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Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Bachelor’s degree programs are the typical 4-year academic degrees awarded by colleges and universities, both traditional and online. Although there are numerous others, the two most common degrees are the bachelor of arts, which is most common in the humanities, and the bachelor of science, which is generally awarded in the sciences. This entry describes these programs and discusses reasons why bachelor of science degrees are much more common among online educational institutions, especially those that are owned by for-profit corporations.

Most bachelor’s degrees require 4 years of full-time coursework to complete, though some may require a longer time period. Variation in the length to completion can also be accounted to other factors, including the student’s ability to focus on education instead of on other priorities, ...

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