When deciding on a minor, there are many factors to consider. For some, choosing a minor is as easy as taking classes that they love. Some students never have to worry about minors. Personally, I am required to have a minor as a part of my major program. Basically, I got stuck picking a minor. After going through the minor process, I’ve discovered a few things that you should consider when choosing a minor.
Do you have enough credits?
Some majors are very organized and fill all of the required credit hours to graduate with classes within the major. In such a situation, it can be almost impossible to fit in the classes for a minor. Most colleges and universities have degree checklists either online or in the academic advising office, so check to see if you will have enough elective credits to add a minor. Usually, you can find minor checklists in the same places to compare them.
Do you need to minor?
One of my majors requires students to minor in something from a different department on campus. This is really interesting, because it allows students like me the chance to find something that we love and add it to our degree. I know students who created their own minors in Irish literature and students who are minoring in non-profit organization, to name a few. I’m currently a psychology minor, because I took a psychology class my freshman year and loved it. Getting the chance to explore the area more is an opportunity I’m really grateful to have.
Do you like the minor?
This is probably the most important question to ask yourself. There are some cases in which taking a minor that will help your major makes sense, and in those cases, you may not be in love with the subject area. But if you have the elective credits available to add a minor, why focus on classes you don’t like? It’s far more fun to take classes that you find interesting, even if they don’t translate to having a minor. When adding a minor to fill credit hours, make the minor something interesting or relevant to you. You’ll be more engaged in the classes and you’ll probably perform better, too.
Minors are a great way to fill credit hours. Most colleges have dozens of minors to choose from, so picking just one (or two) can be a daunting task. Adding a minor can make your college experience more comprehensive and enjoyable, as long as you know what to look for!