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Decoding the course v/s college debate

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What is more important? A good college or a preferred course? Choosing between the two choices is a common dilemma faced by most prospective university students. 

College is an essential part of a student’s academic background 𑁋  ideally, it should offer reputed professors, a lot of internship opportunities, adequate alumni connections, and a good brand name value. A course, on the other hand, provides a specialised skill set that is designed for the student’s chosen professional career path. Choosing between these two crucial choices is confusing. This article will help make this decision easier by breaking down the difference between opting for the right course or a prominent college.

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If a student wants to achieve a particular professional goal that requires specific skills, then a course is more important than a college. For example, an aspiring therapist will benefit from pursuing Psychology. On the other hand, if the student chooses to study in a more reputable college but compromises on their degree of choice, they will get deflected from their professional path. 

However, some students don’t have a fixed career path and want to go to college for better networking or their future career does not demand a specific degree. This opens up their option of choosing a reputed college over a course. For example, a student interested in Humanities has a wide variety of courses like History, English, Philosophy to choose from.

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Similarly, an aspiring journalist does not necessarily have to take a Mass Media course since getting a job in this field requires related internships and a good portfolio.

What if you already chose a course you do not like?

Fortunately, many western universities offer transfer opportunities to students who want to change their major. Most of these colleges accept transfers from other universities as well.

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The University of Delhi allows selected students to transfer colleges, not courses. So, choosing the desired course is more appropriate in universities that function similarly.

Alternate ways to choose a course v/s college is to select undergraduate courses that allow its students to explore different campuses. The Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) at Delhi University offers B.A. (Honors) Humanities and Social Sciences where one can opt for various courses and college campuses for four semesters. This allows students who are more academically flexible or have careers that permit varied courses to explore several disciplines. 

What would you choose 𑁋 a dream college or a desirable course?

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