Making the Most of Your Degree: 4 Reasons You Should Consider Pursuing a Minor

As a third-year undergraduate student here at Nipissing University, I cannot stress enough how important it is that you know your degree and program options. There are so many to choose from, and each degree and program option offers unique opportunities for a student to explore their academic, occupational and individual interests! While I could spend hours talking about the different options you might choose from, today I’ve decided to tell you about my favourite program addition—the minor—and I’ve provided four reasons why you should pursue one too!

1. You can pursue academic interests outside of your major.
Are you a Biology major with a passion for Classical Studies, and topics such as Greek Myth and Religion? Or perhaps a Math major that has always been curious about Philosophy? By choosing to pursue a minor, a student has the freedom to explore their personal interests AND get credit for it on their degree! How cool is that?! Honestly, this program only requires that you enroll in eighteen credits, following the specific minor requirements of your chosen program. Pursuing a minor is a relatively simple way of exploring alternative interests, without adding on a second degree. 

2. You can complement your major and add depth to your degree by taking a minor in a related area of study.
As a Political Science student, one of the BEST decisions I have ever made was to pursue minors in Sociology and History. These programs have given me the opportunity (and the skills) to apply political theory to historical events, while learning about the sociological theories that pertain to various social and political conditions. Not only are my minors relevant, but they also mirror my academic interests! Pursuing a minor that complements your degree will broaden your education and give you experience in an additional field of study—hopefully one that you enjoy just as much as I do.

3. A minor will add to your resume or graduate school application.
While graduating with a minor won’t necessarily guarantee you a position at your dream job, it adds an area of interest on your CV and resume! Choosing to pursue (and complete) a minor will leave a hiring or admissions committee with the impression that you are willing to go above and beyond what is expected of you, and it might give you an advantage over applicants that completed an undergraduate degree with just a major area of study. If you aspire to go into graduate school, pursuing a minor during your undergraduate studies will strengthen your application – especially if you choose a minor that complements your research interests. For example, a History major with research interests in the history of Canadian Politics and Women’s Rights would greatly benefit from having an undergraduate background in Political Science and Gender Studies.

4. Pursuing a minor can translate into a different skill set.
When choosing a minor to enhance your undergraduate degree, you should take into consideration a particular skill set that might best benefit your chosen career path. Whether this be Economics, Computer Science, or English Studies, there are plenty of minors offered at Nipissing that will boost your academic and on-the-job skills. Choosing a minor in English, for example, might help a Science-oriented student perfect their communication skills! 

Interested? Have additional questions? Book an appointment with academic advising, and prepare a list of interests, questions, and concerns. The academic advising team is here to help navigate all of your academic interests and goals!

Amber W.