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Old 08-16-2009, 12:08 AM
 
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Default Does your major in a community college really matter?

Just wondering.

I'm 99% sure I'll be getting my Master's degree to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Depending on where I go to school for my Bachelor's, I might be getting that degree in SLP as well. Not sure yet. I have read that it's beneficial but I could also just get a degree in Psychology or something else and still be fine in grad school.

So, here I am now, attending classes at a community college and I'm a little more than half way to an Associate's Degree at this point, credit wise. My major was Liberal Arts, then here recently I changed to Anthropology. Does it really matter much?? The school doesn't offer much that will help in the SLP department aside from the obvious Biology and A&P classes anyway. I will end up with the same gen. ed credits at any rate.

I guess I might as well get the Associate's even if I am going to transfer but does it matter what the 2 year degree is awarded for, in the grand scheme of things, if I have no intention of stopping at that point?

I'm wondering about all this because the school has certain programs that are favored and they are always offering perks for this or that major, such as Education, or Computer Science, or Child Development... or they have certain opportunities available only to those in certain programs. Education majors, for example, get textbook assistance (loaners or extra money or both), ease of registration (no lines, they say) loaner laptops, and so on. Certain majors are afforded certain scholarship opportunities. What difference does it all make if you're just going on to a University anyway?
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Old 08-16-2009, 04:25 AM
 
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I dont know if it makes a difference, I was going to do a 2+2 transfer instead of an associates degree. However the associates was like two or three additional classes, so I did it. Have you spoken to a counselor?
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Old 08-16-2009, 04:30 AM
 
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I have no idea how Texas rolls but when I was in CC it was either a AA or an AS. I don't really see how anyone could "major" beyond that.
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:55 PM
 
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Well I just looked at my credits compared to the various degrees offered and I am closest at this point to an AA in Psychology.

I just wonder how many of the "Education majors" at school, getting loaner laptops and textbook assistance and so forth, have any real intention of following through with an Education major BEYOND community college?

In looking at the transfer criteria for schools I'm interested in after community college, it seems like any degree will do as long as I take enough Biology and A&P stuff.

I'm guessing it doesn't matter too much, at least not in my case. I am planning on a degree in Speech Language Pathology and the community college offers very little (one or two classes) that relate to that degree.

Yes, I've seen a counselor, again and again and again. lol.
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:59 PM
 
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Go to A & M San Antonio near Palo Alto College on Gillette. Talk to their advisors. This is a very small campus and they may have what you are looking for. Its a great college!
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Old 08-16-2009, 01:58 PM
 
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Well, it can matter, but it will depend on the major and the uni you are transferring to. Many majors require pre-reqs that go in sequential order. So, I think it's a good idea to figure out what your uni major will be and plan at CC accordingly.
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Old 08-16-2009, 02:55 PM
 
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I don't think it will matter as long as you take all of the prerequisites you need to transfer over. If you want to go straight into your 3rd yr of college, make sure you take the right classes. Look at the core requirements for the college you want to go to, as well as the prerequisite courses for your intended major. Generally, an AA will give you more in the way of transfer credit, where an AS is intended for vocational preparation, but that is not to say an AS does not have some or many transferable courses.
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Old 08-16-2009, 03:21 PM
 
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I don't think it will matter as long as you take all of the prerequisites you need to transfer over. If you want to go straight into your 3rd yr of college, make sure you take the right classes. Look at the core requirements for the college you want to go to, as well as the prerequisite courses for your intended major. Generally, an AA will give you more in the way of transfer credit, where an AS is intended for vocational preparation, but that is not to say an AS does not have some or many transferable courses.
An AS can include the first two years of a science degree if planned correctly. But, not all CC's offer required early undergrad work.
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:03 PM
 
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It probably won't make any difference in the long run. Make sure to take electives that will transfer (i.e. don't take basket weaving). And don't discount what you do choose. An education related major might help down the road if you want to work in a school system. Psychology is useful in any career dealing with people. Liberal Arts will give you more flexibility to try different electives (that's what I did).
Best of luck!
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