pros and cons of a double major

<p>what are the what are the pros and cons of a double major?</p>

<p>depends on what you want to double major in.</p>

biochem + microbiology: bad
politcal science + sociology: bad
english + comparative literature + medieval study: bad
physics + math: okay good
chemE + biochem: good (but hard)
engineering + econ(or communication): good</p>

<p>Part of this is school in how many requirements can you get cross credit for? Mostly the plus is you get to study two disciplines you like and it is increased skill for you. The con is that you may eliminate exploring classes which you may have an interest in and would benefit you......there is only so much time to explore when all electives are used to meet requirements.</p>

<p>I think the main disadvantage is when you're doing two things totally opposite and there's very little/no cross-credit. I have a friend who's going to double-major in enviro science/biology- obviously that's a lot easier than say English and biology. Other cons are that you don't meet as many people in different majors because you have limited time for outside electives. Also, if you're at a large public school, there's a possibility of not graduating in 4 years. Also, it doesn't directly help you in employment. Your knowledge of both will help you, but no one will really care that you double-majored.</p>

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<p>I'm doing a double major in two different subjects (math and spanish) that really have nothing to do with each other at all but I love it. It gives me a chance to work with two different subjects I love at the same time and meet people with different interests. Luckily I went into college with enough backround in each that I'll be able to graduate in the four years as long as I don't have to re-take anything. My advice would be to take a few classes in each subject and get the list of the required classes for each and see if it's do-able. If you still want to continue in both topics after the first year and you can fit all of your classes in for both in the four years then go for it. If not pick the one you enjoy the most or the one that you will be able to use in the future for a career for your major and minor in the other.<br>
What are you thinking of taking on for your majors?</p>

<p>language in a lot of cases is meant to be studied with something else. Let's face it, there's not much for a spanish major out there, but a spanish-speaking pre-med student who becomes a doctor...that's power</p>

<p>Is a double major in Public Policy and Ethnic/Cultural Studies bad?</p>

<p>that sounds doable, but everything depends on your school. that's a pretty easy match.</p>

<p>I just wasn't sure if I should just minor in Ethnic/Cultural Studies. Do you think employers are less likely to hire someone with a degree in Ethnic/Cultural Studies?</p>

<p>employers truthfully don't care if you double-majored or not.</p>

<p>what if i wanted to do a double major? would this be a bad combo? - Computer Science and Criminal Justice</p>

<p>I want to double major in English and Philosophy. Is this a good combination?</p>

<p>how about chinese and philosophy?</p>

<p>Reasons to double major
* It gives you more options. I'm double majoring in History and Comp. Sci. because if I just majored in History, my career options would be more limited. And remember that you may change your mind as to what you want to do after you've been in a career for a few years, so just because you don't think one of your majors is useful now, it doesn't mean it won't be in the future.
* You can meet more people than if you just took classes in your major
* Sometimes, the combination can be really helpful for what you want to do.
* If you'd end up taking most of the classes for the second major anyway, sometimes you might as well go ahead and finish the major
* You have a wide variety of interests, and want to delve deeply into more than just one of them</p>

<p>Reasons not to double major
* If you're absolutely positive that you want to go into one field, and your second major has nothing to do with that field at all, then employers won't care about your second major.
* You won't be able to take as many electives
* It may take longer for you to graduate
* Sometimes, you aren't ALLOWED to have a certain combination of majors, because they're different degrees or are in different schools.
* You won't be able to go as far in depth into just one field.</p>

<p>And remember, you can always have a major and a minor instead of two majors and you can take classes in a field without majoring or minoring in it. Also, if you are think you want to major in subject A, but aren't quite sure because you also like subject B, it might be better to have a have a double major in both A and B for now. Once you figure out what you want to do, you can drop one of them down to a minor. The advantage is that if you do chose subject B, you've already taken classes in it and don't have to worry about graduating on time, which might have been a worry if you had previously only been focusing on subject A.</p>

<p>Finance + Accounting
Finance + Statistics
Finance + Econ
Accounting + Statistics</p>

<p>Any of these reasonable? If not, any others related to business/math.</p>

<p>How about Computer Science and Japanese? Is that a decent/good/bad combo?</p>

<p>My daughter started out as a Japanese and physics dual major. She had conflicts every semester her first two years. Her physics professor was flexible for the first year, but missing 40 percent of her lectures made it a bit tougher. </p>

<p>At her school, the first two years of Japanese language classes required seven contact hours (5 lecture, 2 recitation each week) every semester. Many of her physics and math classes had only one section as did Japanese. That was one of the more difficult parts. She graduates soon with a major in applied math, minors in physics and math, and a certificate in East Asian studies, which would be a major at most colleges.</p>

<p>This is an old thread, BTW.</p>