<p>Hi, I'm going to be a junior majoring in Economics. I want to ultimately get involved with something like consulting or a similar business field after graduating. However, this past summer I'd read about becoming a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department (economic cone) which looked attractive as I travel a lot on my own, love foreign cultures, and pick up languages very quickly. (This is a dream job though, and I know it's not something to go to as a sure thing. I will definitely be pursuing a career while applying to be an FSO).
This made a double major with International Relations (World Trade focus) look extremely attractive, especially since I had fulfilled plenty of the prereqs on my own (Econ classes and language classes - I am fluent in German). I mapped out a four year plan and as it turns out, without summer school, I can finish the double major within two more years.
Now, this is all well and good and I've picked my classes for next fall with the intent of double majoring Econ/IR-World Trade, but I'm starting to reconsider.
Since the IR focus is basically Econ-lite(there is a LOT of overlap), it seems like it could be a bit redundant regarding job opportunities, and I feel like I could get more out of my degree if I were to focus more on Econ classes and take up a minor such as Statistics. That and IR would probably take a bigger toll on my GPA - I love Econ, but there are a lot of Political Science, History, Sociology, and Arts/Culture related classes that I would have to take which may trip me up a bit.
Also, if I were to major solely in Econ, my schedule would be a lot looser and I would probably be able to study abroad, which I would love to do. I'm already applying for an Economics-related internship in Germany next summer (through ICE if anyone here knows it) but I would like to take classes abroad as well.</p>
<p>So to sum it up...
Pros of double majoring:
Looks good if I consider working for the State Department (debatable - any input?)
Can do it within the next two years if all classes are available
More breadth (Poli Sci, History, Sociology, Arts and Cultures)
Can apply to a wider range of jobs (not sure about this one, but generally double majoring tends to give that feeling)</p>
May hurt GPA
Tight schedule and probably more work - and if I don't get the classes I need, I may have to take summer school or stay over four years
Inability to study abroad because of strict schedule
Possible redundancy between Econ and IR-World Trade
<p>Pros of majoring in Econ alone:
Class schedule flexibility
More depth - I'll be able to take more Econ classes than I need to
Can minor in Stats or something that directly complements Econ - or not!
Should be able to study abroad due to flexibility
Probably higher GPA</p>
One BA vs two
Might not look as good as Econ/IR to the State Dept (also, debatable, I don't know enough about their criteria to really know. From what I've read it looks pretty mysterious)</p>
<p>So, your two cents?</p>
<p>Wow, I typed an essay here. Hopefully it all makes sense. I'm currently leaning away from the double major but whatever you guys say could tip me either way... thanks!</p>