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How does minoring in another major work?

I've been thinking about minoring in business but I have no idea how a minor works or what to do.

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Lauren’s Answer

Hi Lyviel,

I had this same question when I was in college. I never planned on minoring in anything until I took my first psychology class and fell in love. I went on my school's website and looked around for various credit requirements and was able to find out how many courses I needed in order to minor. I realized this was feasible for me to accomplish before I graduated, so I talked to my college advisor about it and was able to do it!
Thank you comment icon Thank you Lauren for the comment and I'm glad you found were able to find something you love and continued with it. Lyviel
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Erica’s Answer

Hi Lyviel,

Great question! It may help to think of the individual pieces (credits) that make up a degree.

Each class is worth a certain number of credits. In addition, each degree requires a certain number of credits in different areas. For example, a science degree will likely require a certain number of credits in science courses and math courses, as well fewer credits in history, language, and social science.

Minors require a fewer number of credits than majors do (the number depends on the college). Just like majors, there may be some specific courses you have to take, while the remaining credits can be earned by taking the courses related to the minor that most interest you, For example, the college might say, "Students minoring in business need to take five classes from this list of classes in the business department."

Each college is different, so I recommend speaking with your academic advisor as soon as possible.

Best wishes!
Erica Letourneau
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Kim’s Answer

Hi Lyviel, If you choose to minor in a subject, make sure you check with your counselor with what classes you need to take. You will need to obtain enough credits to qualify for a minor.

With careers, minors help one understand how one subject may be related to another for example, if you are in real estate, how does the medical field impact real estate? Having a minor informs one of how the medical needs are applied in real life situations such as certain space required in a building to place specialized equipment, or certain permits required for building a medical facility.

I hope this helps. Good luck on your quest!

Kim Nguyen
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