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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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Research Nuts and Bolts

How do you evaluate departments? Consider approaching the task as if you were researching a term paper. The more sources you use, the better. Once you’ve immersed yourself in the issues that involve teaching a particular major, whether it’s biology, sociology, or occupational therapy, the better able you’ll be to tell what’s important and what’s just fluff when you focus on departments of particular schools.

Individual schools shouldn’t be your only source of information about majors. After all, they will almost certainly insist they are academically superior. In this chapter, then, you’ll find outside sources to help you ultimately do a bang-up job of learning how different majors are taught and evaluating academic departments. ...

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