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Does a College Minor Really Matter?

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Students who are pursuing bachelor's degrees can also choose minors that complement their programs of study. A minor requires far fewer credits to complete than a major, but with a schedule that's already packed, it can be tough to decide if you have time for extra classes.

Is a Minor Worth It?

Depending on the university, earning a minor can take 15-18 credits. Assuming that each course you take is worth three or four credits, you would only be taking one extra course every other semester as an undergrad. Plus, you can often earn a minor by using your elective credits.

Benefits of Earning a Minor

Finding a minor that complements your major can help you be more prepared after graduation. For example, if you major in computer science or IT, a minor in math can help you develop skills that overlap with some of the core concepts of computer science. Also, employers often prefer to hire multifaceted job candidates. Earning a minor is a concrete statement to potential employers about your other interests.

Choosing Your Minor

You'll often get the most value from a minor by choosing a subject that augments your major, but you can pick anything that interests you. Some students use their minors to learn a new language or pursue creative interests like music or design. However, it's essential that you can fit these classes into your schedule and that you want to take them. Though earning a minor has many benefits, it can be counterproductive to take courses that you don't enjoy.

At the Tulane School of Professional Advancement, we offer degree programs that you can use to pursue a career in business, IT, education, and other fields. You can also choose to supplement your studies with a variety of undergraduate minors. If you're considering going back to school to further your career, apply to Tulane SoPA today.

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