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Whats better- double majoring or getting a major and a minor

I'm going into the computer science major but I was wondering if it would be smart to take up a second major or to just get a minor in another interest. I know taking on a second major means a lot more workload but it also looks a lot better to employers. Just wondering what the smartest course of action would be. #college #major #choosing-a-major #college-minor

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Simeon’s Answer

If you are able to diversify your options with two parts of your degree, a major will look better to employers than a minor. A minor could signify that you're not taking that part of your degree as seriously as your major. If you are able to manage the stress of the additional work load, there is some potential the sacrifice will pay off if your primary field of interest doesn't have available jobs or if you happen to lose interest in it someday.
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Rebecca’s Answer

Hi Gabriel,

It depends on what you're looking at. If you're just starting college this Fall, take some time to explore with different classes. Talk to your academic advisor about the other majors/minors you may be interested in. If you aren't sure, tell them about your interests and what you like and what type of work you think you may want to do after graduation- they will be able to listen and then give you some ideas on some majors/minors to consider. Ultimately anything like a minor or double major will be a benefit to you, as long as you can do well in the area. This signifies that you can plan ahead to take on more academic requirements (not necessarily a heavier course load since you can most likely use the classes you take for a minor/major towards your degree requirements). Keep in mind that academics are only part of what looks "good" to an employer: What extracurriculars are you involved in? Have you taken on a leadership position in a job/club/organization. Being well-rounded really will help you most of all. Best of luck to you!

Rebecca recommends the following next steps:

Review the available minors and double major options at your institution
Talk to your academic advisor about your interests/career plans/thoughts on what minor/major you are thinking about.
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