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Double Majoring: Worth it?

July 16, 2012 :: Admissionado Team

Adding a major or a minor can give you a competitive edge in the job market, or when applying for internships.

Here’s what an employer sees about you:

  • You are hardworking.
  • You take initiative and can take on difficult tasks.
  • You are very knowledgeable and well rounded.
  • You are adaptable to different kinds of thinking.
  • You’re intellectually curious.
  • You manage your time well.
  • You’re focused, responsible, and goal-oriented.

The best way to go about picking your double major is to imagine yourself in your future career. What skills will you use on a daily basis? What skills will an employer want to know that you possess? Talk to some people who are working in the field you want to work in, and get their advice.

Some popular pairings: foreign language and economics, performing arts and business, journalism and political scienc.  And those are just a few.

The downside to double-majoring? Less time for electives. Your schedule will be pretty tight, and you won’t have a lot of room for flexibility in terms of classes because you have to make sure you can fit in all your requirements. The other possible downside to double majoring is that you may not be able to study abroad. Certain double majors don’t work with study abroad programs because required classes for one or both of the majors may not be offered in the study abroad programs. Check with advisors and academic departments to find out if their majors are compatible with study abroad programs.

Come back next week to get a crash course in finding an internship!