Skip to main content
4 answers
5
Asked 236 views

What minors should I consider with a Computer Science Major?

I am majoring in Computer Science. I just finished my 1st year a few weeks ago and I will be assigned a major adviser soon. I was considering getting a minor in Chinese, but I wonder how much that will benefit me. Are there other minors I should considering taking instead of a language that will help me?

+25 Karma if successful
From: You
To: Friend
Subject: Career question for you

5

4 answers


1
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Nathan’s Answer

Christine,

It all depends on what you enjoy doing. When I quickly reviewed your question, my first thought was any business minor (marketing, finance, accounting, etc). After I read your question again, having a foreign language on your resume will go far. You'd be able to program for a Chinese company or an American company. It would open the door for you to be a foreign partner for an American company and work in China. In short, having a foreign (non-English) language on your resume will open many doors for you...if that is what you'd enjoy doing. To conclude, you should ask yourself, "what do I enjoy doing besides programming?"

Hope this helps!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much! I think I might consider Chinese then. Christine
1
1
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Fred’s Answer

I would say it depends on what direction you want to go in your career. Learning a second language is always beneficial if you want to work in a multi-national corporation.

If you want to start your own company, a business minor may be smart.

If you want to work in medical computing, maybe biology or chemistry.

I think Math is always a good option for folk in CS.

Also, think about what interests you. If you hate studying language, then Chinese may not be a good move. If you love history, that may be a good choice.
Thank you comment icon Thank you! I like languages, I just wasn't sure if it was the best choice. Christine
1
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Jonathan’s Answer

For someone taking a very technical and analytic major like yourself, I would actually generally recommend a minor that develops your soft skills. So, taking a foreign language like you mentioned would be great or even something like doing a communications minor. The reason would be that when you eventually get to the point when you are applying for internships and entry level jobs (if you haven't already) technical skills are of course very important, but it is the soft skills that can often be the difference maker for a candidate in an interview.

Sometimes it isn't always about how good you are at completing task, it's also very important to be able to explain your work to senior team members, collaborate with peers, or explain very technical topics to non-technical colleagues in a company.

A soft-skill minor can just generally make you a much more well-rounded candidate.
0
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Heaven’s Answer

Hello Christine,

Deciding to pursue a minor is a fantastic choice and it's bound to make your resume shine. I think opting for a second language as a minor is a brilliant idea as it widens your appeal to potential employers. Individuals who are multilingual often enjoy higher salaries and are in high demand. If your career path is leaning towards the STEM field, you might find a second science like Biology, Chemistry, or Physics more suitable. Ultimately, the choice depends on your career aspirations. A degree in Computer Science is incredibly versatile and can open doors to a variety of industries.

Source: https://www.zdnet.com/education/computers-tech/minors-for-computer-science-students/
0