Why minor?

There's nothing minor about it

Think of a minor as cross-training for your mind. Jobs are getting more complicated. Employers are looking for employees with a broad and flexible range of skills and abilities. You're more likely to get that job, keep it, and get promoted, if you are able to bring to your work something that others similarly trained cannot.

T Shaped StudentsA minor can help you distinguish your resume from the rest, and your performance in your job from those who have only more narrow knowledge and skills.

But career success is not the only reason to take a minor. You may also want to explore something further that interests you. Love movies? There's a minor in Film and Media Studies. Interested in why people behave the way they do? Minor in Psychology. A sports fan? Learn more about your favorite sports by minoring in Sport and American Culture. With over 50 minors in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, there's a lot to choose from.

Best of all, taking a minor won't kill your schedule, or delay your time to graduation. Minors require between 15 and 21 credits, and all but 8 of those credits can be used simultaneously to fill other requirements. So you may be just a few courses away from adding a minor to your transcript and your resume.

Consider the possibilities:
A marketing major with a minor in professional writing
A systems engineer major with a minor in economics
A health, recreation and fitness major with a minor in communication
A forensic science major with a minor in criminology, law and society
Almost any major with almost any minor in a foreign language
See more popular major-minor combinations, and some that we recommend.