Well, if you look at a lot of majors they require something like 120 credit hours, sometimes up to 128 (I think engineering at my school is 128). For 120, that’s an average of 15 credit hours a semester, or roughly 5 courses. Depending on your major, that’s either easily doable or almost impossible. For example, majors like engineering are time intensive and difficult. Doing 15-16 hours a semester is a TON of work, and a lot of people get overwhelmed with this. The only people I know who do 15+ hours a semester as engineering are ones who take 3-4 actual engineering classes then 1-2 “fluff” classes, or basically the classes like history and art appreciation that my college requires to make their students more “well rounded”. On the flip side, I’ve known plenty of English majors who have graduate in 4 years, with plenty of electives to choose from. I don’t believe their college requires as many credit hours, and their classes are not as time intensive. So taking 15-18 is much more manageable usually.
That’s assuming you don’t change majors ever. If you do, a lot of times some credits will not count towards your degree. So if you change majors 2 years in, and “lose” 15, you lost one semester. Depending on what the major switch was, you could lose more. For example, if you switch to engineering, almost all of your work from whatever major you were previous does not count for anything. Meaning, you pretty much restart. Unless your major made you take basic chemistry, physics, and some math classes. This is because engineering (at least at my school) has basically 128 credits of “engineering” coursework, and no electives. However, switching from engineering to another college usually doesn’t set you back as far. Most colleges allow electives, and whatever classes you took for your major a lot of times can transfer as electives. That means you don’t have “free classes” to choose now, but at least you’re not set back too much.
I don’t know how long it will take you. From what I know of criminal justice, it is not considered one of the more time intensive majors so I would say you could do it in 4 years. Pay attention to your academic plan (not just next semester, but look ahead 4, 5+ semesters) and see how many credits you would need to take each semester to graduate. Have a plan, and talk to your academic advisor about it early. Look into taking a summer class or two each summer, at least for the first summer or 2. If you take summer classes, it gets much easier to graduate early. In one summer I got 12 credits done, which is almost a normal semester of work for me.[/quote]
Agreed, seems like alot of people go to college just to “go to college” cause it’s just what you’re supposed to do after high school. I think this is the wrong attitude and you end up with “undecided” majors or people switching majors, wasting time and money. Better off to have the attitude of getting a certain degree like engineering and go to college to achieve that goal.
That way things like summer school help you get to that goal faster. Even taking one class over the summer helps so much. BTW, you can even take summer classes before you start as freshmen.
Also I’ve known plenty of people that just want to hang out and put off adulthood and spend well over 4 years getting liberal arts degrees, psychology, etc because they are really easy and they end up with tons of free time. But they are prob the ones that will end up complaining they can’t get a job even with “a degree” because of the economy…