Do Minors Even Matter?

  • 3 Science
  • 2 Math
  • 2 Philosophy
  • 1 Religion

…aaaaand all of the other courses your major requires.

Course requirements may differ from school to school, but we all pretty much get the gist–there are a lot of courses we need to take in order to graduate aaaaand they are not always the most exciting.

This is why the last thing we want is more classes tying us down from the possible electives we would like to take. Which brings us to the nitty gritty of this post: minors.

A minor can be any secondary focus you choose to study (the first being your major). It typically consists of five to seven courses, all feeding off of your number of electives. Now, unlike a major, it is not necessary to graduate with a minor. It is offered as an additional title providing you with the classes and framework needed to graduate with an additional skill on a certain subject.

Think of it as a specialized skill. You major states your expertise, while your minor states your ‘a little something extra’.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “ Girl, so do they matter or don’t they?!”

I get it. Nobody wants to take on an extra set of courses if they won’t be doing any good. Which is why we want to make sure we want the commitment before we declare one.

The problem is that what works for one may not work for another. So all I can do to enlighten you is list a few reasons why a minor might matter to you. 

A minor:

1.Can give better leverage when searching for a job

As previously mentioned, a minor gives you an additional skill on a certain subject. This can get potential employers to see that you have more qualifications than just what your major entails, setting you apart from other applicants with your same credentials. Having an extra qualification also means that you can also search for jobs that may slightly deviate from your major. This is great because it gives you a bigger pool of jobs to choose from. (YAY for being able to put food in our bellies)

2. Allows you to learn more about your passion

With the restraints that come with certain college degrees, it often becomes difficult to pursue an alternative interest. When you are a bio major with a passion for fashion, you don’t always get that opportunity to take those fashion classes, so instead of living vicariously through Blair Waldorf and Jenny Humphry Fashion Week experiences, you can get a minor in the fashion department and be able to put those dreams to use. 

3. Can accent your degree

You can combine your minor to complement your major. If your majoring in business, minoring with some type of math degree may be beneficial. Equally, when majoring is journalism, minoring in professional writing. This can give your degree a little boost, and take your skills to the next level.

4.Quicker path than having a Double Major

Double majoring can be crazy stressful. So minoring may be the next best thing when it comes to choosing two career paths. Not only does it require half of the courses, but it is also a lot more lenient when it comes to what classes you choose. (It usually requires 3 core classes and 4 electives in the field).

To Minor,or not to minor. Either one will not make or break you. A minor is not a necessity, it is an asset, If you’re not feelin’ it then your not feelin’ it. Don’t trap yourself inside a class schedule you wont enjoy because you think it will look good. Do it because the classes it consists of  classes you would enjoy even if it weren’t for the title.

Wendy Ramirez

Wendy Ramirez, DePaul University Major: Communications and Media Her heart belongs to: breakfast foods, dark chocolate, leather jackets, and cute mugs Take her away to: the nearest pizza//ice cream parlor

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