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What Should I Minor In?

Last updated March 29, 2022

Choosing a major is tricky. What if you’re interested in multiple subjects? Sure, you can double-major - but completing two majors during 4-years requires extremely careful planning and a TON of work. This dilemma is why people chose a minor! If you’re interested in a subject, or want to gain skills in a specific field, you can minor in it! A minor is a shorter series of courses in a specific subject - usually 30 or fewer credits (vs. up to 64 with a major) - that doesn’t culminate in a degree, but still provides a thorough education in that subject.

Why choose a minor?

  • Gain professional skills, become a more competitive job applicant: You can gain professional skills that complement your major and suit potential careers you’re interested in. For example, if you major in Communications, and minor in graphic design, those graphic design skills can help you land a job in communications!
  • Deepen your understanding of your major by minoring in a related subject: A minor can provide you with the opportunity to focus on a specific area of your major that you want to learn about more in depth. For example, if your major is Biology, you might choose a minor in Genetics.
  • Have fun! You can also just minor in a subject that interests you. For example, your major might be in Business, but your minor might be in something totally unrelated like Music!

A minor can allow you to take classes you will enjoy that might not be offered as part of your major. Some colleges even allow students to choose more than one minor!

How do I declare a minor?

Just talk to your academic advisor, or use your college’s student portal to declare your minor online. If you weren’t accepted into a major you applied for, you might be able to make that major your minor instead. Didn't get accepted into your chosen major? Read our tips on what to do  here

Minors don’t require as many credits as a major, but they’re still time-intensive.

It’s important to be aware that sometimes choosing a minor might involve taking many extra classes. It’s almost never worth pushing out your graduation timeline in order to get a minor. While the combinations of majors and minors can seem limitless, talk with an academic advisor at your college and make a plan that will allow you to accomplish your goals in a timeframe that works best for you. 

Need some guidance? Text #Hello to 33-55-77 and we’ll help you think through any minors (or majors!) you might be considering!

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