Are Minors a Major Deal?

There are a couple reasons people choose to add minors to their college resume. One reason is that you might be majoring in something you think will make you career ready, such as business, but have an additional passion that you don’t want to neglect – like art. In that case, you might choose to minor in art history. Other people choose to minor in something that complements their professional goals. For example, if you’re a political science major and hope to work in government, but want to have an effect on international policy, you may choose to minor in global studies. Or maybe you have your eye on grad school. If you want to, say, teacher, you might be going to grad school to get your master’s degree in education. Choosing to minor in a different subject expands the list of subjects you can teach. But how useful is a minor? Regardless of your reasons for choosing to have one, does it really make a difference in the post-graduate and professional world? In short, they probably won’t make or break your application, but they can be very helpful in demonstrating to employers or graduate schools that you are dedicated to your studies and that you have an expansive knowledge base. If you know exactly what you want to do, pick a minor that will underscore your qualifications for a position and broaden your appeal. Let’s go back to that business major. Maybe art history isn’t important to you at all – and let’s face it, it’s a toss-up how far it will get you in an interview, unless you’re planning on managing an art gallery. On the other hand, maybe you’ve chosen to minor in Spanish. This will be appealing to interviewers because it shows your ability to communicate in an increasingly bilingual world. Plus, it will make you an asset to the team. Note that language minors are also important if you are considering going to graduate or medical school in another country. If, as you study your minor, you decide you’re really passionate about it, you might want to consider making it an additional major. Of course this could very well mean you don’t graduate in four years, as a double major requires considerable additional work, but a double major looks even more appealing to employers than a major and minor! Regardless of what you are considering, going to visit your academic advisor can make the process way less stressful. Advisors have a wealth of experience working with students with majors, minors, double majors, casual interests, and everything in between! Most colleges require students to take a certain number of elective classes too, so your advisor might suggest taking one of your electives in the minor you are considering to test whether you want to pursue the subject further.


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