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I created my eight-semester schedule over Christmas break,… 
3rd-Mar-2006 11:03 pm
I created my eight-semester schedule over Christmas break, incorporating journalism major, sociology minor, and liberal arts requirements. I ended up with only 110 credits out of the mandatory 120 needed for graduation. Today I added the remaining credits I needed -- nonrequired classes that interest me -- and I realized that I had just picked up a creative writing minor. Do you think that having two minors will make me more marketable?
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4th-Mar-2006 04:09 am (UTC)
Well, the more courses and experience you have the better you look definitely.


However, I really don't think it'll make you more marketable. I graduated with two majors and a combined major. I realized if I overloaded one semester I could pick up an additional minor, but when I contacted the head of that department she basically said not to bother since it would be a lot of extra work and the extra minor doesn't actually mean that much. Many people don't see it.




However, as I said before, you can use the extra experience to your advantage, but the minor itself probably won't carry much more weight.
4th-Mar-2006 04:40 am (UTC)
More marketable to whom? I sort of doubt a creative writing minor is particularly attractive to anyone. And I say that as a creative writing MAJOR.
4th-Mar-2006 04:45 am (UTC)
I think it would depend on what you want to do after you graduate. Are you going to hang with the academia and do postgrad work or go the journalism career route after your BA? I've heard of some stranger and less apparently useful combinations of minors that made sense considering the field the student was headed into -- is there a link between all the stuff you're studying in your plans?

(Having said all that, I'm a big fan of taking classes you enjoy just for the sake of it. I picked up a second minor the same way, and while it's pretty much useless to me in my field, I had a good time getting it. School should have fun stuff in it too lol)
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4th-Mar-2006 04:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, I agree with karma_navit, I'm also a fan of taking classes you enjoy just for the heck of it. Great and all if it yields an extra minor, but I think ultimatley marketability is about being good at specific skills. If you can find a job that is really composed of the skills of your majors/minors then great, if the job you want though only will make particular use of your major's skillset then I doubt the minors will add much sway one way or the other.
4th-Mar-2006 04:59 am (UTC)
i say if you're interested in it, do it for yourself. if you have the space in your schedule, i don't see a reason not to do it. i squeezed in an english minor my senior year, and i'm glad i did it, if only for the experience itself.
4th-Mar-2006 05:00 am (UTC)
What about flexibility and realizing that you want to be a chemist?! (or something equally unlikely.) I hope your schedual isn't set in stone.
4th-Mar-2006 05:36 am (UTC)
I would not make a very good chemist. ;o)

No, it is not set in stone. The course catalog is altered and updated every semester, so I will be revising every semester to make sure nothing got switched around.
4th-Mar-2006 05:00 am (UTC)
My sister was a creative writing major, and got an advertising job with it, is now writing radio/TV copy, but office politics have her, sadly, looking for a new job.
Anyway... unless the minor is something like a language, in which you have actual proficiency not just x number of semesters, or something directly applicable to a particular job... I'm not sure minors are all that important
However, journalism and creative writing can go nicely together, and could possibly make you more versitile to a paper when they need something like that.
Experience - good. Taking classes just for fun - good [I took arthurian lit and intro to biblical hebrew just for fun: russian major now in grad school] Official minor: eeh. If you can, why not, but wouldn't go out of my way.
4th-Mar-2006 05:04 am (UTC)
Having a second minor generally won't do squat for you.

I double majored and double minored. If you want to take the classes that's fine, but don't expect it to help you tremendously.
4th-Mar-2006 05:17 am (UTC)
Why not add the remaining credits to Sociology so that you have a Double major in Journalism and Sociology?
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4th-Mar-2006 05:47 am (UTC)
How would it come up? I don't know of very many interviews that delve into what you did in your spare time to accumulate credits.
"Why yes, I DID minor in creative writing, and let me tell you how those 10 credits will help YOU out if you hire me."
4th-Mar-2006 06:59 am (UTC)
I will say that you really should go for what you want to study. if you're interested, even the least bit, in creative writing, go for it. I know I did and I'm kicking my own ass for it and staying in college for 5.5 years, but I also know that I will have gotten the most out of my experience. not to negate the things that you or anyone else is saying, but I don't neccessarily believe that your college experience should be all about making yourself more "marketable". you should learn about the things that you enjoy. point stated. and especially in any kind of writing field, most of the writers I know have many outside hobbies and interest besides writing, interests which make their writing all that more palpable and give them some depth as people.

also what you can do is to take other *non-required* classes in your major. maybe taking classes that don't fall under your plan but are within your field. my boyfriend was a film studies major and a journalism minor, got his first job as reporter. he said that his in-depth reporting class helped him with everything, and he wasn't even supposed to take it. now he has an editing job (that he hates passionately), and he says had he taken the technical editing classes, he would have been better off in his new job. so maybe shopping around and adding some extra courses here and there is a good idea.

and I will say, in the nicest and least biased way possible, that even before I loaded myself into hellsville with my double major, minor, honors and undergraduate thesis, I was still in for it with my major. 134 required credit hours, no room in class selection (even through most of my GEPs), two internships and a recital. just be grateful you've got some room to choose your own destiny!!!
4th-Mar-2006 10:42 am (UTC)
at the same time, i dont think you should major in whatever your pretty little heart feels and not have some long term plan.

im doing political economy and economics at my school. graduating this semester. job offers? about $33,000/ year. im graduating magna cum laude from my school and with high honors from my departments.

my friends is graduating with no honors but with a civil engineering degree. his job offers? $62,000.

money isnt everything. but we have other interests in life outside of these small four years of attending college. and those other interests are often best facilitated with a higher income.

let's be serious. there is no romance in earning $33,000.

of course, majoring in something you hate just so you can get $62,000 earnings in a field you'll also hate is silly. but there is a middle ground between those extremes.

all im saying is dont listen to the 19 year olds in college who say "oh im pursuing that because its my passion and we have to follow our passions in life." those people never lived out on their own and have to face work reality.
4th-Mar-2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
ah, no. Goodness, bless the hearts of the still-optimistic undergrads. I was like that once.
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4th-Mar-2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
Hasn't helped me yet.

In fact, no one even asks about my minors, they want to focus on my majors and my work experience.


Course, I'm just talking about the general job interviewing.

On the flip side, I feel more accomplished and educated for having done two majors and two minors instead of taking just a string of random classes to fill up credit hours.
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