By Diane Kollman
By Diane Kollman

A college minor may help students in their future careers.

Adding a minor demonstrates a skill set outside of your major, amplifies comprehension of your main area of study and allows you to explore other areas. Although your minor may not matter much to employers, the experiences you gain from those specific courses have many potential advantages. Below are some of the most common majors, along with suggestions for corresponding minors and careers.

• English

Graphic design: Being able to edit images and design Web pages provides a unique advantage for English majors. With the rapid growth of online audiences, more English-related careers are moving to the Internet. Independent publishing companies and copy-editing services will appreciate an employee who can create graphics to accompany his or her writing.

Business: The ability to effectively communicate and synthesize information are among the core strengths of English majors. Blending these traits with business knowledge can generate an impressive list of competencies and create a gateway to higher-paying careers. Positions in the areas of marketing coordination, search-engine marketing, sales and financial analysis are all viable options.

• Biology

Chemistry: For those whose souls have not been entirely deadened by organic chemistry, tacking on a minor in chemistry is an ideal route for biotechnology and pharmaceutical enthusiasts. In addition, a chemistry minor (or even a double major) is one way to distinguish an application amidst the sea of biology major candidates when applying to highly competitive medical schools.

Biomedical engineering: An interest in the realm of bionics, genetic engineering, medical technologies or similar areas corresponds with biomedical engineering, a field that combines medical science and engineering. This minor would allow for the exploration of specific career paths, especially those that involve research and inventing or modifying medical technologies.

• Accounting

Professional writing: Accounting may be the language of business, but accounting majors are notoriously mediocre writers. Having the ability to write professionally and eloquently provides an edge in the workplace. Opt for a professional, business or technical-writing minor instead of an English minor to ensure that all courses are relevant to the business world rather than the literary.

Computer science: As one of the fastest-growing career fields, computer science complements an accounting major because many accounting firms depend on an increasing number of computer-based systems. A mastery of computer programming and mathematical reasoning is a great asset for accounting students seeking a position in the IT auditing industry.

• Political science

Economics: Amassing information on world events, statistical analysis, market systems and government operations will ultimately build a stronger foundation for the practical knowledge required for both political careers and law school. Enrolling in a series of economics courses also helps one comprehend how economic policies affect both individuals and global governments.

Strategic communication: While this field is largely concerned with advertising, political-minded students will appreciate the focus on communication between organizations and their clients or constituents. In addition to becoming familiar with various forms of media, students involved in strategic communication must learn to modify messages depending on their audience. Careers related to political science and communication include political campaign work, journalism, sales, marketing and legislation.

• Psychology

Biology: Careers in psychiatry require expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. A biology minor supplies a broader understanding of how the human body responds to psychotropic drugs and other medical treatments. Certain areas of psychological research may also depend heavily on anatomical knowledge, especially physiology and genetics. Graduate school is a must for most psychology majors seeking these occupations, and undergraduate minors can serve as preparation for a future specialization.

Criminal justice: Forensic psychology exists within the criminal justice system and civil courts. In this profession, psychologists may conduct child-custody evaluations, assess the mental stability of individuals or provide psychotherapy services to victims of crime. Undergraduate psychology majors can investigate forensic studies through the minor in order to determine whether such a career matches their interests.

While this may be a relatively short list, keeping these examples in mind when considering minors can be beneficial. As evidenced above, it may help to think about the areas where your major falls short of your future career’s expectations. What additional skills can you pick up to set yourself apart from your peers? Above all, make sure to choose a subject that fascinates you.

Diane Kollman is one of Uloop’s Student Writers from Ohio State University. For more college news, interviews and advice, check out



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