3-Year Bachelor’s

I know many people who finished their degrees in three years. With schools struggling to keep their graduation averages below six, the idea of offering a year-round, three-year bachelor’s seems both timely and questionable.

I don’t know that it has a lot to do with English per se, but the school being talked of is my father’s alma mater, so I have more than a passing interest in the discussion.

Students here have a choice of only three bachelor’s degrees, developed with an eye on jobs that meet the surrounding area’s workforce needs: service-industry management, community development and sustainability, and entrepreneurship.

Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays, instead of five days a week. Students take only three courses at a time, with each course compressed into 10 weeks instead of 16-week semesters. Students go to school year-round, getting a week or two off at a time for a total of seven weeks. The accelerated schedule allows them to finish a bachelor’s degree, with 120 credits, in three years.

From Arizona Central.

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