A Minor Consideration

Most students fret over one of college’s biggest decisions: what do I major in? But once you have that figured out, you may face yet another dilemma: should you add a minor concentration to your degree, and if so, in what subject? Here are a few things to consider:

Are you torn between two majors?

If a subject just narrowly missed the cut for being your major, you can still delve into the discipline by adding it as a minor. You may have thought the subject chosen for your major will lead to better career options, but the minor is something you love to do. This can help keep you motivated in school, as you will spend a large portion of your studies learning something that makes you happy, even if it won’t lead to your dream career.

Will a minor compliment your major?

In some cases, a major and a minor can go hand in hand. For example, math is a great complement to the sciences. Anthropology is a perfect partner with a sociology degree. Think of skills that could add value to your major focus and how they could make you stand out from other job applicants in the future. Rather than just having random electives on your transcript, you can build a much more impressive educational background with a complementary minor.

Are you not quite sure what you want to study?

If you really have no clue what you want to focus on in your degree but still have to choose a major, working towards a minor can help give you a back up if you change your mind on your major. After studying a major for a year or two, often students find it is not what they are really interested in and have to start over from scratch. Taking a minor can help mitigate this risk if you think it might be something else you would consider majoring in. If or when you decide to ditch your major, you will be ahead of the game with the courses working towards your minor. As an added bonus, your discarded major can become the minor!

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