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How to Choose the Right Academic Minor

Monday, January 23, 2017 | Posted by: Alpha Kappa Psi

Unless your plan involves being a serial student, you don’t have much opportunities past your college career to educate yourself in such an immersive environment. As a student, you choose your education path based on your goals and aspirations. Those looking to start their own business might enter a school of business and take classes that prepare them for entrepreneurship. Those with goals of working as a creative would spend their efforts and credit hours diving into perfecting their art so that they’ll be more marketable after college.

This is often how people come to choose an educational major, but what about choosing the right minor? There’s a few ways to look at what a minor serves to do: here are three.

A Minor That Provides Additional Experience
Many students choose a minor that relates to their major so they can take as many courses related to their field of study as possible. This can give them a competitive edge when they leave college. This is a wise decision, especially if your educational plans are very one-tracked with a serious goal in mind.

A Minor That Supplements a Major
Minors can also provide additional opportunities you might not get from courses within your major track. A student studying business who sees a lot of opportunity in the IT industry might choose a minor in Information Technology so that they’ll learn more about the industry itself to better prepare for work after college.

A Minor That Allows You to Explore Other Interests
Because college is the best time to explore your interests and expand your talents, some students choose a minor that does not correlate with their major at all. They’ll do this to learn about other things they are interested or even alternative career paths. Since many professionals ultimately find themselves on a different career path than they had originally intended, choosing a minor that diversifies their skill set can help jump start another career should they want or need one later down the road.

 

When deciding what education path to take, it’s important that you look at your interests, your goals, and what you might not get from your chosen major track.

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