Finding a Purpose for a Minor

When I was taking classes for my Communications major, I learned from my older sister that she was majoring in Communications as well as minoring in Film Studies.  Why take a minor, and what’s the purpose of one?  She told me that you need a certain amount of upper division units (for the UC System) in order to graduate, so many students take up a minor.

The Purpose: Sociology

The reason for my minor, Sociology, was pretty simple: I took an interest in it at my community college before I transferred.  I found the study of society really interesting, and the classes weren’t terribly hard so I figured it would be a lot of fun to minor in.

However, I was a tad wrong about how hard it was going to be.  At UC Davis, I was surprised to find that I was a lot harder than I was expecting it to be.  For my Communications major, I found that it was mostly reading and a few assignments to do as far as homework went.  For my Sociology minor, it was almost entirely reading with at least a few major essays due at certain points.

Hard Work Ahead…

It doesn’t seem like a lot, but some of the articles are at least 40 pages long, and typically there are at least 2 other articles to read.  You can’t forget about your other classes as well which also include reading a certain number of chapters or articles as well.  All in all, you could be reading close to a hundred pages every other night just to give you an idea.

Choose a Minor Carefully

All in all, it can be a lot of work each night.  You have to be very dedicated to what you’re studying or else it will be too easy to fall behind.  I do love my major, but I wish that I had looked a little more closely at what my minor would entail once I transferred.

My advice would be to carefully choose your major for what you’re most interested in and have a little fun with your minor.  Take a look at where you’re going to college and what the expectations are for both your major and minor.

Not Taking a Minor?

It’s also possible to not take a minor at all.  A lot of people only do so because they have a certain about of upper division units to take, which is mostly for when you become a junior and senior.  Instead, once students have completed their major requirements, they will choose to take random classes that are to their liking.

I would suggest this route if you’re not certain about a specific subject other than your major.  However, this can be a trickier way to obtain units in order to graduate.  Your minor can serve as sort of a guide to help you choose classes, and without it it could hurt you in the end.  However, many people choose this path and are just as successful as those who choose a minor.

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Kali White

Kali White

Kali White is a junior at the University of California, Davis pursuing a degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology. Her goal is to have a career working for a publication company writing and editing. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, reading, playing and listening to music, and travelling.

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