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does it even make sense to have nursing as a major and communications as a minor?

sha33sha33 Posts: 63Registered User Junior Member
edited September 2009 in Transfer Students
I'm a first year CC student and am really split about what i want to major in.
I know that I'm interested in the field of neonatal nursing as well as television production/marketing/broadcasting (weirdest mix ever, possibly).
I'm currently listed as a biology major but i'm thinking of changing it to Communications or Nursing soon.
anyway, i'm thinking about transfering in a year, if i can, and I just want to know if having Nursing as a major and Communications as a minor (or a double major? I'm not familiar with the terminology of all of this) is even a feasible goal.

Also, if anyone knows of schools that have these two as options, please let me know. I've looked into USC and as far as I know they don't really offer a Nursing major but they obviously have an amazing communications school.

I'm so flustered with the whole transfering business. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I really want to get out of CC as fast as I can :/

Seriously, anything that you know that could be remotely related to answering this would be a great help!
Thanks!
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Replies to: does it even make sense to have nursing as a major and communications as a minor?

  • college_ruledcollege_ruled Posts: 1,243Registered User Senior Member
    Nursing programs generally have a set progression of courses, like engineering. Thus, you might have better luck with blending biology and communications as a double major, major & minor, or a "create your own major." Maybe you could mesh marketing with public health?

    Even if you can't major in exactly what you want you could get an internship in that area, such as health awareness campaigns or intern for Discovery Health. (If Discovery Health offers something like that).
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Posts: 19,633Registered User Senior Member
    There certainly are jobs out there for nurses who can communicate - think of all the public health information that needs to be disseminated every year.

    As college-ruled has written above, a nursing degree usually has a very strict sequence of courses that must be followed. If you complete a BSN, there may not be enough electives left for you to complete the requirements for a full second major in communications in just four years. Perhaps you can combine a BSN with a minor in communications, or a Physicians Assistant or LPN degree with a full program in communications.

    Another difficulty that you should watch out for is that in some universities, nursing is in one undergraduate college and communications is in another. Sometimes it is impossible (or at least very very difficult) to double major across colleges. If the two colleges may have different admissions standards or requirements, you may not be able to be admitted to both.

    You can use the College Board CollegeMatchmaker search engine to look for universities that offer both programs. Here is a link to the list it found for 4-year schools in California that offer both nursing and radio/television:

    College MatchMaker: Results

    Wishing you all the best with your college search!
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