Mashable — College degrees are the latest generation of job opportunities for college grads, but the ones we make are just as likely to come with high costs.
While they may be easy to navigate, they’re also a huge barrier to entry.
Here are some tips for creating your own college degree in the age of the app.
Create a unique, highly specialized curriculum, like a doctorate in medicine or a master’s in science.
“You can go into this field and say, ‘Well, we need a Ph.
D. in this field,'” says Emily Sosnow, director of education at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville.
“But what if we had to go and create that program from scratch?”
She recommends creating a “college curriculum” that is specialized in each subject and then “creating a specific curriculum, and then creating a specific set of standards that you apply to that.”
In this case, a doctor, a master in science, and a master of business are all examples.
“That is going to give you a different set of expectations for the degree,” she says.
“And that will help create a really interesting and unique experience.”
The goal is to create an experience that is “unique, highly professionalized, and specific to the field that you’re entering into.”
Sosoff says you can use this curriculum as an example of what a new program like the Bachelor of Science in Nursing or the Bachelor’s in Business Administration might look like.
Create an academic program that can handle a lot of different majors and minors.
“I think that’s one of the biggest challenges in creating a college degree is that the majors and the minors that we are entering into are very different,” says Sosun.
“In my experience, if you have a degree in law, that is going, in most cases, to be an entry-level position, and if you are entering an area that’s more specialized, in the area of psychology, that’s going to be a high-level professional position.”
You might want to create courses in business, social work, or a related field like anthropology or public health, to help diversify your majors and/or minors.
Create curriculum that focuses on your specific needs.
“For me, I want a degree that is specific to my needs,” says Nellie Egan, a senior vice president for admissions at the university of Louisville and the author of the college curriculum book, The College Degree: A Step-by-Step Guide.
Egan’s favorite courses are “social sciences and humanities” and “economics, economics, and the humanities.”
“I don’t think that there is a specific number of students that you can enroll in those,” she adds.
“There’s just one person who needs to be able to be that person and have access to those skills.”
Egan also says she has seen students enter into degrees like the Associate of Arts in Social Work and the Bachelor in Business Management who have excelled in their fields.
“If you have those skills, you are going to have a better chance of getting into those programs,” she advises.
Set a minimum GPA.
The minimum GPA at most colleges is 3.0.
If you don’t have a high GPA, Egan says, “You’re not going to get the job placement, you’re not getting the placement at that particular program.”
If you have low GPAs, you will likely find that “you’re just going to fall through the cracks.”
If that’s the case, “I’d just look for something that’s lower than the 3.5 that I would expect to get in those areas,” she suggests.
She also suggests looking for a program that has a GPA below 3.8, so you can have a chance at getting into programs like the associate of arts in social work or the master of art in social policy.
Choose a specific degree and focus on it.
“My personal experience has been that students tend to pick the most challenging degree because it’s the one that has the most exposure to their field,” Egan explains.
“They may choose that first-year program because it has the least amount of exposure to what they need to do.”
Ssosnow says she doesn’t think a specific college program is necessarily the best fit for everyone.
“It depends on the type of program you’re looking for,” she admits.
“Some programs may be more about making the connections and making the plans to transfer to a program.
Others might be more geared toward the professional, professional-focused student that you are.”
Set your major.
“One of the things that I really like about doing the college course, which is where I make the most money, is that you get to choose your major,” Egon says.
She recommends a major in business administration.
“What that does for you is, if there’s any opportunities that you’ve had