I have considered applying to an accredited online college to get a BA in International Studies?

By | September 19, 2015

Which accredited online college is better; Thomas Edison State College, Excelsior College, Charter Oak State College, or Western Governors University of Utah; which is better for me? I plan to use the degree to get a job in Japan; Will Japan accept my degree from one of these colleges, also? Or, are there others that are more prestigious to or accepted by Japan, South Korea, or China?

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4 thoughts on “I have considered applying to an accredited online college to get a BA in International Studies?

  1. PE2008

    They’re all reputable and regionally accredited.
    Excelsior College and Western Governors U might be considered better because they’re said to be not as promiscuous in giving credit for bogus “life experience”.

    Consider also Athabasca University, which is accredited in both the USA and Canada.

  2. c

    You could do the BA in Political Science with a concentration in International Politics at Troy University online. You can even take a class on Asian Politics and Politics of Southeast Asia. The degree that you receive will be just like a degree you would receive if you attended the campus. It will not have online on the actual degree.

    There are several other Universities that now offer online degrees as well, such as the University of North Dakota and Drexel University to name a few. If you are looking to go overseas, I would suggest the Troy University degree unless you can find another reputable University that offers a online degree.

    If possible, try to stay away from those schools you mention and addition to others like University of Phoenix, Strayer and other schools that are mainly online, for profit Universities, Although they may be a lot easier to obtain a degree from, several businesses will shy away from you, unless you know someone personally in management who will hire you regardless of where you got it from. Usually a for profit school is looked down upon and I am sure you do not want to waste your time with a degree that you can’t do anything with. At least I wouldn’t want to.

    But if you do decide to take that route, hopefully the economy will be doing better and you will be able to get that job, regardless of where you go.

    Good luck with your future!

  3. Dr. ReneC

    The key is to make sure the college/university is accredited. I have three basic recommendations for everyone looking into online/distance education. They all have to do with exploring; after all, you have to defend your assets.

    1. Make certain that you have triple checked their accreditation. First, they tell you what it is, then you go to that accrediting body’s website (not through the link provided by the school), and thirdly you would visit the department of education to see what they have to say. Do your diligent research into the institutions once you have narrowed down to a couple. You can look at the Better Business Bureau for more information on the college.

    2. You must have extreme self motivation and be able to teach yourself per say. This means that you will not have someone telling you verbally, so it is up to you to get the information from the course room, text, and other resources. The best way to look at it is like a guided independent study course.

    3. Review your goals, personal and professional. Make sure that the school that you are going to offers the programs that match your goals. Do not settle. There are many programs that are similar, but you have to make the ultimate decision. Do not let it be based on finances and length of program, but the fact that when you are finished or near finished you will be able to assume your proper place in the career field sought.

    There are many traditional universities offering degrees that can be earned through online methods. Distance Learning Alliance has a list of these traditional online schools. Look at that if you are truly concerned with the name of the school. Good luck on your search!

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