Degrees with Majors vs. Concentration

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by ambradfo, Aug 16, 2004.

  1. ambradfo

    ambradfo New Member

    I've been reading through several of the posts on this forum and others about COSC degrees versus TESC and Excelsior. And apparently COSC doesn't offer a major.

    Can anyone explain the advantages and disadvantages?


  2. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    There isn't much difference. I have a B.A. from USNY (now Excelsior) with a concentration in Sociology. The actual degree major is Liberal Arts, but it is the concentration that matters. (Actually, neither do; that 2nd bachelor's hasn't mattered).

    A concentration differs from a major usually in design. Whereas a major has a defined set of courses, a concentration is normally more liberal regarding which courses can be taken; one must have enough courses and at sufficient levels, but the actual courses themselves are not necessarily specified.

    I have a Ph.D. from Union in Interdisciplinary studies, as do all graduates of Union these days who do not specifically come out of the School of Professional Psychology. My concentration was in Higher Education and my specialization was in Nontraditional Higher Ed. I usually tell people I got a Ph.D. in Higher Ed. Sometimes, when it's relevant, I mention that I specialized in Nontraditional Higher Ed. Ironically, I got my current position in part because of the Interdisciplinary Studies part, not the Higher Ed. Go figure.

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