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Bachelor of Arts vs Bachelor of Science: Which to Choose? Find some great advice to help your young adult make the right choice.
(Michelle's note- before your child decides which one to chose, they need to decide if college is even the best options for what career they want to pursue. Read more on this topic Should I Go to College?)
Imagine a spectrum of college students: on one end, you have the student who has known since they were two days old that they wanted to be a doctor (specifically a surgeon, specializing in oncology—in case you were wondering). On the other end of the spectrum is the student who basically just knows college is a good thing and plans to get a degree in… something. Ideally, something they like, if they can figure out what that is. Then, of course, there are quite a few students who fall somewhere in the middle.
As an academic advisor, I’ve encountered students at every point of the spectrum. And while many pieces of the college and career puzzle are highly specific to each one, there is one concept in particular that comes up frequently across the board. I’ll call it, The Great Degree Type Dilemma: What is the difference between a BA and a BS, and which one should I choose?
Understanding this concept could save you some blood, sweat, and tears, whether you know what you want and just need to know the best way to get there, or are just focusing on figuring out the first right step toward… something.
So let’s talk about that.
What Is a Degree Type?
First off, let’s make sure we’re on the same page about what I’m even talking about when I refer to a “degree type.” When you ask a college student what they’re studying, they’ll usually say something like, “I’m majoring in Business,” or, “I’m studying Psychology.”
What they don’t talk about, and may not even fully understand, is what type of bachelor’s degree their major is tied to.... continue reading
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