Welcome to Part 2 of The Ultimate Guide to Freshman Year! If you haven't read the other parts of the series, see the bottom of this post. :)
Today I'm going to talk all about college majors and minors. I want to help you all choose a major, make sure you're in the right major, and help you decide if minoring or double majoring is for you!
How Do I Choose a Major?
Choosing a major is a very difficult task. There is a lot to choose from, and what you choose makes for the basis of your future. If you're struggling with what to major in, ask yourself these questions:
What were your favorite classes in high school?
Is This the Right Major for Me?
It's never too late to switch majors. If you aren't happy, go with your gut! You're paying for your degree, so you might as well get the most out of it. :)
How Do I Choose a Minor or Second Major?
There are two types of minors: ones you are passionate about and ones that add to your degree. I think what most students don't realize is that it's okay to declare a minor simply because it interests you. It's also okay to declare a minor that you aren't particularly passionate about if you're sure it will better prepare you for your career.
Personally, I had a lot of extra space in my schedule for minors. If I take 15 credits per semester (the average amount), I have room for my major, general education classes and two minors. If you want to pursue a minor (or even two), there's a great chance you will be able to do so.
Keep an open mind. Most colleges have many, many minors. I suggest you really look through every single minor your school offers, bookmark the ones that sound interesting, and then narrow it down based on what you're interested in and what will benefit you the most. Pay attention to your passions. You may be a journalism major, but if you're passionate about peace studies, minor in it! It could be the best choice you make.
Being a double major sounds scary - trust me, I know - but don't let it turn you off completely. If you have the time in your schedule, double majoring can be extremely beneficial.
How do you know if it's right for you? If you're a dedicated student and are prepared to put in the work, go for it. There are some students who want a second major to complement the first: International Studies and a foreign language, Political Science and Economics, and Marketing and Graphic Design are just a few pairings. There are also people who simply have two unique passions and want to pursue both.
Thanks for reading!