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What is the difference between a double major and a major with a minor? What are the pros and cons of each?

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I would like some advice from people who have dealt with these things first-hand. #college #university #majors #double-major #majors-and-minors

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This is primarily a question of credits within the university or college system that you are attending. Every school will identify what course requirements, including credits, are necessary to achieve a major or minor in a particular course of study. A choice of major is required at a defined point in time and may be changed within a certain framework. In general, a minor is not required. Based on your interests, a minor or second major could be selected and the credit requirements for each would be identified. For instance, I started my university studies with a double major in French and Music. I eventually decided that I wanted to spend a junior year abroad program which would impact my major in music. I decided then to accept a minor in music and continue with a major in French. I later went on to get a JD. Students may look at a Major and Minor in different courses of study entirely, based on a more prescribed career path - for instance, someone bound for Medical school but with an interest in languages may elect for a Major in biology and a minor in Spanish. They may find that the Major is important for their graduate studies and that having a minor in Spanish would be useful for special interests (ie working in a hospital that requires bilingual doctors).

Thank you. In what cases is it advantageous to complete a second major instead of a minor? Lera K.
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