Helping Your Student Decide on Whether to Pursue a Minor
One of the things your student may have an interest in is a minor. You might be asked to help your son/daughter in deciding on a minor. Here is some information about minors that could help you in giving advice to your son/daughter.
- A minor typically consists of 15-21 credit hours
- Some courses for a major can also be counted in a minor
- Generally pursuing a minor does not extend the stay in college since courses in a minor can be taken as “add-ons” to each semester’s schedule or taken in the summer.
- In some cases, a student may pursue multiple minors.
Here’s some advice that you might give your son/daughter about a minor.
- Use a minor as a way of supporting employment prospects after graduation especially if the student’s major does not have an identifiable job market.
- If the student’s major has a clearly identifiable job market, suggest that your student pursue a minor of personal interest as a way of broadening his/her background.
- Don’t delay graduation to pursue a minor.
- Consult with your advisor about pursuing a minor. Often an advisor can offer helpful guidance on classes to take and fitting in these classes with the major requirements.
You might think of a minor as getting a little extra out of your college investment. If done well, a minor can be both fun and beneficial to a student..