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Should You Minor in Something at UMass?

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Umass student standing at a whiteboard. Text: "Minor Considerations - Find a new passion and gain a new skill

The University of Massachusetts is known for its wide array of majors and academic programs. While UMass has more than 100 majors, it also has a variety of minors. But should you add a minor to your major? To me, the answer is easy. Minoring in an area of study can actually be a invigorating and wholesome experience. Here are a few of the reasons why you should also pursue a minor at UMass Amherst.

For starters, pursuing a minor may lead to finding a passion or interest you never knew you had. The beauty of it is that it allows students to study and learn about something completely different from their major. There are many minors from which to choose, and all of them are interesting and useful in their own ways. From astronomy, to wildlife, to physics or even music performance, there is almost certainly something you will find interesting.

You also have the opportunity to minor in areas around your major field of study that will benefit your major and ultimately your career path. For example, many business students often minor in information technology because many business fields require strong technical and computer skills. Having a business degree and an IT minor may give a student the upper-hand when it comes to job interviews and overall hands on experience. 

Often times, completing courses required for your major can satisfy minor requirements. For me, pursuing a business degree has led to taking a few classes that are required for the economics minor. I was very close to completing the economics minor without even knowing it!

Overall, pursuing a minor at UMass Amherst is not as daunting as it seems. It will require some extra courses to take, but if you have enough time in your schedule, it is definitely something you should look into!

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