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JackWalker
Nov 17th, 2006, 11:11 PM
i am a junior in college majoring in psychology. i am about to finish my lower division requirements this quarter and about to enroll for next quarter. my advisor told me that i needed to take ten more electives before i graduate. then the thought came to me. why don't i get a minor in another subject since i have to take ten electives any way? is it worth all the work?

Sally Struthers
Nov 17th, 2006, 11:25 PM
It's not worth it unless you're minoring in something that is very related to psychology. Like maybe a biology minor, but if you're talking about something else I would not do it. Also the scheduling may be hard due to prerequisites and things like that you would need for certain courses in your minor.

controlfreak
Nov 17th, 2006, 11:31 PM
Get a minor if you will, but please don't have sex with him.

JackWalker
Nov 17th, 2006, 11:32 PM
Get a minor if you will, but please don't have sex with him.

hahahaha. no, i mean a minor in college

NyCPsU
Nov 17th, 2006, 11:47 PM
im majoring in biology and minoring in psychology..the two are good together

MisterQ
Nov 17th, 2006, 11:51 PM
Yes, a-minor is a wonderfully expressive key. :silly:

I think a minor is something you should only do if it allows you to focus more on a subject you are really passionate about. I don't think there's tremendous practical use when it comes to the actual degree, unless you talk up the significance of the minor a lot in interviews.

Jeff
Nov 17th, 2006, 11:54 PM
In my opinion, no. Do you know at all what you want to do with you psychology degree? If so, then consider taking courses that will strengthen your skills in whatever you want to do, but without necessarily minoring. By actually "minoring" you are forcing yourself to take certain classes you don't want to, and as someone already mentioned, it can be difficult to fit all those requirements into your schedule due to time conflicting schedules.

drake3781
Nov 18th, 2006, 02:34 AM
I say yes. With a minor you have the focused education in another area, which is good for life, plus you have the additional degree for your resume which can help when you are applying for work that is not directly in your field (and probably will help with work that is in your field too).

I completed my requirements by my junior year then spent my senior year taking classes in a completely different area. I'm glad I did.

Consider your minor in general business. I believe that does go with psychology, and will be useful throughout your life.

416_Man
Nov 18th, 2006, 04:19 AM
Well just make sure it corresponds well. Like are you taking psychology as a bachelor of arts or sciences. Decide accordingly.

IcePrincess
Nov 18th, 2006, 05:06 AM
I never bothered with a minor. I just wanted to get my Bachelor's Degree as quickly as possible. (In other words, I wanted to get the hell out of there!) ;)

Believe me, most employers and graduate schools don't care if you had a minor. (I'm speaking from experience).

But if you decide to choose a minor, make sure it's something quick and easy.

:wavey:

Crazy Canuck
Nov 18th, 2006, 05:30 AM
I majoried in psychology and minored in math/stats.

It always surprised me how many 4th year psychology students knew absolutely diddly squat about statistics. If you are going to want to do any meaningful research in psychology and actually be able to understand it, study stats.

Crazy Canuck
Nov 18th, 2006, 05:32 AM
Believe me, most employers and graduate schools don't care if you had a minor. (I'm speaking from experience).

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A psychology student with a strong background in math and stats is far more valuable than one without. Well, at least that's what all my 4th year psych profs who happen to take on grad students said. ;)

Jeff
Nov 18th, 2006, 06:10 AM
A psychology student with a strong background in math and stats is far more valuable than one without. Well, at least that's what all my 4th year psych profs who happen to take on grad students said. ;)

Considering I'm a psych boy and a stats boy, I have to agree with you :wavey:

drake3781
Nov 18th, 2006, 06:19 AM
Considering I'm a psych boy and a stats boy, I have to agree with you :wavey:

As a Sociology major, I agree with this too.

But I get the idea he is looking for an easy way to accomplish a minor - just a way to put all his remaining requirements together into a group that makes up a minor, not to really pursue it out of interest.

IcePrincess
Nov 18th, 2006, 06:46 AM
i am a junior in college majoring in psychology. i am about to finish my lower division requirements this quarter and about to enroll for next quarter. my advisor told me that i needed to take ten more electives before i graduate. then the thought came to me. why don't i get a minor in another subject since i have to take ten electives any way? is it worth all the work?


One more piece of advice to you:

If your university allows you to choose between a Bachelor of Arts, or a Bachelor of Science....... go with the Bachelor of Science. (My undergrad university offered that option.)

You will have to take 2 or 3 additional math and/or computer courses, (like that dreadful calculus) but it looks more impressive to graduate schools. :)

(Once again, I'm speaking from experience.)

Good luck to you!

:wavey:

JackWalker
Nov 18th, 2006, 02:14 PM
thanks for all the help guys. i decided not to get a minor.

Stamp Paid
Nov 18th, 2006, 02:24 PM
Wow, I thought a minor was at least kinda important. I guess not. :help: