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How to Choose a College Minor

1 AUG 2014
Career Path : Education News

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Many students spend so much energy deciding on a college major that they overlook another important question: Should I choose a minor? Which one? Selecting the right minor is a different decision than selecting a major. If you list your school and major on a resume, it should be enough to generate some interest from potential employers. A well-selected minor, however, can give you an additional edge that makes you stand out from other candidates. Simply put, a minor is a great way to round out your profile and make your resume look more attractive.

So how to do you choose the right minor? Well, here are a few elements to consider.

Choosing a minor for future employment

If you already have an idea of which sector you’d like to work in, you can plan ahead by pursuing a minor that will reinforce your knowledge of that industry. For example, let’s say that you’re studying computer science and that you’re interested in working for large corporations. Why not pursue a minor in business? It’ll make you more attractive to a number of companies, as you’ll be able to understand computer networks as well as business software. Choosing a minor that complements your major, without being too similar, is a great way to bolster your resume for future employment.

Exploring a passion

Another way of choosing a minor is simply to concentrate on topic that interests you. It can send a strong message to employers that you love learning and that you’re willing to put in the extra effort to pursue a particular topic. Selecting a minor like philosophy, for example, is great way to round out your degree and show that you’re not only a good student, but a good thinker as well. Exploring a passion is also a great way to ensure that your minor doesn’t become a burden over time. You shouldn’t choose a minor just to have a minor. If you have no interest in a particular topic, completing courses and reading educational articles or school news will be much more labourious. You don’t want the classes from your minor to become more complicated than those from your major!

Adding depth to your major

One more strategy you can use when choosing your minor is simply reinforcing your major. For example, let’s say that you’re studying cinema. Have you thought about adding a history minor to your cinema major? You’ll gain a much deeper understanding of the context in which various films were made, such as the political realities that surrounded the arts around a certain era. Adding depth to your major can be the beginning of a passionate academic journey. You may fall in love with a particular time and place and go on to explore this setting at length as part of a thesis or other academic projects.