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Pursuing a double major


Friday, January 27, 2012
With so many college majors to choose from, you may have a hard time settling on just one major during your four years of college. As a result, you might want to consider completing a double major.

Should you decide to pursue a double major, you will typically be working towards two bachelor’s degrees simultaneously.
Double major programs typically allow you to complete the courses required for both degrees faster than if you pursued each credential separately. However, you should be prepared to work hard.

CollegeAnswer.com, a college planning Web site, states that a double major requires you to be both ambitious and willing to put in the effort necessary to complete the extra course work that comes with pursuing two degrees. In addition, you may need to delay your graduation due to the academic requirements that accompany this option.

As so much is expected of students who pursue two degrees at once, you need to think carefully before you commit to this academic option. It helps to weigh the pros and cons of tackling a double major.

For instance, you may feel that in uncertain economic times, having two undergraduate degrees will give you an advantage in your job search. Furthermore, having two separate credentials may show prospective employers or graduate school admissions officers that you are disciplined and willing to put in hard work.

However, you should not assume that because of your dual degrees employers and graduate schools will find you a more attractive candidate than someone with only one bachelor’s degree, Billie Streufert wrote in a USA Today College article. He added that a double major may provide a competitive advantage if combined with other strategies for career development.

You also need to think about how much of your time a double major will take up. While it is certainly possible, it may be hard to balance twice the workload with the extracurricular activities you may want to pursue.

Before you decide to pursue a double major, you might want to ask others for their advice. Talk to your parents, especially if this option means you will incur additional costs. Speak to teachers and guidance counselors in high school, and then your academic advisor in college. It may help to try to locate a few students who had a double major and get firsthand accounts of what you are in for.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800695091-ADNFCR

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