarly in the United States you can pursue a double major. A dual major is when you pursue a degree, which requires you to take classes from 2 different departments. <up>
 




9. How should I choose my major? Choosing a program of study in which you wish to major in after high school is a difficult choice. The simplest method is to choose the subject that interests you the most and co-relate it with the job prospects after graduation. Once you are enrolled in college, you will learn about fields that you have never studied about in high school as well as discover ones that you have already been exposed to. If you are unsure about what field you would like to study and ultimately pursue as a career or about the type of program you would like to take it is wise to enroll at a college that has a variety of courses. On the other hand if you are sure of your major or basic area of study that you plan to pursue at college it is important that you select an institution that provides a strong foundation in that program. <up>
 




10. What are the various courses that I can choose to major in? There are wide ranges of courses that you can choose from. You could pursue a major in Music or Film or a degree in Physics or Engineering. <up>
 




11. What are the most popular majors? In today's fiercely competitive and global environment students with a business or computer science major are the most sought after professionals. Besides, these jobs have the highest level of mobility and the knowledge gained can be applied to any organization across the world. <up>
 




12. Is an MBA degree worth it? An MBA degree is your key to some of the highest positions in the corporate world. It is an investment that will keep paying you rich dividends at all times in your career. Above all the MBA degree will give you global access to some of the most challenging jobs in the industry. Almost every student recovers the cost of their MBA degree within a couple of years after graduation. Hence, yes though expensive the MBA degree is definitely worth your while. <up>
 




13. What majors come under Fine Art? Ceramics, Painting, Drawing or Sketching, Photography, Sculpture and Printmaking are some of the popular majors that come under the field of Fine Arts. <up>
 




14. What is a Liberal Art Program? A Liberal Art program includes majors such as psychology, philosophy, life sciences and foreign languages. Generally the business and computer science program also fall under the category of liberal arts. <up>
 




15. Are some majors more expensive than others? Yes. Some majors are more expensive than others. The costs of the materials that you use are related to your course costs. For example an Engineering course may be more expensive than an English major. Fashion Designing, Photography, Interior Design and Film Studies are some of the most expensive majors. <up>

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