Usefulness of College Minors

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  1. Jeremy Gill profile image94
    Jeremy Gillposted 2 years ago

    Hello all, does anyone have any experience with the usefulness (or lack thereof) of a college minor? For instance, have you ever convinced an employer to hire you based on the minor and not the major?

    1. promisem profile image86
      promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      A minor helps a job hunt. It's also useful in a topic if you might end up getting a master's degree in that topic.

      Let's say you have a major in engineering and a minor in business. Some engineering recruiters look for people with skills in personnel, finance, project management, etc.

      After getting a good job in engineering, you decide an MBA will advance your career.

      If you don't have a minor in business, you will likely have to take basic courses in business in order to get through or even get into the MBA program.

      1. Jeremy Gill profile image94
        Jeremy Gillposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Glad to here it! If a job search ever gets to the interview stage, I think that may be the best place to convince the company of your minor's value (assuming it's relevant).

  2. poppyr profile image93
    poppyrposted 2 years ago

    I always thought the major was for your career and the minor was for things you're interested in.
    I would say that having some level of understanding in a subject is helpful even if you didn't study it for your entire time in college.

  3. Aime F profile image82
    Aime Fposted 2 years ago

    My minor (English) has never really never come up in any capacity, most of the time I forget I have it.

    I was taking pretty much all of my electives in English throughout my degree and found myself at a point where I only needed two more specific classes to declare a minor so I went ahead with those, because why not. I honestly just sort of fell into it as I had not planned on declaring a minor at all.

    I don’t think my life would be any different whatsoever had I not done it, though. I guess it’s just one of those things that I thought would be nice to have on the backburner, just in case someone ever thought it was valuable in some way.

    1. Jeremy Gill profile image94
      Jeremy Gillposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Based on what you and poppy have said, a minor seems more of a personal development than anything else. I'm hoping mine might help me land a job, especially since it's not far off from my major, but further education may be needed. Thanks to you both.

  4. Kathleen Cochran profile image81
    Kathleen Cochranposted 2 years ago

    I have a BA in journalism.  My minor in history gives it context.  May not be critical information, but it doesn't hurt.

  5. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 2 years ago

    I learned things in my minor that i use in my job today 30 years later.  Don't forget that sometimes the purpose of an education is to learn things wink

  6. AlexisJP profile image60
    AlexisJPposted 2 years ago

    My minor (journalism) gave me much more than I expected. I was going to be a psychologist but one day I received a job offer from It was my first part-time job and it gave me a possibility to combine my experience and skills in both fields.


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