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What's the difference between a minor and a concentration?

mcawesomemcawesome Posts: 85Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2008 in College Search & Selection
What's the difference between a minor and a concentration?
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Replies to: What's the difference between a minor and a concentration?

  • pandempandem Posts: 1,364Registered User Senior Member
    From my understanding, a concentration is well, a concentration within your major. If your major is Biology, maybe your concentration is Botany. It's just a focus within your major.

    A minor on the other hand is usually unrelated to your major and consists of a series of courses in a particular area.
  • yankees713yankees713 Posts: 64Registered User Junior Member
    heres an example

    i am majoring in electrical engineering, with a focus/concentration in computer engineering (which is under electrical engineering)

    and im also minoring in music performance

    so basically concentration is when you focus on a certain area within your major, and a minor is usually a different subject than your major
  • mcawesomemcawesome Posts: 85Registered User Junior Member
    okay i understand now, thanks guys!
  • JasonHoyaJasonHoya Posts: 477Registered User Member
    just to be specific, a minor is a series of courses in a subject, less than a major, that gives you some competence on the subject. For example, if you need 10 classes for a Biology major, a Biology minor will only need 5 classes.

    Also note that some schools are weird and will call majors "concentrations" (i think Harvard does this), but typically a concentration is like what people said, a focus within a major.
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