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Is it better to have one major and two minors or two majors and one minor?

I am a bit unsure on exactly what I want to have as a career so i assume having more options (2 majors) is better than having one. Yet, I can assume that having two majors could be a bit more stressful than having one so I would also have to put that into consideration. majors double-major college

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Chloe’s Answer

Hi there Brianna! Choosing a major for college is a big decision and also really exciting. I know you said you weren't 100% sure what career path you want to take. That is okay! You could start your first semester off as undecided and you would take all of your general education classes that semester so that won't set you back at all. Then as you get a feel for college and maybe do some volunteering you can lock down a major. You can also have a more inclusive major like communications that opens hundreds of different job opportunities. Having more than one major or even picking up a minor depends on the major itself. For example, majoring in finance and accounting is easily done because of several of the requirements to complete the major overlap. On the other side of the spectrum if you major in Bio and accounting you would have to complete two very different sets of course requirements and really won't be attainable in a typical four years. I also have found that having a second major or a minor doesn't always get you the job after graduation. The internships and work experience that are concerning your desired career will get you the job. Just remember that almost every student changes their major or desired career path while in college. I was a theology major for a hot second and now I'm an occupational therapist.
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Bridget’s Answer

Being undecided on a career path when you're entering college is completely normal, very few people know what they want to do at the age of 18. In fact, most people don't even end up in a field that's related to their major after they graduate! As Chloe said, it's often easier to double major in similar or related topics because there is a chance that you can use some classes to count towards both major requirements. However, it is certainly not impossible to double major in two seemingly unrelated things. It actually may help give you a more well-rounded perspective and you'll be able to see things differently than other people, which can help you down the line when you start to enter the workforce. That said, if double majoring feels too overwhelming, minoring is a good way to learn more about a topic without the bigger commitment that majors often require. Just remember, your majors/minors do not have to determine what path you take after college, and there are so many more opportunities to find things that resonate with you by joining student organizations, intramural sports teams, or finding internships/jobs that interest you.
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Maria’s Answer

Having 1 major and 2 minors will give you the variety you’re looking for without the stress of a large course load. You’ll have more time for extracurriculars, internships, research, networking, having fun, etc.

If you’re not sure about what career field you want to go into, I highly suggest that you don’t go into college as undeclared. Some majors are impacted, depending on what university you attend. Going in as undeclared can leave you at a disadvantage and without any priority to get into the classes you need and want.

If you’re not sure what to major in, I recommend going with a general major like Communications, Journalism, or Psychology because you’ll have a broad range of career options after you graduate.
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Simeon’s Answer

Having the minors is probably better because you can often prove to entry level recruiters that particular courses you took are relevant to the job that you're applying for. It's not worth stressing yourself out to get the biggest degree possible because the shelf life of your degrees usefulness goes down over the years. Having a wider education is a smart idea, but you don't have to get a full degree in anything either. Focus on acquiring relevant experience and networking well to get yourself into a better career position. Also, with some of the time you get back from having a smaller course load, you can go to career and social events where you can develop your professional network.
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