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Is it better to have two majors or multiple minors/immersions in college?

First of all, I would just like to say that I thought getting accepted into college would be my biggest hurdle during my college transfer process. However, now that acceptance letters have begun to roll in I'm finding that choosing the perfect school that best fits my needs is even harder! Although I know that I definitely want to major in Illustration there are so many other minors, immersions, or complementary majors that these schools offer that I feel would benefit my career in the long run; so FINALLY my question is, is it more beneficial to have two majors as opposed to having multiple minors or immersions?

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Amanda’s Answer

Congratulations on your acceptances and best wishes as you make your decision! I personally found it very helpful to have multiple majors/minors. I was uncertain about what I wanted to do after college so studied English literature, chemistry, secondary education, and did my college's honors scholars program. I ended up getting a Ph.D. in literature but now work for a medical device company. My undergraduate degrees in English and chemistry helped prepare me for a variety of jobs. While I would not encourage anyone to add a major or minor that you're not interested in, do take advantage of fulfilling your required courses during your first year or so of college to explore other things you may be interested in. Maybe you would find marketing or business courses helpful if you ever want to start your own small business as an illustrator?

But if adding a major means you need to be in college longer, really consider whether the debt (if you're paying for college yourself) is worth it in the long run. Some businesses will cover part or all of a master's degree or MBA. If you're not sure what you would want as an additional major and know that it would take you an extra year or two in college to complete the additional degree, you might be better off finishing the degree you know you want and then getting some work experience and potentially later going back to school full or part time.

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Brittany’s Answer

Hello Andria, There is a question I think you need to focus on first before deciding which one to do. The question you need to ask yourself is how long do you want to be in college ? Another question is, how long will it take you to complete your college degree in general if you do both.

I am saying to ask these questions first because I was going to be a double minor and I realized that trying to tackle two entrees on my plate only enabled me to be stuck at the table longer. In other words trying to do both minors left me battling for college exiting time and trying to identify when I would finish my degree.

Once you have figured out the answers for the two questions , the next thing you need to figure out is what will leave you more stressed during your college career. Trying to tackle two majors will leave you with more work and fewer time to finish that assigned work. Double minoring only works if your college allows for double dipping of classes. What I mean by that is, If you take a class for your major it can be used for your minor. This would insure less stress and not having to worry about when you will graduate.

All in all, the smart thing that I think you should do is assess what you think would better help your career in the future. Double majoring lets employers know that you are able to complete double the amounts of work in a given time and that your are well experienced in both, double minoring also does the same as well, but seems to let employers really know that you only have minor expertise in the fields you minor.