Double majoring in college?

<p>So I have a desire to double major, then often at times I find myself wanting to have a minor as well. I will be attending The University of Iowa, majors: political science and economics; minor: creative writing track. How double is this? I would like free time in college, and I also would like being able to focus greatly in each study.
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<p>Looking for comments.</p>

<p>A lot of things are in play here. How much AP credit are you getting? How many credits are you planning on taking? Do you want to graduate in 3, 4, or are you ok with 5 years?</p>

<p>Fwiw- political science and economics are two majors that compliment each other nicely and might have some overlap. </p>

<p>I'm doing two BAs (not double major) and each of them has 2 minors. I'm graduating in 4 years and I still have plenty of time to focus on each one, hold down 3 jobs, and have a good social life. It's all about time management :).</p>

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A lot of things are in play here. How much AP credit are you getting? How many credits are you planning on taking? Do you want to graduate in 3, 4, or are you ok with 5 years?</p>

<p>Fwiw- political science and economics are two majors that compliment each other nicely and might have some overlap. </p>

<p>I'm doing two BAs (not double major) and each of them has 2 minors. I'm graduating in 4 years and I still have plenty of time to focus on each one, hold down 3 jobs, and have a good social life. It's all about time management .

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<p>Wow, that's really impressive - I feel I sometimes have to step up my game and be more like that >_<</p>

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<p>I'm curious. Can you describe what your jobs are and what majors/minors are etc?</p>

<p>I really don't want to hijack this thread, so I'm gonna PM you.</p>

<p>If you want to go to law school you might want to make sure you're not overloading your schedule and hurting your GPA.</p>

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If you want to go to law school you might want to make sure you're not overloading your schedule and hurting your GPA.

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<p>This. I just went through deciding this exactly last year (majors matching too). In the end, double majoring doesn't mean anything to law school admissions if your GPA isn't up to snuff. I doubt that you'd have any problems with graduating in 4 years, but you're not going to be able to take any of the "cool" classes in your major that aren't required but look interesting.</p>

<p>Obviously it will depend on your study habits, organizational skills, etc. My son is at MIT, double-majoring in Physics and Computer Science, and he still has time for a girlfriend, a fraternity, and the Symphony Orchestra. Others there cannot handle just one major. It was easier for him because AP credits allowed him to skip some introductory/required courses. If you want to do it, it can be done.</p>

<p>Thanks for the replies.</p>

<p>I have no Ap credits following me to college. Though I took my math placement test and have the option of taking Calculus I my freshmen year ( took Ap calculus senior year). I do want to keep law school as an option though I also would like to have other options.</p>

<p>^ If you have no AP credits, I would either stick with the double major or pick a major and a minor (or even two minors). It'll be hard to double major, minor, and get your university requirements done. </p>

<p>Good luck :)</p>

<p>Coolbrezze, if you're looking at the writer's workshop because you want to make sure you're writing is strong by the time you graduate, I think PoliSci should take care of that.</p>

<p>Thanks for the replies</p>

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^ If you have no AP credits, I would either stick with the double major or pick a major and a minor (or even two minors). It'll be hard to double major, minor, and get your university requirements done.

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Oh wow, really? I thought it would be double.

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Coolbrezze, if you're looking at the writer's workshop because you want to make sure you're writing is strong by the time you graduate, I think PoliSci should take care of that.

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Well one reason why I was looking at the courses offered in writing was due to my own interest. I always like to write short stories etc... and could read my own work over a million times, a world of imagination. I thought it would be horrible for me to not look into the writing courses given my interest and the school world recognition.</p>

<p>^That seems like something that might be fun, but not particularly important or useful. I would think it would be smarter to take a couple classes in writing as electives rather than minor or major in it. </p>

<p>Just my thought on that one.</p>

<p>Double majoring plus quadruple minoring, triple majoring, etc, is pointless. Pick a majorand add a couple of minors and there you go. You're all set. There is no need to be majoring in all these things. I personally, am going to major (Nursing) and MAYBE double minor (Spanish and Chinese). Your minors should either complement your major OR allow you to express other interests outside yourr major. </p>

<p>Double majoring can be a good thing, but if you are going to do that, then just do that. Adding minors in that isn't necessary and a waste of time and money (assuming you are not on scholarship).</p>

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<p>Or picking ridiculously easy majors and minors. You don't see a whole lot of Engineers doing dual degrees or quadruple minoring in stuff and with good reason.</p>

<p>Back to the OP, don't minor in creative writing. Just take some courses to improve your creative writing skills. Hone in that economics, that will help you in the job market, and political science is a good major for law school, but you don't need to necessarily major in that either.</p>

<p>Are you planning on going to law school/grad school, OP? If so, I strongly recommend not double majoring and adding a minor.</p>

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^That seems like something that might be fun, but not particularly important or useful. I would think it would be smarter to take a couple classes in writing as electives rather than minor or major in it.

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I guess I could take those courses for electives, probably would make more sense. Though now I question what are typical electives college students take?

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Double majoring can be a good thing, but if you are going to do that, then just do that. Adding minors in that isn't necessary and a waste of time and money (assuming you are not on scholarship).

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Yeah, I definately would not want my studies to have a negative effect on each other.

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Back to the OP, don't minor in creative writing. Just take some courses to improve your creative writing skills. Hone in that economics, that will help you in the job market, and political science is a good major for law school, but you don't need to necessarily major in that either.

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I am not completely set on law school, I still would like to have other options of graduate schools such as buisness, public policy/ relations etc... I do know that I would like to double major in political science and economics.</p>

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Oh wow, really? I thought it would be double.

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<p>Oh no, it's definitely doable. I just said it's gonna be rough and you're not going to be able to take a lot of electives. That's why I said go with either a double major or major and double minor :). </p>

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Double majoring plus quadruple minoring, triple majoring, etc, is pointless

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<p>Well then it's a good thing that the OP wasn't planning on doing either of those now isn't it? ;)</p>

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Or picking ridiculously easy majors and minors. You don't see a whole lot of Engineers doing dual degrees or quadruple minoring in stuff and with good reason.

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<p>Actually, every engineering major I personally know is double majoring and most are getting at least one minor. Just saying.</p>

<p>^^Econ and PoliSci is a good combo if you take the legit Econ classes as well (like Econometrics, don't fill your schedule with the easiest Econ classes), and probably keeps most non-technical professional schools open.</p>

<p>^It doesn't take much beyond a typical engineering curriculum to minor in Math or Physics if those are the minors you know engineers are getting.</p>

<p>Thanks for replies</p>

<p>Yeah I'm definately trying to keep my options open, although I know political science will serve me well for law, and other similar fields. While economics will be useful for buisness, etc...Sounds like it's best to take creative writing classes as electives?</p>

<p>^ Well it depends. You might just happen to take enough creative writing classes to make it count as a minor. And if not, then it's not a big deal. </p>

<p>PoliSci and Econ is a really good double major combo and I think that should be your prime focus. </p>

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^It doesn't take much beyond a typical engineering curriculum to minor in Math or Physics if those are the minors you know engineers are getting.

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<p>Nah... the ones I know with minors are all in social science/liberal arts areas. One is English, one is psych, one is sociology, and a lot of the double majors I know of are double majoring in something education-related, which is really credit-intensive.</p>