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is having a minor in college really necessary?

I am asking this because when I started my first year of college I was not planning on having a minor. I have asked a handful of people if it is really necessary and I always get different answers, so now I bring my question to this website for the professionals. My advisor at school is pushing me to do a minor but there is really nothing that interests me enough to pay for classes other than my major. The only way I would pick a minor is if it would help me get a career later on in life. #college #college-major #college-minor #majors-and-minors

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Simeon’s Answer

Minors aren't super helpful. They increase your ability to get different career types and skills, but only by a modest amount. If you don't have a minor that you feel is worth your time, I wouldn't worry that much about it. If it makes the counselor happy, you can choose another similar degree for the minor since it'll likely mean that the hours for the major and minor will overlap. If you think you can take even more specialized classes for your major to make you better at it instead of doing work on a minor, that'd be a viable choice as well.
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phillip’s Answer

Some school does not required. From my professional opinion, you should have a minor. For example if you want to be an accountant, it is a good idea to minor in a business related field that give you an advantage over someone who does not have that minor. That minor maybe a door opening for your future career. I have a couple of minors that help me with my career. Always keep your options open and minor does that for you. If you are still having doubt, find a trusted adviser at your school. Good luck!
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Stuart’s Answer

It isn't necessary. My college didn't offer minors at all. (It does now apparently.) Minors are essentially a way of quickly telling people something about the coursework you took in college. Majors are too, really. They're a type of shorthand that says "here are the things I know something about." Majors and minors are a very succinct and easily understood way of doing that, but they aren't the only way. If, like me, you went to a school that didn't offer them, or you opted against having one for whatever reason, you could still convey the same information on a resume by including a section on "relevant coursework."


After a while, your work experience is going to carry more weight with employers than your major and minor do anyway. If you want to minor in something, it is a very effective way of conveying your expertise and interests, but don't feel like it's required. There are lots of different ways to frame your experiences and convey them to potential employers.

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