Students stress over picking a major during their first year of college to assure they stay on a distinctive career path, despite not needing a major until the sophomore year of school. Minors are often overlooked at this point, though they are just as important as majors.
A minor is similar to a major, emphasizing in a specific area of study. In a way it is a less extensive double major. The main goal of a minor is to help guide students towards their career goals. A major and minor go hand in hand because the minor is a reflection of what the student wishes to accomplish in life. For example, if a student is working on a business administration degree, a Spanish or Chinese minor is helpful because he will work with foreign business men to make deals. While working on a foreign language minor, he will become fluent in that language.
Some universities require that students earn a minor, while others only leave the option open as a suggestion. There are two main reasons that students should earn a minor alongside a major. When entering the job market a minor is a great way to stand out against the competition. It shows employers that students are serious about a career and want to take the time to perfect their art. It is an opportunity to learn a new talent or a specific sector a career field. Another reason that students should work towards a minor is to follow their passion.
Students who have a creative passion should use this opportunity to continue studying their art. For example, those who played and enjoyed trumped in middle and high school may want to minor in music to make time for their passion during college. For some music is not a good career path to follow because it is extremely competitive, but students may not want to give up on something they enjoy.
Aside from standing out and following a passion, students can also use this opportunity to learn something new that may or may not help their career in the future. This may be a foreign language, computer programming or drawing.
Choosing a minor should not be stressful once a student decides the purpose of picking up a minor. Speak with your adviser about the programs available. He will be able to suggest the best minor to coincide with your major as well. Some examples include pairing a scientific minor with a math major or journalism with political science or criminal justice. Languages are always safe if you are entering a career where you will work with others from or in foreign countries.
Be sure to research what credits and classes are required for your minor because they will differ from your major. Work with your adviser to pick the best schedule to meet your minor and major needs.
What is a College Minor? Do I Need One? posted by Melissa Warner at USCollegeRanking.org