Should You Get a Minor?

Published on Sep 23, 2013
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So, you’re considering getting a minor? Not a bad idea. Declaring a minor can complement your major area of study by narrowing your career goals. If your major doesn’t cover or expand on an area that interests you, a minor might be the way to include more than one area of focus in your degree.

How do I declare a minor?

If you haven’t declared a minor yet and want to learn more about it, the College Advising Center will host a Minor Affair in the Conway Center on October 3rd from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. “The focus will be getting students thinking about a minor,” says Director of the College Advising Center, Brian Marth. Undergraduate departments that offer minors will be there to answer questions about the requirements and benefits of minors.

Can’t make the event? Visit the College Advising Center at 623 S. Wabash to talk with an advisor about the pros and cons of adding a minor, and how to fit it into your academic plan.

How long does a minor take to complete?

Minors range from 18 to 24 credits. That should take students a few semesters to complete along with their other major requirements. If you are nearing your last year, you might already be well on your way, though.

What are the benefits of getting a minor?

  • Instead of taking random courses to complete your electives, you can take a career-oriented focus by using them to pursue a minor.
  • Minors look good on grad school applications! Many graduate programs are specific so they consider whether applicants have a minor because it shows they have expertise in fields related to their major.
  • You have competitive edge in the workforce with that extra area of expertise. “The minor might be that one thing that separates you from other candidates because you complemented your studies,” says Marth. A designer with a minor in marketing is better than a designer without, some could argue.

When should I declare a minor?

You can declare a minor up until your senior year, but “you want to start thinking about it earlier to see how it will fit into your [academic] plan,” says Marth.

What are you waiting for? Start thinking about it now and you’ll be ahead of the game. That would be major.