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What Double Major Should I Add to Finance?

ryanPAryanPA Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
I'm a HS senior who is trying to decide what second major to add to finance. My first choice is accounting but I want to consider more options. Is there any benefit to pursing a second major in economics, marketing, supply chain, etc..
If it helps all of the schools on my list rank from the top 38 to 60 for business by US Newsweek (not that they're accurate but just to give an idea about what schools I'm applying to)

Replies to: What Double Major Should I Add to Finance?

  • prof2dadprof2dad Registered User Posts: 694 Member
    Probably too early to really think about double majors. In general, one wants to test the water for at least 1-2 semesters in his/her university to think about its feasibility. Of course, there is nothing really wrong to start to think about it when one is a HS senior either.

    The most popular double major pair with finance is probably accounting. If economics is not in the business school, but in the arts and science. Then one is generally unable to do double major with economics. A minor (usually outside your home school or college) in economics is more of the case in most universities.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 22,900 Forum Champion
    edited October 2016
    Agree with @prof2dad. For now as long as you know you want to apply to a business school that is enough. Majors are not declared until the end of soph. year of college.

    Every business school program has a core curriculum so you will take introductory courses in a number of disciplines such as accounting, finance, IT, management etc. and then you will major in one (or more) of those disciples. Use those classes to better understand each area and to see where your interests and aptitudes lie before making any decision. In addition in the first two years of college you will have opportunities to talk with professors as well as career service professionals to better understand the opportunities in each field.

    In addition, the Catholic colleges you are considering (from your other post) generally have large liberal arts core curriculums which may make double majoring difficult unless you come in with a lot of AP/IB credits. So in addition to the comments above, see how your schedule shakes out and what is do-able in the 4 years. FWIW my S graduated from the b-school of a Jesuit college and was not able to double major - in fact he had very few free electives - but he got a fantastic education.
  • ZinheadZinhead Registered User Posts: 2,610 Senior Member
    I would look at a double major in an applied field, like building construction, hospitality management, or something similar. It could be what sets your resume apart.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 22,900 Forum Champion
    ^^^I would add one of the majors above only if you are truly interested in working in one of those fields (ex. construction, hospitality etc.)
  • prof2dadprof2dad Registered User Posts: 694 Member
    Double major in building construction etc. is often not feasible because these fields are generally not in a business school. As a result, the number of additional courses for a second major can be too high. Unlike a second major in a business school often requires only 3-5 additional courses.
  • ryanPAryanPA Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    thanks for all of the input guys
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