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Is a Double Major worth it?

My main major is International Business, but I am looking at my out of state tuition (WOW) and questioning if I should drop my second major due to the extra credits it requires. French Studies would likely help my career, but will future employers actually care if I have a double major?

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Glen’s Answer

This is really all dependent on what positions you are seeking. If you are looking at opportunities in France or translation with a multinational corporation from a business perspective, it shows you have the training necessary in addition to the business acumen. It is only worth it if you feel it is and make the most of it. Just look at what specific careers you are interested in and is it necessary. Many double majors can give you options you may not have thought of where you might use one and not the other. It can open more doors.

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Christian’s Answer

I think it's definitely easier to attain a double major depending on how closely related the fields of study are. For example, a computer science degree could be fairly easily combined with a mathematics degree within a 4 - 5 year curriculum.

Since the issue at hand is more of a financial concern for you, I'd advise to do your best to complete your primary major coursework first. If some classes are possible to pick up along the way to achieve a double major then go for it. If not, then you could just settle for a minor since it should be less of a time and money investment.

As for employers, they value different things in prospective candidates. However, if you meet a percentage of the general job requirements then you should be fine pursuing your career with the knowledge you possess. Keep on learning after you graduate despite what degree(s) you have attained. It's the best competitive advantage since knowledge can overtake credentials in the long run.


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Nancy’s Answer

Is it possible to minor in French Studies instead? You may already have enough credits, so wouldn't have to spend more money. Having language skills in International Business will be useful, so try to keep that in the mix if you can. If you can get an internship which uses your language skills before graduation, try to do that. Good luck.


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Kathryn’s Answer

I think what matters more than a degree in french is being able to prove your level of proficiency.

For French, I suggest taking one of the DELF exams to show that you are at a level B2 or higher. B2 is considered working and learning proficient, and having this demonstrated will tell employers a lot more than the double degree might, without having to take on all of the additional hours for a degree. That's a lot of stress to fit both into your degree plan too!

If you can do double major and it won't impact you negatively in a financial, mental, or GPA manner, then it will only help you. Double majors do demonstrate that someone is willing to work hard.

Good luck!

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