University Degree – A Must For The Knowledge Revolution

At one time a university degree offered a competitive advantage. Today it has almost become a necessity. We need specialised knowledge and skills in order to survive and a university education provides the basis.

A university degree is not a single product. There are numerous ways of classifying the degrees on offer. The most common classification is based on the extent of study required to obtain the degree. The simplest degree is the Associate Degree. Unfortunately it does not have much worth. All it says that you did come here but did not get to first base. For all practical purposes the first base is the Bachelor’s Degree, which signifies the completion of undergraduate studies. On completion of postgraduate studies the Master’s Degree is awarded. Further studies and research results in the Doctorate Degree, which is commonly known as the Ph.D. Acquisition of this degree signifies that one has reached the cutting edge of knowledge.

Another way of classifying a university degree is according the stream of knowledge. There are science degrees offered in subjects such as physics, chemistry and mathematics. Engineering degrees are offered in electrical, civil, chemical and other disciplines of engineering. Arts degrees are offered in music, religion, fashion design and a host of similar subjects. The social sciences degrees include political science, law and sociology. The list is virtually endless and includes information technology, business, healthcare and many more.

The online university is gaining popularity. The evolution of the Internet technology with instantaneous transmission, electronic data storage and worldwide connectivity has powered the proliferation of the online university. Its major advantage is that the need to be physically present on the university campus is done away with. It therefore also allows for a flexible study schedule. It is popular with people who are already working, but need the additional university degree to enhance their employment potential. They cannot leave their jobs and would be uncomfortable in the physical presence of much younger students.
The online university has come to stay.


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* This video is an introduction of C. Wright Mills concept of the sociological imagination. Understanding and being able to exercise the sociological imagination helps us understand the relationship between the individual and society. Mills focuses on the distinction of personal troubles and public issues. For example, exercising is not just a personal behavior but is vastly influenced by society. The example of obesity in the United States is used to help explain this concept. Further examination of the sociological imagination can be found on page 6 in the text Sociology 2e by OpenStax College.

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