Choosing a minor in college: What does it mean and how you should do it right

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College is a place where the learning possibilities are endless. You have hundreds of courses to choose from, and most universities allow the freedom of choosing courses from other departments as well.

If you are not familiar with what majors and minors are, we will break it down for you.

A major is your primary choice of study. Your reason for doing a 4 year degree.

You will be taking 85% of classes for the major you have chosen. For example, an English Literature major will require a lot of reading and writing courses that will help you hone your skills when it comes to studying English Literature.

A minor on the other hand, is a smaller focus on your choice of subject. You can choose to do a minor in anything you want.

Most people choose a minor because they are interested in knowing more about a certain subject, or they feel like it will give them supporting knowledge and skills for their major.

For example, if you are a Business Administration major, you can choose a minor in psychology to understand better how employees think and work.

Do I have to do a minor? 

A minor is completely optional, and it depends on whether or not you have the time to take some additional courses (on top of your existing ones).

Students have to properly plan their schedules out if they want to do a minor, to ensure that nothing clashes.

They also have to make sure they are not completely overwhelmed by the course load.

Is it worth doing a minor? 

This is a very good question since you will be putting in a lot of time and effort into doing the minor.

To answer the question: it depends. If you are doing it to find a job that you think is relevant to the minor, then it might not be entirely helpful.

But if you are planning to specialize in the minor for your graduate studies, then it will help you a lot.

You will be doing the minor because you are intrigued about the subject and you want to study about it so it will definitely be worth it to you.

Some people have actually gone on to specialize in their minors because they liked it so much. So it can definitely be a worthwhile experience.

How to do it right?

If you are really interested in taking a minor and you don’t want your efforts to go to waste, then you should do the minor in something that is different but still relevant to your major.

This will show an employer that you are vastly educated about the topic, and may give you an edge over the other candidates.

You can read some WOW essays about how people’s experiences were with doing a minor in something they were interested in.

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