Purdue University starts 3-year liberal arts degree program

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Purdue University officials have announced a new initiative for liberal arts students that would allow them to complete their bachelor's degrees in three years.

It's called the "Degree in 3" initiative. All 10 academic schools and departments within the liberal arts college are offering majors that can be finished in three years. About 23 of the 43 bachelor of arts degrees are available in the accelerated format. Degrees include law and society, political science and sociology.

Dean of Liberal Arts David Reingold says he likes the initiative because it allows students to move into their careers faster and save a year's worth of tuition.

Reingold says the program won't be a good fit for everyone because students will be in school year-round in order to complete the required 120 credit hours.

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