This is my degree plan, exactly how I filled the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts at Thomas Edison State University. You can no longer follow my plan exactly since FEMA courses are no longer accepted. But, as far as I know, everything else in my plan is still good: the CLEPs, DSSTs, and the ALEKS course I used to fill my math requirement. School policy does constantly change so it would be worthwhile to confirm with Thomas Edison, especially any other school, before getting carried away in your test taking. But no matter what, you still have to complete your general requirements. Where you need to be more detail oriented is when filling upper level requirements. Exams that were once worth upper level credit may no longer be.
Nothing beats a liberal arts degree in flexibility. You don’t have to do a lot of specialization in one area, so you can draw upon several different exams to fill requirements. Other degrees I know of, such as history, business management, and psychology, require tests or actual courses outside of CLEP and DSST exams. I was informed, when finishing my remaining tests, that I was eligible for a degree in social science. But changing my degree plan would have required me to pay more and take a capstone course, a requirement that was enacted not long after enrolling and choosing my major at Thomas Edison. So I stuck to liberal arts. At first I regretted this, thinking a degree with “science” in it would appear more respectable, but now I don’t give a damn, nor has it made a difference in my life.
Do what’s best for you, though. My plan for the future only required that I had a degree, a check mark I could place on my resume and get me a working visa in Japan. If you want more information on degree plans, search “history degree plan degreeforum,” or any other degree. That’s what I did when putting together mine.
Liberal Arts Outline
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. English Composition 6
B. Humanities 12
C. Social Sciences (2 subject areas) 12
D. Natural Sciences and Mathematics 12
E. General Education Electives 18
CLEP Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present (3)
II. Area of Study: Liberal Studies 33
A. Maximum 6 credits at 100 level
B. Between 9 and 15 credits at 200 level
C. Minimum 18 credits at 300 & 400 level
III. Free Electives 27
A. FEMA courses…………………….(22)