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Old 03-15-2012, 09:35 AM
 
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For my personal intellectual enrichment, I have decided to pursue a 2nd bachelors in a liberal art. I'm not doing this for career prospects... Why a bachelors instead of a masters? Because bachelor level classes are tend me to fun and less challenging. The major I'm considering is either psychology, sociology, history or literature.

For now, I'm taking as many classes as I can at the local community college. When the time comes, I'll need to eventually transfer to another university. I prefer either SMU (for reputation) or UTD (for convenience).

Down the line, I plan on getting my MBA. I'm pretty set on SMU over UTD because of the networking opportunities from SMU despite the high price tag.

My question is, for what I'm considering, which is preferred for an undergrad, SMU or UTD?

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Old 03-15-2012, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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If you are doing this for "fun" it's very difficult to justify the high price tag of SMU.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:03 AM
 
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Yeah, thats a good point... unless I qualify for a scholarship, I'll stick with UTD.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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SMU. There's no comparison. Especially in the liberal arts field, the quality of the SMU faculty combined with the vastly better campus experience blows UTD out of the water. It's an amazing place to get a degree. UTD is a commuter school that has just barely reached respectability in a few areas, liberal arts not being one of them.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Houston (Bellaire)
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UTD is a commuter school that has just barely reached respectability in a few areas, liberal arts not being one of them.
That's an interesting assessment considering that the quality of the student bodies at SMU and UTD is very comparable in terms of SAT/ACT scores, GPA/class rank, and selectivity. I won't argue that UTD is strong in liberal arts because it's not, but to suggest the school has "barely reached respectability" is a bit of a reach especially when comparing to the likes of SMU.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:20 AM
 
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I agree with jr1038. UTD is a great school, especially for the sciences. Many would argue that students would get same or even better education there instead of uber expensive SMU.

And UNT or UTA are not options for OP?
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:25 AM
 
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This is no contest - go to SMU and get the masters - it's a longtime degree program which holds night classes and has reduced tuition. It was formed to engage the community in the university. I know this program has been around at least 35 years.

See: http://smu.edu/education/liberalstud...20Fall2011.pdf
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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Masters in Liberal Studies looks interesting... Thanks for the link, Lakewooder.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:56 PM
 
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I agree with jr1038. UTD is a great school, especially for the sciences. Many would argue that students would get same or even better education there instead of uber expensive SMU.

And UNT or UTA are not options for OP?
Both UNT and UTA are too distant for me. I live in the upper northern suburbs, which is still far from Denton. But I work in Richardson, which is very close to UTD but not too far from SMU.

I would consider UTA or UNT if they had a distant learning program...
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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I think TWU may have some online options for programs like the Bachelor of General Studies. Maybe another option for OP.
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