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Is it worth being a double major or am I just creating more work for myself?

Topic: Academics | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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Whether pursuing a double major is beneficial depends on what the second major is in and what your future career plans are. If you do not have career plans in mind, then a second major can only benefit you. If you have a career in mind, then you should decide if the second major would be applicable to that career. If the second major is in a related field to your first major, then pursuing the second degree could be worthwhile. If the second degree is completely unrelated to your first degree and planned career, then do not pursue it unless it is a field you thoroughly enjoy.

Answered by: Rancor202 T. | over 3 years ago
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Overall, I feel that being a double major is worthwhile, to leave college with two highly-developed sets of knowledge will give a graduate more versatility in career options. If opportunities are dry in one area, you can switch to finding opportunities related to your second major. Or perhaps, if you feel dissatisfied with the work related with one major, you can switch over without needing to undergo additional coursework like getting a Master's degree. Based on what I've heard from others, I think getting a double major is most ideal if the primary major you are pursuing doesn't require as many credits relative to other majors in the first place. As you said, being a double major is a lot of work. You'll be taking more upper-level courses that you usually wouldn't need to for a minor. However, if your first major is light on credit requirements (Economics comes as an example for my school,) you'll have more open class slots available to use on an additional major. In addition, if your major doesn't require many courses, you'll need to fill your class schedule with at least enough classes to remain as a full-time student (assuming you are one.) You can fill that void with a minor, but you may want to consider being a double major to go further. The last thing you want to do is to take random filler classes; they would only serve as means to get credits and it'll be harder for you to explain why you decided to take these classes in the event that someone such as an recruiter inspects your class transcripts. Finally, I think you've already thought this, but being a double major also makes you very distinguishable among your peers. If a Political Science is reputed to be relatively easy and you have that major, you may want to consider getting an additional major. Chances are, many of your fellow students will also have this major and these kids will also be aiming for the same opportunities as you will come Senior year. You can make yourself stand out with a minor, but you'll further distinguish yourself with an additional major which shows your higher level of work and dedication compared to that of your rivals. You also want to take a look at your circumstances. Are you paying tuition according to how many credits you take? Can you finish your General Education requirements without impeding progress in your majors? If you know you'll be incurring extra expenses or hampering your overall graduating ability, a double major will sound like too much trouble. As for myself, I'm only an Accounting major. While my school allows me to essentially take as many classes I want and I entered college with enough credits to complete most of my General Education requirements, at the moment, I need to take four classes per semester to finish my major. Thus, I don't consider myself to be in a position in which I can get a second major. However, looking back, it would have been better if I had pursued a second major earlier because my Freshman year was populated with all sorts of filler classes that while were enlightening, didn't apply much to my subsequent Sophomore year's classes. In summary, a double major is great, but is really necessary only if your initial major isn't very difficult compared to other majors. Otherwise, it is really up to how much extra work you can handle and whether your situation will allow you to pursue additional majors.

Answered by: French Press C. | almost 4 years ago
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It depends on what your major is. For example, if you choose to major in psychology, because you are really interested in how the brain works, it may pay off to double major in psychology and biochemistry. It may be added work load, but you will be more prepared for whatever career you wish to pursue in future. Just make sure both majors complement each other and that you *can* take that added work load!

Answered by: Ktownmeh O. | almost 4 years ago
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I am a double major, and my majors work in tandem with each other (French and History are really great if you want to study French history). I know several other students who are double majoring in tandem studies, like Biology and Chemistry for a career in Biochemistry. Be forewarned that it is a lot of work, but that it certainly does pay off if you have a specific study in mind. However, there is a point where one just begins to "collect majors". I had the option to triple major, but it becomes a little pointless (and let's face it, "communications" is not a real major, especially when you're already a language major and have well demonstrated the ability to communicate). Also, if you're not seriously dedicated to both of the majors that you have chosen, then you could be walking yourself into a lot of needless grief. Do not be afraid to double major in two things you love even if they are not directly related to each other, just be sure that you have the drive to work in them.

Answered by: Elleygirley B. | over 3 years ago
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Depending on what you double major in, it may or may not be more work. Double majors can be beneficial in that you have experience in studying multiple areas. However with the added experience comes the extra work.

Answered by: Awsumpossum U. | almost 4 years ago
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Yes and yes. I am a double major (Math Physics) and it is a lot of extra work. it also has resulted in me delaying my graduation by a full semester. However, look at the benefits. You will have a degree in two subjects giving you a greater job spectrum. It also looks good on your resume to say you were willing to put in the extra work. So in the end I say it is completely worth it despite the extra work you will have to deal with. What is another semester of classes compared to 30 years of good pay and more work available for yourself?

Answered by: College Student123 T. | almost 4 years ago
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If you are truly interested in both majors, and you would willingly take most of the courses in each major, then you should go for it. I started off as a French / Chemical Engineering double major, and then I ended up turning the French major into a minor because I realized that taking those extra classes was physically possible but would likely negatively affect the quality of my work in my main major. It definitely decreases your freedom in terms of your schedule. Also think about whether you are likely to use each of the majors for a job. If you are just interested in one of the majors but plan to use the other major for a job, then you may want to consider just taking any courses you are interested in for the other major and/or turning it into a minor.

Answered by: Anrimala36 C. | almost 4 years ago
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This is entirely based upon opinion, however I can tell you from experience that it is worth it. You will have more work to do, but you will become a lot more knowledgeable about your desired topics, have more jobs available, and learn to adopt a strong work ethic. This is definitely a great way to setup a bright future for yourself!

Answered by: Elitesack O. | almost 4 years ago
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Whether carrying two majors is worth the effort of not really depends on your career goals. For example, if you are dead set on being a chemist with a concentration on the environment, then a double major in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences will make your resume shine when you begin to look for a job. On the other hand, if you are unsure of what you want to do after college and the only reason that you are considering taking on two majors is for the bragging rights, it may not be worth it. College is harder to survive than most professors and mature adults remember. Do not take on more than you can handle unless you have a very good reason!

Answered by: Collegegrad10 I. | almost 4 years ago
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I think it depends on what you are majoring in. Unless your minor is related to your major, it would be a waste of time and energy to just pick a minor for the sake of it. Minors usually do not have the upper level classes that employers are looking for.

Answered by: Unigrad Y. | almost 4 years ago
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If you are genuinely interested in both majors and can't decide on one or the other, a double major can definitely be worth it. If however, you are thinking of becoming a double major simply for the point of having two, in the end the added work will not really matter as a degree is a degree. Double major can often open more doors, as the students are generally more well-rounded and have a specialty in more than one field.

Answered by: Paris587 U. | almost 4 years ago
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If you have the discipline to do all the necessary work, a double major can be a huge advantage in your career. For example, a double major in French and Business Administration will let you apply for jobs in the United States, Canada, and several countries in Europe. It's hard work but it can pay off for the future.

Answered by: Kat68 Q. | almost 4 years ago
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It depends what you want to do. If you want to open a computer company for instance, it is a good idea to get a major in both business and computer science. However, if both of the majors do not directly relate to your intended career, it is not worth it. If they somewhat relate, major in the one which has most precedence and minor in the other. If one of the majors is for your career and the other is simply because you like it, you major in one and minor or just take some classes in the other.

Answered by: Mayell U. | almost 4 years ago
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It is worth it if you can handle the work and if you like both subjects. You can always minor in one of them to make things a little easier. Double majoring won't impress anyone if you do poorly in both subjects.

Answered by: Work It B. | almost 4 years ago
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The answer to your question really depends on what two subjects you are doing? If you are majoring in two different fields than you would be able to enter two fields of employment when you graduate. However, if they are in the same field, than it could potentially be a waste. Ultimately, employers will look at you, your work experience and your portfolio (presentation of your work) to see if they want to hire you.

Answered by: L Platter F. | almost 4 years ago
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Its totally worth being a double major, if you are interested in the majors. If you plan it out well and early you may not be creating more work for yourself. You usually have to take a certain amount of courses anyway, and if they fit into both your majors it provides an excellent opportunity for you to be more competitive in the future. You will have more options available if you double major in terms of employment and graduate schools. So if you like two different majors early enough in your academic career go for it!

Answered by: Da Kidez H. | almost 4 years ago
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Many times, double majoring is very much worth it because it qualifies you for many more jobs as well as an eventual higher salary. However, be prepared for all of the work that will be involved. Stay on top, and everything will go fine.

Answered by: Batman S. | almost 4 years ago
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Depending on the two majors, it could be a good or bad idea. Some people choose to have a double major in a foreign language such as spanish. In some careers it is mandatory to speak more than one language and in this scenerio, it would be wise. Choosing a double major that compliments the first is sometimes wise as it would be easier to find a job upon graduation. Double majoring is a lot more work, so make sure you are fully prepared to take on all if the extra work.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | almost 4 years ago
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This heavily depends on what you want to do with your career. Think about how much you will need each major for the job you want. It may be the case that a minor is enough because the major will prepare you for most of the work. If it is about equal or you know it will make you look more desirable to a favorite graduate school or place of employment, then a double major is for you.

Answered by: Junior Sweet P. | almost 4 years ago
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It depends on the person. Most people would find it MUCH more work for themselves because you're basically doubling the work. However, if you're used to doing a lot of work, this shouldn't be a problem.

Answered by: Greg I. | almost 4 years ago
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In my opinion, having a double major puts you one step above the other people applying to a job. A double major can also get you access to jobs that are not easy to get that require knowledge from both majors. Having one major is perfectly fine, but having two can help.

Answered by: Bowz N. | almost 4 years ago
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It depends on your purpose for the double major and whether you're at a liberal arts school or not. I was double major, but it wasn't that bad because I was at a liberal arts school, so the prerequisites were the same for the majors (psychology and religion). Personally, I wish I had a single major and double minored because double majoring meant I couldn't take as many psychology courses as I wanted and there were some other areas I would have liked to explore more. I don't think I really created anymore "work" for myself, but I did limit some of my options. If you want to do it because you love the topics, then you should do it, but if you are doing because you think you need to for a job - be sure you really need to.

Answered by: Psychphd P. | almost 4 years ago
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A double major shows accomplishment and tenacity. However, if you are not able to handle the workload it can be damaging. Make sure your second major can open up additional opportunities for yourself.

Answered by: Mentor4you S. | almost 4 years ago
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If you are willing to take on the course load then you can consider doing a double major. Depending on your majors that you are choosing it may be useful in whatever venture you are looking to get into. I would recommend talking to a career advisor to see if taking a double major is needed in your career path.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | almost 4 years ago
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Many times, double majoring is very much worth it because it qualifies you for many more jobs as well as an eventual higher salary. However, be prepared for all of the work that will be involved. Stay on top, and everything will go fine.

Answered by: Batman S. | almost 4 years ago
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Depending on the two majors, it could be a good or bad idea. Some people choose to have a double major in a foreign language such as spanish. In some careers it is mandatory to speak more than one language and in this scenerio, it would be wise. Choosing a double major that compliments the first is sometimes wise as it would be easier to find a job upon graduation. Double majoring is a lot more work, so make sure you are fully prepared to take on all if the extra work.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | almost 4 years ago
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This heavily depends on what you want to do with your career. Think about how much you will need each major for the job you want. It may be the case that a minor is enough because the major will prepare you for most of the work. If it is about equal or you know it will make you look more desirable to a favorite graduate school or place of employment, then a double major is for you.

Answered by: Junior Sweet P. | almost 4 years ago
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It depends on the person. Most people would find it MUCH more work for themselves because you're basically doubling the work. However, if you're used to doing a lot of work, this shouldn't be a problem.

Answered by: Greg I. | almost 4 years ago
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In my opinion, having a double major puts you one step above the other people applying to a job. A double major can also get you access to jobs that are not easy to get that require knowledge from both majors. Having one major is perfectly fine, but having two can help.

Answered by: Bowz N. | almost 4 years ago
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It depends on your purpose for the double major and whether you're at a liberal arts school or not. I was double major, but it wasn't that bad because I was at a liberal arts school, so the prerequisites were the same for the majors (psychology and religion). Personally, I wish I had a single major and double minored because double majoring meant I couldn't take as many psychology courses as I wanted and there were some other areas I would have liked to explore more. I don't think I really created anymore "work" for myself, but I did limit some of my options. If you want to do it because you love the topics, then you should do it, but if you are doing because you think you need to for a job - be sure you really need to.

Answered by: Psychphd P. | almost 4 years ago
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A double major shows accomplishment and tenacity. However, if you are not able to handle the workload it can be damaging. Make sure your second major can open up additional opportunities for yourself.

Answered by: Mentor4you S. | almost 4 years ago
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If you are willing to take on the course load then you can consider doing a double major. Depending on your majors that you are choosing it may be useful in whatever venture you are looking to get into. I would recommend talking to a career advisor to see if taking a double major is needed in your career path.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | almost 4 years ago
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It depends on what your major is. For example, if you choose to major in psychology, because you are really interested in how the brain works, it may pay off to double major in psychology and biochemistry. It may be added work load, but you will be more prepared for whatever career you wish to pursue in future. Just make sure both majors complement each other and that you *can* take that added work load!

Answered by: Ktownmeh O. | almost 4 years ago
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Being a double major is definitely more work, however it makes you more versatile and unique; giving you more options for jobs.

Answered by: Lucyb00 O. | almost 4 years ago
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Depending on your school, you may have more options than you can possibly think! Adding a minor or a double major can enhance your academic experience and gives you an advantage when job-searching after graduation, and if you can deal with it then you will have a lot of oportunities in the future. Good luck.

Answered by: Syluna Hirokashi X. | almost 4 years ago
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Yes it is worth always to have a double major because education is always valuable . By doing double major you will be getting more knowledge about two subjects which are related or different. You have to work more for achieving this. If you have real passion in being a double major and have real enthusiasm to study then only go for that otherwise you feel burden of overwork as you mentioned in your question.Best of Luck. Good Future is waiting for you.

Answered by: Jinsin F. | almost 4 years ago
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It is worth being a double major if there are two subjects you are interested in. Some jobs require that you have a breadth of skills, and double majoring can help you acquire them. For instance, many government agencies are interested in candidates with a scientific as well as a political science background. You are also creating more opportunities for yourself by preparing for two different fields. It will be more work, but it can definitely be worth it.

Answered by: Kitty W. | almost 4 years ago
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Double majors can look nice when applying for jobs later on, especailly if the majors complement each other such as a business dergee with an art degree if you were planning on running an art studio or something like that, but it would be redundent to get a math degree with a business degree because so much of business involves math. Although most employers look upon this positively some may view you an indecisive. Overall though I think that getting more education can never hurt you.

Answered by: Anna2662 H. | almost 4 years ago
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Double majors are very, very difficult on a student. And, they are even more difficult to complete successfully. Consider carrying a minor rather than a double major. It will be much less stressful on you and you will still gain experience in both fields of learning.

Answered by: Upallnight I. | almost 4 years ago
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A double major is definitely more work. If you really are into two subjects, then go for it. But if you're not big on applying yourself more, then just do one on your one major.

Answered by: Choco Mint Y. | almost 4 years ago
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It depends on what the major is and what benefits you would gain from double majoring. A lot of people believe that double majoring is a lot of extra work and it really is not. A lot of classes count towards both majors, especially if the classes are in the same school e.g. (liberal arts, business, etc). Also, double majoring looks good to employers and advanced schools because it adds more credentials to your background, especially if the majors are related. For example, government and economics.

Answered by: Utlonghorn H. | almost 4 years ago
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Only you can decide if its worth it to double major. I know most people who double major have one of their majors as something that might not make a lot of money. For example like if you were a theater major and wanted to pick up a second degree as back up, that would be smart. Double majoring is going to be more work, but if you don't like it you can always drop it. With a double major you will have something to fall back on.

Answered by: Kw29 H. | almost 4 years ago
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