Double Majoring in College: Why Would I Do That?

Most people go into college with the mentality that they want to get their degree and get out in four years. Some know what they want to study before they begin school, others take a while to figure it out.

Most people don’t begin their college career with the intention to study more than one thing, though. It might be worth a try. Here are a few reasons why double majoring in college might be worth your consideration.

You’re passionate about two different programs.

Whether the programs are similar or very different, both can work out.  I started out majoring in journalism, and later on picked up a major in communications as well. Let’s face it. A lot of writers tend to be quiet and kind of awkward. Though I am as well, I figured enough communications courses would help me out of my shell, and they did.

I felt like it would give me an advantage in the hiring process being able to say, “well yeah, I’m a writer, but I can talk too!”

Those two degrees go well together. This also works in your favor if you’re interested in two completely different fields of study. When you graduate, your job hunt will be expanded much more than someone with only one degree.

I have a friend who double majored in psychology and French. She just graduated and she has double the prospects when it comes to a searching for a job.

You need all of those credits anyway.

At my school, you need 124 credit hours to graduate. They also require 40 hours worth of general education courses. 40 hours of classes that have absolutely nothing to do with your major. That leaves you with 84 hours left to graduate.

The journalism program only requires 33 credit hours. That leaves 51 credit hours. Sure, it would be kind of fun to just take a bunch of classes that genuinely interest you, but do you really want to spend all of that money on classes that you’re taking “just for fun?”

You might as well pick up another major to fill in those other hours. You might even have a few left over to take fun classes, depending on your programs.

It looks good on a resume.

Much of what we do in college is determined by what we want to put on our resumes. It’s a good thing to look involved, well-rounded, and ambitious. Double majoring in college definitely gives employers that impression.

It’s hard work completing two degrees in the time that most people complete one, so a potential employer will be impressed to see that a good majority of your college life was spent studying rather than partying. It also shows that you’re flexible. And flexibility is a highly sought-after trait in the job world.

Before you make your decision about whether or not double majoring in college is right for you, be sure you talk to your academic advisor.  Different programs have different requirements, and some programs are easier to double major with than others.  It may cost a bit more, it may be more time consuming than pursuing one degree.

Double majoring is not for everyone, but there’s no harm in researching whether or not it’s right for you!

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Carmen Bojanowski

Carmen Bojanowski

Carmen Bojanowski is a senior at Eastern Michigan University, double majoring in journalism and communications. She writes for her college newspaper, mostly covering local bands and interns at 89x, a metro-Detroit radio station. She frequents the movie theater and when she has free time, she likes spend it with her friends. Carmen hopes to one day be a music journalist.