Double Majoring..is it worth it

<p>I'm thinking of double majoring in intl relations and econ and a minor in poli sci.</p>

<p>but ive realized i want to take a semester off to do an internship and possibly even save money for grad school by graduating a semester early.</p>

<p>so double majoring would hold me back. does double majoring really make you look better when trying to find a job/more importantly get into a top 5 law school/public policy school?</p>

<p>im thinking of just doing an honors major in intl relations and a minor in econ</p>

<p>your thoughts...?</p>

<p>I think it depends on the type of job you apply to. </p>

<p>One of my teachers graduated from Brown with international relations, and one of his friends with a double major. He said it was easier for his friends to stand out in applications, etc.</p>

<p>But since you're planning on going to graduate school, I think it would compensate for majoring in just intnl relations. </p>

<p>Good luck @ Brown!</p>

<p>Your posts are awfully schizophrenic at times. I thought you were interested in management consulting? Anyhow, I think all of your concerns are negligible -- you haven't even started college. Why don't you wait to try out the college-level version of economics, international relations, etc. until you start developing long-term plans? It's amazing -- sometimes you take a random class in college and it becomes your major. A good friend of mine thought for ages she'd major in French and now she's declared "Growth and Structure of Cities" as her major. Be open to exploration, especially considering you're "torn" between management consulting and law/public policy -- two completely disparate fields.</p>

<p>It doesn't really make a difference as far as getting into a top law school. Let's take Harvard Law for example:
TLS</a> Stats - Law School Application Statistics</p>

<p>If double majoring will hold you back from a better internship or strain you financially (due to tuition that is) so that you wouldn't be able to attend law school, then don't bother.</p>

<p>No unless your current major is not so useful. Most people double major because they want to do something more "fun" than their current major.</p>

<p>I am double majoring with a minor and I am still graduating a semester early. I might as well get as many majors as I can for my money. I love both of my majors, and they are both writing intensive which is something law schools look for. The only downer is I need to do 2 final presentations, but it's easy to get out early and double major. You can always drop a major, too.</p>

<p>@sligh_anarchist - i want to go to either law scool or public affairs school but i WANT to go into management consulting. i simply would rather go to either of those types of schools rather than business school sdince its too mat intensive for my liking.</p>

<p>What do you mean business school is too intensive for your liking? I don't see how public policy school or law school fits into management consulting as a career. I'd recommend talking to career services at Brown in the next couple of years to see how you could possibly mold these interests (if at all).</p>

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so double majoring would hold me back. does double majoring really make you look better when trying to find a job/more importantly get into a top 5 law school/public policy school?

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Nobody really cares about a double-major, especially when they're in two liberal-arts areas. There are some exceptions -- I knew a guy who wanted to be a medical illustrator so he majored in studio art and biology. But for the large part your liberal arts degree(s) just say that you were smart enough to get into and complete college. Nobody makes a career as a professional economist or diplomat or whatever based on just a bachelors degree.</p>

<p>And if killing yourself to finish a double major costs you a chance at doing things like internships then you've just destroyed your chances. Internships and other vocational-related experience are how you stand out and get a great job out of college.</p>

<p>If you really like it the two subjects then that's a good reason to double major, but if you think it will further your job prospects then you should probably really research before assuming this plan will work.</p>

<p>And it's true, doing a really great internship could mean everything. You could talk all you want to about the classes you took and the projects you did, but what's going to make you really stand out from the last person who interviewed is what experiences you have.</p>

<p>You can always do internships and stuff over the summer...</p>