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Old 04-20-2011, 11:50 PM   #1
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I'm finally going to try to finish my degree, and I'm availing myself of the "adult" college of the State University of New York: Empire State College.

This is a working-persons' oriented university that is very flexible in its degree plans. About 3 weeks ago when I was accepted, I told my wife "I think they design degrees. I'm going to ask if I can create a brewing degree."

She laughed at me.

Today I went to see my "mentor" to get the ball rolling, and the first thing she explained was that the history curriculum can be structured towards any topic that includes college-level learning possibilities. I sheepishly asked, "Any way that can include beer brewing?" We talked about it for 10 minutes and came to the conclusion that not only was it an AWESOME idea for my studies, but one that should take multiple paths to include the business, political, scientific, and technological aspects of brewing.

So about 45-50 credits from now, I will have an Interdisciplinary Bachelors Degree in Brewing History and Science (exact title pending) from the State University of New York, Empire State!
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:56 PM   #2
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awesome if you need source material for anything, don't forget my beer history sites thread. It even has historical links on brewing techniques.
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:18 AM   #3
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I have that thread bookmarked actually

My mentor actually hinted that I may be able to earn credit based on the knowledge I have already attained. When I started explaining some of the principles of lagering, she asked if I was interested in going a purely brewing science route.

Obviously it's not Siebel, but I'm really excited about this!
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:20 AM   #4
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There are some awesome old brewing books on Google Books.

 
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:57 AM   #5
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Sounds really cool and flexible.

How do they decide the requirements and prepare test material for the courses you choose?

 
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:47 AM   #6
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How do they decide the requirements and prepare test material for the courses you choose?
I'm not 100% sure yet, but basically, they pair you up with a professor with some experience in the course material and the student comes to an agreement with that professor on what will fulfill the requirements. My mentor said that if she cannot find someone who has dealt with brewing before, we will focus purely on the history aspect, which is her discipline, and proceed from there.

The way she broke it down, its not as crazy as I first thought. For example, the business department head would design any courses related to professional brewing and entrepreneurship, a chemistry professor would work with me on brewing science, etc.

Independent study degrees won't get your prestigious, high paying jobs, I understand that, but having an accredited diploma that says "brewing" on it is technically more than one can get from Seibel itself!

I will definitely update this as I move further through the program.
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:22 AM   #7
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Sweet deal! Good luck in your studies!

 
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:32 PM   #8
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Thanks!
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If you're going to college, maybe they can learn you on what constitutes a drunken rambling.

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Old 04-21-2011, 03:04 PM   #10
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Sounds like a fantastic opportunity. Congratulations.
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