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Future eco­nom­ics majors have sev­er­al things to take into account when it comes to pick­ing a col­lege. For those in need of a flex­i­ble pro­gram, dis­tance learn­ing is an appro­pri­ate alter­na­tive to con­sid­er. Online class­es are not nec­es­sar­i­ly eas­i­er, but the dis­tinct ben­e­fits to this edu­ca­tion­al path are worth point­ing a fin­ger towards. On-cam­pus atten­dance is restric­tive when it comes to envi­ron­ment and class time, leav­ing many stu­dents’ needs unmet. It is imper­a­tive to have options that suit your lifestyle and sched­ule so that you can enjoy the col­lege expe­ri­ence while earn­ing a degree. Stu­dents seek­ing a struc­tured, self-paced pro­gram will like­ly opt for online learning.

When get­ting down to the point of it, the advan­tages of dis­tance learn­ing are bound­less. Attend­ing school from home, along with hav­ing access to course­work at any time of day unde­ni­ably meets the needs of many stu­dents. It is essen­tial as well to address a com­mon mis­con­cep­tion when it comes to earn­ing a degree online; being less like­ly to get hired. This is not at all true, as online pro­grams receive the same accred­i­ta­tion as on-cam­pus pro­grams from rep­utable sources. Dis­tance learn­ing pro­grams are held to the same stan­dard as tra­di­tion­al ones, giv­ing grad­u­ates the same prob­a­bil­i­ty of being hired as if they took the cus­tom­ary route. For many col­leges, the same teach­ers that instruct on cam­pus also do so with online class­es, main­tain­ing a con­sis­tent stu­dent expe­ri­ence regard­less of plat­form. Anoth­er debat­ed con to online cours­es is the lack of stu­dent-to-stu­dent inter­ac­tion, sup­pos­ed­ly lim­it­ing their net­work­ing options. Par­tic­i­pa­tion with oth­er class­mates is often a manda­to­ry part of col­lege cur­ricu­lum, mak­ing this assump­tion sim­ply untrue.

Afford­abil­i­ty is an addi­tion­al aspect to exam­ine when decid­ing where to enroll. Two of the most afford­able eco­nom­ics schools are Fort Hays State Uni­ver­si­ty and Amer­i­can Pub­lic Uni­ver­si­ty Sys­tem. Fort Hays State University’s in-state tuition is an astound­ing­ly low $4,654. Its Depart­ment of Eco­nom­ics offers a BBA with a Major in Inter­na­tion­al Busi­ness and Eco­nom­ics. The depart­ment acknowl­edges the state of today’s econ­o­my and through its program’s cur­ricu­lum by giv­ing stu­dents more-than-ade­quate tools to make improve­ments and face chal­lenges head-on. Eco­nom­ics majors learn from first­hand expe­ri­ence lis­ten­ing to guest speak­ers and through intern­ships. With required cours­es such as Inter­na­tion­al Eco­nom­ics, Glob­al Busi­ness Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cul­tur­al Geog­ra­phy, and Com­par­a­tive Cul­tures and Soci­eties, stu­dents gain an in-depth under­stand­ing of dif­fer­ent cul­tures, cus­toms, pol­i­tics, and language.

In-state tuition at Amer­i­can Pub­lic Uni­ver­si­ty Sys­tem is an afford­able $6,880. The uni­ver­si­ty is accred­it­ed by the High­er Learn­ing Com­mis­sion and was rec­og­nized by the U.S. News as America’s 92nd best online bachelor’s degrees. For prospec­tive stu­dents, an under­grad­u­ate learn­ing track is offered at this school in a three-course pro­gram. The pro­gram explores the rela­tion­ship between busi­ness and eco­nom­ics and is intend­ed for under­grad­u­ate stu­dents who want to improve their mas­tery of eco­nom­ic con­cepts. Some of APUS’s required cours­es are Micro­eco­nom­ics, Macro­eco­nom­ics, and Basics of Business.


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