I actually struggled with the same question my sophomore year of college and the best advice I was given was to consider how much interest I had in the second major. I was planning on double majoring in accounting and math because I thought that would help me stand out on my resume and impress employers. I took a couple of semesters doing both majors and spent the time extremely stressed out and overwhelmed. Now, my problem rooted in my motivation for double majoring. I did not truly have an interest in majoring in math and thus my work was a challenge and more of a chore. If however, it is a subject that really does interest you and you would really love learning more about then definitely go for it and double major.
One comment that really stuck with me and finalized my decision was from a professor who said that college was best spent taking classes that interested you. Whether you double major or not, you end up taking the (about) the same actual number of classes but if you double major you are restricted to the majors you chose. I ended up not double majoring but did graduate taking a class in every discipline. Personally, I think this was the best use of my time as it gave me different perspectives and allowed me to have a broader knowledge. I am now employed and think that my time developing different ways of thinking and perspectives in these classes outside of my major has helped me to think differently and critically about things that come up at work and work to solve problems in different ways.
My advice overall is to study what you are interested in. If you are truly interested in both of these majors then double majoring is definitely the best use of your time. However, if not, take classes outside of your major and work on developing your critical thinking and analytical skills in these classes. You never know when a random fact learned in a philosophy class might come in handy.
Katie recommends the following next steps:
- Research what classes your college has to offer