Bachelor’s degree in less than four years

For as long as I can remember, a standard bachelor’s degree required completion of 120 credit hours that were spread out over four years (“College Doesn’t Need to Take Four Years,” The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 3).  Occasionally, a few students would compress the time it took to 3 ½ years by going to summer school and taking more than five classes per semester.  But they were exceptions.

With tuition showing no signs of slowing, I think it’s time to allow students to get their degrees in three years.  They can do so particularly in vocational areas by letting them earn credits from technical or trade colleges.  There is no reason that 120 credit hours should remain the sole basis. Count only those credit hours directly pertinent to the major.

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