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Double Major VS Major+Minor

Sugartati22Sugartati22 Posts: 13Registered User New Member
edited August 2010 in Other College Majors
I will be going to college next year (Fall '11) and I am working on what I am going to be studying. I will be majoring in Social Work and would like to eventually work in international social work. I was thinking about about also getting a degree in international relations to supplement my social work degree. I don't know if I should double major in social work and international relations or major in social work and minor in international relations. Also I would be entering college right into my major because of AP and duel enrollment classes. Thanks : )
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Replies to: Double Major VS Major+Minor

  • URichmond2010URichmond2010 Posts: 737Registered User Member
    When you graduate, it really won't matter if you choose a major or a minor in IR, or anything else that catches your fancy. The core requirements for a major or minor, in any department, are probably the same. Start there and then take the classes that interest you most. If that amounts to a major, that's great, but don't feel like you have to double major, or even major and minor in something. It's good to have a plan, but know that it will probably change.
  • BIGeastBEASTBIGeastBEAST Posts: 1,545- Senior Member
    I'd major in IR, minor in Social Work.

    In fact, I'd drop social work all together. Any degree can get you a job in social work - very easy job to land.

    Come to tihnk of it, I'd drop IR, major in Economics, minor in social work or IR.
  • BlobofBlobof Posts: 1,183Registered User Senior Member
    The difference between a major + minor and a double major is that you'll have more core courses to take with the double major approach, thus fewer electives. You also need to be really interested in both subjects to be able to maintain motivation throughout your degree. Sometimes, once you're there and take more advanced courses, you may realize that you do not like one of the subjects that much and would rather do a minor than complete a double major. I've seen really smart people switch from double major to major+minor because they weren't motivated to finish the requirements in one subject and really wanted to know more about the other.

    And I disagree with BIGeastBEAST, don't study economics if that's not what you're interested in. As a philosophy professor of mine would say: study something you like, because if you can't find a job at least you'll be unemployed in something you like, instead of being unemployed in a field where you wouldn't be happy anyway. Whatever you're most interested in should be your major, and if you're really motivated to work in a second subject, consider the double major. Otherwise, stick to major plus minor (or just one major as URichmond2010 suggested).
  • BIGeastBEASTBIGeastBEAST Posts: 1,545- Senior Member
    As a philosophy professor of mine would say: study something you like, because if you can't find a job at least you'll be unemployed in something you like, ~ Blobof

    Spoken like a true numbskull.

    Your philosophy professor is an idiot.
  • BlobofBlobof Posts: 1,183Registered User Senior Member
    Spoken like a true numbskull.

    Your philosophy professor is an idiot.

    Well, this has nothing to do with the OP, but the guy has written over 400 papers, 80 books, has no less than 16 honorary PhD's, 4 honorary professorships, and many other awards and honors. He's also a physicist, and, as far as I know, is still active at 90.
  • BIGeastBEASTBIGeastBEAST Posts: 1,545- Senior Member
    Yeah, it's amazing that people can be accomplished, yet still be idiots, huh?
  • heampopyheampopy Posts: 157Registered User Junior Member
    Your philosophy professor is an idiot.

    Who are you to criticize his philosophy professor? You're calling him an idiot just because he was referenced to disagree with your dogmatic suggestion. Learn some respect.

    @Sugartati22- Study something you'll enjoy, something that's important to you. You're not paying thousands of dollars for an education in something you'll be miserable with ten years from now.
  • beliefbelief Posts: 579Registered User Member
    i think you don't have to have a specific major to do social work.

    just like you don't have to major in journalism to be a journalist.
    you just have to know how to write.
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