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Should I double major?

Asked Tbilisi, Georgia

I'm interested in Business Administration but I'm also interested in Marketing and Public Relations. They have many similar (or even same courses.) What should I do? Double major or minor? #majors #minor #college #marketing #women-in-business

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Austin’s Answer

Updated Washington, Washington

Nata, good question. While Business Administration+ Marketing and Public Relations may have many of the same classes, I would check that you can use one class and count it as credit for both fields of study. Some schools don't allow you to douple count courses and this will impact your decision (my school did not allow the majority of my classes to fulfill more than one requirement). If your school allows you to double count classes and you are able to balance the increase in work load, then go ahead and double major. Be warned that this will mean that you will have to work more and you will need to be able to balance more responsibilities, but this is entirely possible to do.


Having two majors never hurts and it can only help, it shows that you are a hard worker and are able to take on an increase in work load. This isn't to say that having a single major is bad or less than (I had one major and one minor), just that having two majors will sometimes impress a potential employer more so than a single major. I had many friends in college who double majored and they had no issue balancing the work load, so do not feel overwhelmed. If you feel as if you won't be able to handle the work load, then don't double major and instead make one of them a minor.


Think about the pros and cons of the decision and whether or not you will be able to handle the additional work load and added responsibility.


Best,

Austin

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Here are some additional things to think about: if you want to increase your chances of getting interviews with campus recruiting - don't sacrifice your grades for a double major. Campus recruiters have to sift through hundreds of resumes to decide who they will invite to an initial interview on-campus. Campus recruiters will create a minimum GPA cut-offs for resumes before they even read the resumes. As a result, it is better to learn one subject very well rather than learn two subjects sort of well. A minor area of study is a great way to add depth to your knowledge. Keep your passion for business, marketing and public relations. Regardless of what initial path you chose, remember you are not closing the door to any of the opportunities.

Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

It might not be necessary to double major. One might be able to major in one and minor in another. However, the best way to know the best answer to that question is through a two step process. Step one is to get to know yourself better to know in which area your personality traits lie. Step two is to talk to people who are doing what you think that you want to do, so that you can get pertinent information from those people who have inside experience. The following are suggestions that I have developed from my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting.

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