Originally Posted by Shirleythebetta
Has anyone else on here had to take mandatory classes at the University level to get a degree? I am wondering if my University is unique as a private University or if this is a normal thing. There are some classes I can drop but others are mandatory to the state and the college.
Also I wish I could afford a house keeper -_- who specializes in tank cleaning and pooper scooping.
Nope. That's the difference between a BA/MA and a BS/MS.
A BS/MS is from a school with a core curriculum. Most of the core curriculum schools I was looking at had a lot of manditory classes that seemed to get in the way of me studying Japanese while majoring in Chemistry. So I don't know much more about core schools because it seemed like I would have less say in what I took in college than I had when I picked classes for my senior year in high school.
A BA/MA is from a liberal arts school which means there are no core classes but class that are put into general categories. As long as you get the right mix of classes to fill requirements for each category your fine. At my school the categories were Physical Science, Social Science, and Humanities. You could take any classes (except electives for majors and intro languages) to earn the needed amount of credits in that area to graduate. Going to a liberal arts school is the only reason I was able to study abroad in Japan for a semester while majoring in Chemistry.
However, I'm not sure if some states have core classes that even liberal arts schools have to force their students to take. My experience may be due to the fact I only researched colleges and universities on the east coast and earned my BA and MA in Connecticut.