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Should I minor in a subject?

How much of a benefit (in terms of career) does a minor give in addition to a major? Do people with minors have major advantages over those who don't? Is a minor recommended? college university major majors-and-minors

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Jeffrey’s Answer

I would recommend a language minor - broaden your scope in language skills - this will provide you the ability to travel for work - and experience new countries - continents your prospective employer has facilities in. One example, McCormick Spice Co - local Baltimore, Maryland based with manufacturing plants worldwide - especially South and Central America - and they recently acquired a facility located in France. Your work possibilities are endless if you can speak another language - good luck and expand your horizons with that language Minor.

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Skyler’s Answer

I walked out of my undergrad with two minors - math and physics. Neither directly were instrumental in landing me a job, but I believe that they certainly helped. I majored in the geosciences, which doesn't necessarily tell employers that I'm strong with math, which is important in the industry. But when they saw my minors, especially in comparison with others, grad schools and companies were able to recognize the quantitative edge.

So if you are going for a STEM career, it couldn't hurt to have another related science or math minor. Or it couldn't hurt to do a business minor - lots of college grads walk into entry-level roles without understanding the business aspects or financial strategy.

Just be careful to choose a minor that won't keep you in school forever to finish, and that complements your degree / industry of interest.
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Simeon’s Answer

A minor isn't that important when it comes to degree options. It does give you a little bit more flexibility in the industries/careers you can consider, but not as much as if you get a major. Minors don't carry a lot of weight, but if you choose one from a different field, it'd offer you a bit more flexibility in the jobs you can pursue. If you're not sure what minor to take, I'd recommend looking at some of the business related minors and see if there's one that interests you. Business related education is pretty round and you can take it into almost any industry.
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Yolonda’s Answer

Some schools require minors. I agree with Randy I never saw a mention of it on a job listing. I think it is more out of convenience. For example, if your college requirements are 30 credits and your major is 30, then you are left with 60 more credits to get to 120 which is required to graduate. In that case, students usually decide to double major or minor. A minor is usually half the amount of credits required for a major.

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Randy’s Answer

I don't ever see a mention of a minor in job listings; however, I think the benefit of a minor is in the strengths and knowledge it adds to your employee profile. I recommend getting a minor if you have the college hours to fill and have a subject that you want to learn more about or you think will add to your knowledge base. For example, I minored in marketing because I thought all companies deal with marketing in one way or another, so it would be good information for me and I had the extra hours to fill in my junior and senior years.

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Adam’s Answer

You can also use a minor to get additional skills - for example, if your major is in a language, English, or writing, you can use a minor to acquire skills like accounting, finance, and budgeting, which will help you get jobs that wouldn't otherwise be available to you with just a humanities degree.

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