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Students who wish to pursue a general academic program usually choose a four-year college or university. Such a program lays the foundation for more advanced studies and professional work. Four-year colleges* and Universities** offer bachelor's degrees (the B.A. and B.S.) in most areas in the arts and sciences, such as English literature, foreign languages, history, economics, political science, biology, zoology, chemistry, and in many other fields.

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Want some other sources of information first?

  • Learn more about the in-demand jobs in the Career Voyages industry profiles and which occupations may require a bachelor's degree by clicking one of the industries on the upper left-hand side of your screen.
  • Or, get started with the U.S. Department of Education's Think College Web site. It will help you get started navigating the sometimes confusing world of college.
  • If you already know what you're interested in and want to find a school near you, go to the College Navigator.

Whatever you decide, you are in the driver's seat!

* Four-Year Colleges: These are postsecondary schools that provide four-year educational programs in the arts and sciences. These colleges confer bachelor's degrees.

** Universities: These are postsecondary schools that include a college of arts and/or sciences, one or more programs of graduate studies, and one or more professional schools. Universities confer bachelor's, graduate and professional degrees.

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