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How do you know which minor to choose for college? If I do decide to major in nursing, how should I go about choosing my minor?


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Jenna’s Answer

Hello!

The other answers provided are spot on! The one thing I will add just to make sure it’s clear is that you do not have to choose a minor if you don’t want to. The vast majority of students will only have their major and never choose to minor in something. So only choose a minor if you are really interested in another area that you won’t get to study in your primary area of focus. As a nursing major, a number of schools won’t let you have a minor because it’s so time consuming so think about that too as you look into schools.

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Zemira! Honestly you can minor in something similar to your major or something that interests you as well. I was a chemistry tutor and took many classes in the field, therefore in addition to my major in psychology I also obtained a minor in chemistry. I just recently met a classmate who was a chemistry major with a minor in music. Sometimes it's passion and sometimes it's something that fits with you future goals; if they both work together then that's even better. Also, if you do take classes let's say in music because you love to play an instrument or in language because you want to expand your skills that can also benefit you in diversity, especially for the medical field like nursing or physician.

Best of luck!

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Sheara’s Answer

First, confirm with the college or university you are planning to attend to verify that nursing majors are allowed to pursue a minor. Since nursing programs require a great deal of academic rigor, students will not always have the option to also pursue a minor.

If you are able to pursue a minor, select a subject area that you have a passion for, or will compliment the nursing field. A few popular options are, sociology, psychology, public health, applied behavior analysis, and business.


Thank you very much! Zemira M.

You're welcome. Sheara Brown-Gbenro

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Bryce’s Answer

Hi Zemira,

As a current college student who had a minor for two years, I definitely know what goes into choosing a minor. Most times when choosing a minor people consider two factors; how with this minor make me standout or become more marketable when searching for a job post graduation, and how much extra work if any will this add to my course load. A lot of times a minor will be something in the same subject as your major. For example, I was a marine science major with a minor in biology. Both were in the field of science, which helped reduce the amount of extra classes you have to take to earn the degree. Although, this is what I did it is not always the case. I know people who majored in education and had minors in biology or math. This creates a little more course work, but it is not impossible and does make you more marketable if you are trying to go into a specific field/job.

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Yijing (Jenna)’s Answer

This depends where you would like to go in the future. You may have a complementary minor to broaden your career. In addition to what have been mentioned above, I have seen people taking Nutrition; Statistics (this is a good path if you enjoy maths and can get into big pharms to help run clinical trials.).

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