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Would double majoring be beneficial in the long run?

I don't know if I should knock out extra credits or to shy away because of the effort needed to succeed college graduate

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Genevieve’s Answer

The answer to this question depends on your interests and goals. If your goal is to graduate in 4 years, double majoring may make it difficult to do that. This usually requires an extra semester or year to fulfill both major requirements. If the majors are somewhat related, you might be able to have some credits count for both. Another option would be to major in one area and minor in another. If you see yourself wanting to take on more than one career path down the road, double majoring might be helpful. Even if you decide to just major in one area, it won't hold you back from wanting to eventually do something different. A lot of people end up majoring in a certain area and then doing something different or they decide to go to graduate school.

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Johanna’s Answer

When considering a double major I would ask yourself a few questions:
- Does this double major help me in the future and complement well with my other major?
- Do I think I will be more successful in my career by having both these majors?
- Will adding another major add additional semesters/years before I graduate?

When I was in college I knew a few people that had pretty unrelated majors and it wasn't necessarily a strategic move for their future career. I found they were adding another major because it related to an interest that they had personally. Don't get me wrong - I think it's great to have varied interests and passions! But I think you need to be thoughtful on whether it is financially wise to add another major to your college plan and if you will get benefit down the road. Adding another major could add time before you graduate which translates to more tuition/student loans and also delayed earnings from a full time job. If you have something that you are passionate about and it doesn't fit into your future career plans there is nothing stopping you from pursuing it on your own in terms of research, reading, clubs, etc.

Hope that helps!
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Nicole’s Answer

Hi alexa E. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

Sharing another possible consideration. Many reputable companies allow their employees to participate in continued education courses. In other words there are opportunities to get relevant certifications, undergraduate and/or graduate degrees even after becoming employed at a company. Oftentimes, this can be a helpful option to employees who specialized in a specific area while in college but have decided that their career path can be more successful if they learn some new skills.

Hope you find this answer helpful. Best of luck to you!