Your Minor May Make a Major Difference

The myOptions Team

Minors may seem small and insignificant, but think again! Adding a minor could give you a major edge in the job market as well as enhance your education, making you the smartest cookie in the room. Yum! Here are some more reasons you may want to consider adding a minor:

1. You will be proficient in more than one subject.

If you found that you had a lot of different interests when picked a major, you now have the opportunity to choose another subject to study! These classes will probably fill up your elective space, so choose something you really like to do or something you would love to learn more about.

2. Your minor will speak to your work ethic.

Making the effort to complete a minor, and especially to earn a solid GPA in that minor, sends the signal that you’re serious about your education and about achievement. Anyone (especially prospective employers) would be impressed with the discipline required to succeed in both a major and a minor.

3. You can use a minor to make general majors more specific.

For instance, if your major is Management, you can add a more technical minor to clarify your direction. In terms of your future career, adding a minor could help you discover the path you wish to pursue after graduation.

So, now you can see the benefits of adding a minor. But where should you begin when it comes to choosing one? Selecting the right minor should incorporate several factors:

1. Pick a topic that sparks your interest.

It should be a subject that you are willing to master through hard work. This may take a bit of self-discovery because you need to decide which interests are better left alone and which ones ignite your passions.

2. Consider minors that will enhance your major.

Brainstorm topics that could be useful in your field. For example, a Communications major might consider an Interactive Media minor. (With technology and its growing influence on the way we relate to one another, this would add great relevance to a student learning the Communications curriculum).

3. Create a contrast between your major and minor.

Though your major and minor should be correlated, you don’t want to pick something that is too similar to your major. If your major is British Lit, a minor in Education, History, or Economics suggests a well-rounded background. (As opposed to adding a minor in another category of literature).

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