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How hard is it to Double Major?

I am looking to major in both Civil Engineering and Business, and I'm wondering if anyone has any experience or could offer advice #technology

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Darren’s Answer

I successfully majored in civil engineering and got a minor in business management in college. While I didn't double major, I did have one problem that many double major students have: conflicting class schedules. A lot of upper level classes (classes you take as you progress closer to your undergraduate degree) are only offered once or twice per year, which could create a schedule conflict. For example, your civil engineering structural class is only offered once a year and conflicts with your business accounting class, which is also only offered once a year. This accounting class could be a prerequisite for other business classes that you need to get your business degree - so you might have to wait until next year to take the accounting class, further delaying your business major. In a worse case scenario, you could be spending a lot more money and time pursuing that 2nd major than you originally thought.

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Brian’s Answer

I would ask yourself - Is double majoring required?

Many times- a business minor teamed with your main degree is enough. Employers really don't care about a double major. The main reason you get hired out of college is that your skills generally align to what a company wants and you are cheap to them relative to someone with 5 years experience.

I would focus much less on a double major and much more on obtaining real world experiences. Any internship is worth more than a 2nd major. Any work related experience is worth more than a second major. A degree is important but proof that a company hired you and you performed well is worth a lot more in the the marketplace.
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Rafael A.’s Answer

Everything about college is hard. That is why there is a payoff at the end for the people who obtain a college degree. The one thing you need to consider in a double major is your commitment and how much time do you have available. If you are doing a double major, then it is safe to say that your free time throughout the week will be reduced significantly. But at the end of the day you will have expanded your knowledge base.

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Carl’s Answer

Double majoring can give you a tremendous amount of flexibility and distinction among a pool of candidates. There is an emphasis in most companies to hire people with a diversity of backgrounds and skills, even if they are not directly related to the industry. Examples: One of my directors in my first Technology Consulting job was an English major. My wife (Biology major) is now a technology product manager. I have a Marketing/ Computer Information Systems double major and have leaned on my marketing knowledge countless times in understanding the business processes and objectives during my work at Verizon.

I was fortunate enough to have several of my classes count towards both majors, so it was very practical for me. Ultimately you have to way the extra time and cost against the potential benefits.
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