Need More Ideas for my Bachelor's

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by threedogs, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. threedogs

    threedogs New Member

    Brainstorming time again.

    Don't know if anyone here can help, since I'm looking for sort of the opposite of what most look for in distance learning.

    My strength is writing (maybe with some art thrown in - maybe. Or I might just need to use my creativity in other ways - at least that's the advice from my very wise son :veryhappy:). Not too great w/exams. :yikes: Between my happy-go-lucky innate slowness :slomo: & the-brain-that-freezes-under-pressure... well, I'd rather write a fifty page paper any day, IF I can identify with the subject I'm writing about. I also need to take my time with my remaining credits, rather than try to rush to get it all over. That's just my nature, and I prefer to go along with the way I was made, because the results are never nice when I don't.

    In fact - what I'd like to do for the rest of my credits (should I choose not to accept the mission I had already decided to embark upon) is to write intensely about something I feel passionate about.

    Is this impossible to find in an affordable (please skip the $1000 per credit schools, unless they want to give me 100% scholarship $$) undergraduate program - AND find it online? I've looked at a couple of low residency BFA's in Creative Writing, but what I saw was too expensive for me. Not even sure if it's creative writing I'm looking for... sigh.. what am I looking for??? :banghead:

    Ethnic studies. Genocide. The Holocaust. The why's behind abuse and genocide. Yeah - light subjects like that. Few if any exams. And - won't cost an arm & a leg. Clark Univeristy has an amazing program BUT they are very expensive AND not online. I'd have to move to Worcester - well, that's on the back burner, at least for now, in case I want to try for their PhD. But for now...

    Probably a Master's program disguised as a Bachelor's. Intense. Covering one subject in depth, for months.

    That's all I ask. :crazy: In other words, what seems to be the impossible.

    Any ideas? Besides ROTFL, please.
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  3. threedogs

    threedogs New Member

    Wow - that program sounds incredible. Will file it away for when I'm ready for my Master's.

    Might take you up on that lunch! My son & I (can't do it on my own - yet, so he's stuck w/me til he goes away to whatever 4 yr college he chooses) We've actually been considering the Worcester area (rent is cheaper than Boston & surroundings), if we can't get an apt. that's affordable close to B-town. I have a friend in Fitchburg & I'm asking him to keep an eye out for me, but since one of my daughters lives in CT, I'd first look closer to the Pike.

    Family is everything to me.
  4. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    AND you'd get to be surrounded by Woo-rats! Sorry, my girlfriend went to Holy Cross and that's how she affectionately refers to Worcester residents.

    To the OP's original question, it sounds like a degree in anthropology might be a good fit for you.
  5. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Can't sleep.

    Sure, if you're hangin' at the Cross then I guess that's cool. It might be different if you're at Worcester State or Worcester Poly Tech or Assumption or Anna Maria or Becker or Clark. You know, all those Worcester schools. I'm sure they've all got names they use. Me . . . I just called them "those Wista Chicks." :joke:
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  6. CornCod

    CornCod New Member

    Hmmm. A BA in perhaps Liberal Arts or Liberal Studies. Maybe an interdisciplinary program in the Social Sciences?
  7. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    I think you should consider psychology or at least one of the social sciences. First off, you get to do a of writing. You won't be doing multiple choice tests, you'll be doing extensive essay and research papers using APA style. You'll hear people complain about the APA writing, it can be a deterrent for some people. I enjoy writing, so it was an excellent fit for me. Secondly, you study the "why" of behavior. There are a zillion specialty areas, and it sounds like you might like Social Psychology (my favorite too). The down side is that in order to make a living in psychology, you'd likely have to do into a helping profession, and that wasn't for me. There are, of course, extensive PhD researchers and you could do your thesis/dispesertation on something that you are specifically interested in (ethnic studies, genocide, death camps). That track might allow you to teach. There are some options in private industry (industrial psych) but that's a pretty competitive track. Psychology is a HUGE field academically, but a NARROW field for employment options.

    I also second the suggestion for social science, but you'd be less employable in a specific field. My undergrad degree was in Social Science from TESC which is 48 SS credits in all. I divided mine ~21 psych credits, ~15 soc credits, 9 criminal justice, and 3 anthropology. They allow you to do it anyway you'd like though, as long as you split it between 2 or more areas.
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  9. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Colorado State University - Pueblo has some degrees that can be completed using their large amount of self-paced courses. Tuition for the self-paced courses is $150/credit. They don't accept very many CLEP, so as long as you aren't planning on using too many of those, I think they offer a great option for you.

    Also, Utah State University offers a degree in Communicative Disorders. Not self-pace, and about $100 more per credit than the ENMU degree you are now looking at, but it is another option :)

    At this point, are you sure that you don't want any of the Big 3? The fees are definitely steep, but you can get your credits from a large amount of places- whatever suits you best- and can wait to enroll until you have all of your transfer credits ready. For me, I am considering Excelsior as my online "safety school." If for some reason, there is a huge wrench thrown in my degree plan, they are flexible enough with credit acceptance that I know I can finish up with them, almost no matter what happens :) Plus, they offer a wide variety of degrees, so you should be able to find something you are interested in.
  10. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Incredibly interesting! I was at one point thinking of the Utah State University program, and jumped when I found out about the much cheaper ENMU degree.

    *Sigh* Unlike threedogs, however, I'm not looking to pace myself too much. I won't overload on courses, but I also don't want to be stuck on a degree that would take me a full three years to complete the 54 required credits in the major (limited to 6 credits per semester), while currently being a bachelorless professional. It would be a bit better if I could get them to waive the sign language courses. Hmm, now I'm doing nothing more than typing my random thoughts onto a forum post. They will think you are crazy, Maniac, so you better stop it now.
  11. threedogs

    threedogs New Member

    I found that highly amusing - can not imagine myself, at my age, to be classified as any type of "chick." :tongue1: Would also think of myself as researchin', rather than 'hangin'... haha
  12. threedogs

    threedogs New Member

    That's my current major.

    I think what is getting me is, I need some more human interaction than just total online classes. Realized that when I visited the UMass Boston open house yesterday.

    I also came to realize how exhausting something like that is for me, when I woke up this morning feeling like I was hit by a mack truck, run over, dragged about 70 miles .... sore & exhausted. My limitations have always been so very frustrating for me.

    Have had classes in Psych, Social Psych, and Criminal Justice. I enjoyed them all. Was thrilled when I talked to someone fr the Anthropology Dept at UMass yesterday to find that a couple of Anthropology instructors who might let me sit on their classes (w/space allowed, of course), since I have few credits left for financial aid (just about nothing for electives).

    I was pretty thrilled w/my options of possibly going there when I returned yesterday. I really need to go there, talk to people in the dept I'm interested in, and find out exactly what would happen if my health got worse for a period & I missed classes. Very important!
  13. threedogs

    threedogs New Member

    Ah, but my future advisor at ENMU told me that, if I needed to, I could major in anything else, and just take the prereqs for the SLP graduate programs. Also something I'm considering... (although, I really don't need yet another option to ponder over, making my indecision even less concrete!)
  14. threedogs

    threedogs New Member

    I'm not sure about much of anything!

    Yes, the Big Three are also my net of safety schools, in case my other options don't pan out. Just that it seemed as though they leaned more towards the CLEP and other testing options - I hate tests.
  15. threedogs

    threedogs New Member

    Yeah, that's what I've been doing. Sort of blech, but then again, there weren't very many options for interesting classes.
  16. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  17. threedogs

    threedogs New Member

    Thanks so much, Kismet. Looks like Winston-Salem charges out of state for Distance Learning (at least that's what it looks like fr the link to their chart), so I won't be looking into that program. The UMass Amherst UWW is something I've been interested in for awhile... not really sure at this point. After attending the open house on campus at UMass Boston, I'm wishing I could attend at least some of my classes on campus. After today, though, I know that with my health issues, that won't happen unless I can move much closer (a possibility, though).

    I haven't actually spoken to anyone at the UWW office yet. My main focus of my question here isn't totally what to study - it's also how it's studied. Most online classes - heck, most reg. classes - don't have the focus and flexibility I'm looking for, nor are they more writing-based than exam-based.

    The program that sounds great is in the College of Public and Community Service at UMass Boston. I want to focus on how I can help people in other ways than is usually considered - such as writing, or in administrative work. (Need to work around my health issues). Plus, I could always take the pre-reqs for a Speech Language Pathology Masters afterwards (if I end up not getting a job upon graduating fr this bachelor's program.

    Sounds like something that would really appeal to me (best of both worlds) - I was thrilled & totally psyched yesterday when I returned home, as a matter of fact. But I need to clear up two factors - how I could live in a decent place nearby (anyone who knows UMass Boston knows that it's not exactly in the best of all areas, and kinda stuck out there), and also how we'd deal with the possibility of my missing classes if (when?) I was in too much pain or too fatigued to make it to class. I spoke to the Dean yesterday - "Cuf" (he was terrific, very helpful, down-to-earth and the info he gave me really 'clicked' w/who I am. Felt as though I really found a home - then my nagging health issued cropped up today. Honestly, I've slept almost all day, pain has been through the roof. It was a lot for me to do yesterday - I need to pace myself, work up to extending what I normally do, and I didn't do it yesterday.

    Yet - we had SO much fun.

    If I can make it there this week, going to spend some time talking to people. I don't have to rush things - in fact, it would be better for me to start in September (as far as any monies beyond the Pell Grant go - and I'd need all I could get if I go to any program in the UMass system!)
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