SELECTING A MAJOR 
SECTION YY 
  • Employers/graduate schools do not necessarily view two majors as better than one
  • Most/all free electives are lost to the second major 
  • They think that choosing one major will restrict them from studying other subjects of interest - it won't (however, a double major leaves little room for electives).

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  • C of C   www.cofc.edu/~career/majorstocareers.html
    Take a second major
    . If you are having difficulty deciding between two majors, assuming take them both or at least take as many courses as you can in both. You will need to complete the requirements for at least one of them to graduate, so even if you are not able to finish the requirements in both, you will still have understanding and knowledge in two major subjects to offer.

    OWN. At many colleges a DOUBLE MAJOR or a MAJOR WITH A MINOR can be completed in four years. If


    OWN  If you are considering a double major and if your college allow this, the first thing to do is to see if earning a double major will delay your graduation. A double major may make sense if the majors are related; two examples are mathematics and either physics or economics. A double major may not make sense if the majors are unrelated; as an extreme example, we have engineering and sociology which would not make much sense unless you are interested in social engineering (just kidding).

    Often times having a double major may lead to two weak majors (i.e. minimally meeting the degree requirements of both majors). A weak major (even if part of a double major) may be a serious disadvantage when applying to graduate school.

    Double majors and minors

    When students have more than one strong interest, they may find it rewarding to complete more than just one major. Provided you can finish all degree requirements without exceeding 200 units, you can pursue a double major or minor.

    Double major

    To graduate with a double major, you must fulfill all of the requirements for both majors.

    • There is no limitation on overlapping courses in the preparation for the two majors, but no more than eight units can be applied simultaneously to both upper-division majors.
    • If both majors lead to the same degree objective (B.A., B.S., B.F.A., B.M.) and come from the same college, you earn one degree. However, if the two majors come from different colleges, or if they lead to different degree objectives, you will earn two degrees.

    A double major usually makes good sense for students who have a genuine passion for both subjects, because they are taking courses for the two majors that they would choose spontaneously. However, because of the requirement to complete all degree requirements and graduate without exceeding 200 units, students pursuing a double major typically have very few totally free elective courses, and some major combinations are not possible.

    If you are thinking about a double, you should discuss your choice with the departmental undergraduate advisor for each major to ensure you understand what is expected. You should also consult an academic advisor in the College of Letters and Science for assistance in evaluating this option and developing a plan. Once you are sure that a double major is right for you, you will need to complete a Change of Major petition and a Memo of Understanding, available in the college advising office, 1117 Cheadle Hall. Click here to view these forms.

    Minors

    Whereas completion of a major is a graduation requirement, a minor is not required. Still, many students like to pursue a minor because of a keen interest in a secondary topic or because it helps them to focus their elective upper-division units (most majors require about 40 upper-division units, but you need 60 upper-division units to graduate). Through a minor you can explore an area that's very different from your major or one that is somewhat similar.

    If you want to pursue a minor, you must speak to the departmental undergraduate advisor. As there is no formal process to declare a minor, the departmental advisor needs to know of your interest in order to set up a file for you and notify the Registrar that you have completed the minor when you are ready to graduate. Note that no more than four units can apply simultaneously to both your upper-division major and your upper-division minor.












    Taking Advantage of Electives


    As we mentioned previously, If undecided about a major, free electives and maybe a general education course can be used to test the water of an possible major. OWN

     

    Pursue a special interest or hobby.

    Spend a semester or year abroad at another campus
    . It is possible to spend a semester in Washington or go to a foreign country or attend another U.S. college. Careful planning is required to do this because of transferring credits, but it can be a very meaningful and exciting addition to your education.

    Develop an occupations-related skill
    . Supplement your core requirements and major courses with electives that are more applied and help you develop a skill area. Courses in accounting, computer science, acting, drawing, technical writing, or journalism can help you develop such skills.




    Double Major and Major/Minor Combinations

    No matter what college you attend and no matter what your major is, you will
    have some free electives; how many will depend upon the college and the major.   
    Students considering full-time employment with their bachelor's degree, may
    want to use their electives to zoom in on a career at the intersection of two
    disciplines.
    Some examples (mentioned by the COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
    Career Services) are:

    • Arts Management (fine arts and business administration)
    • Medical Illustration (biology and art)
    • Music Therapy (Music and psychology)
    • International Business (Foreign language and business)
    • Genetics counseling (biology and psychology)
    • Preservation Planning (history and urban studies)
    • News Commentator (political science and speech or drama)
    • Pharmaceutical sales (chemistry and business)
    • Personnel Management (psychology and business)
    • Scientific Writing (science and English)
    • Public Relations (English and psychology)  

    The preceding combinations can be modified to include a graduate
    degree; for example, where business or business administration
    occur, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) would certainly
    supply the necessary business background.





     

     


     

     

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