When you enter into college you are going to be asked to declare a Major and a Minor. Some colleges require the Minor whereas others leave the decision completely to you. I know this can be daunting, especially if you are still unsure about what Major you want to pick. Rest assured, though, because the Minor is not as important and can actually be a very fun part of college! The following is a list of things that you should know about picking a College Minor.
1) It’s Helpful
A Minor can allow you to study classes that you really want to take and or reinforce everything you are learning in your Major. For example, if you are a Science Major but really enjoy literature, you might consider minoring in English. This will allow a much needed break in your schedule; you’ll be taking a handful of English classes, which can be a pleasant break from all your science classes. Additionally, you could also decide to pick a Minor is a similar field; if you are a Biology Major you might be able to Minor in something like Math or Physics, which can potentially increase your scientific knowledge and make yourself more marketable to employers after college. Personally, I was an English Major and I decided to Minor in Religious Studies because I was interested in it, it supplemented my Major by allowing me to learn about religious literature, and it gave me a decent background in Religion, which is helpful since I work at a church!
2) Do you need it?
This depends on your school; some colleges will require you to declare a Minor while others will leave that choice to you. However, you have to recognize that you need a certain amount of credits in order to graduate. In other words, you’re going to be taking additional classes regardless. If you still don’t want to declare a Minor, than you will most likely end up taking a variety of random courses. For myself, I didn’t need to declare a Minor–and I actually didn’t–until entering my last semester. Before declaring, I was taking classes I was interested in. Upon looking more into my transcript, however, I saw that all the classes I was taking fell under what was permissible for a Religious Studies Minor–so I declared it!
3) You can have multiple minors
Depending on your school you can choose to have multiple minors. This could be a little bit harder, but I have known people who fit in 2-3 different minors. This allows you to have a various amount of knowledge, reinforce your Major, or just take some classes that you’re really interested in. Keep in mind, though, multiple majors can be difficult to do and might require a lot more work.
If you have more questions about declaring a Minor, talk to one of your college’s counselors or your adviser.