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Should I minor in something?

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I decided that I would rather focus on the Psychology field than a medical field (chemistry just isn't my thing >.>). Now that my schedule will be MUCH freer in the next couple of years, I'm wondering if I should try to pursue a minor in Computer Science.

Pros

  1. Looks good on resume
  2. Would allow me to further my hobby of programming
  3. Would help in almost any field
Cons

  1. More work involved, along with all kinds of schedule shifts
  2. Would be harder to do honor's program in Psych due to extra work

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Go for it -- it's not that much extra work. I mean, you're gonna be taking other classes anyway, whether they are organized into a minor or not.

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I say try a few classes but don't commit. That way, you'll find out if it's all fun and GPA candy or a miserable chore that you come to hate.

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I say go for it.... on the minor.

Am I the only one who got COMPLETELY the wrong idea with the title? Have sex with a kid? What? I was like super relieved to read the body of the post.

Apologies, I am kinda punchy today.

Anna

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I thought the same thing until I read it. I thought somebody was struggling with pedophilic urges. I didn't notice what board it was posted on.

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I say try a few classes but don't commit. That way, you'll find out if it's all fun and GPA candy or a miserable chore that you come to hate.

I took a programming class that is part of the minor/major requirements, and I loved it. I also got a good grade in it. I already have a lot of experience with programming, as well as other things dealing with peripherals.

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Am I the only one who got COMPLETELY the wrong idea with the title?

Nope, it wasn't just you.

Title edited.

~ May

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Almost all BA and BS programs require you to have a minor in something or another. Check with your adviser.

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Dude, you've developed your own goddamn PHP framework... and documented it :-/ Wouldn't it be nice to get recognition for something you're already good at? I'd say go for it.

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Don't get a B.S. in Psych unless you're planning to get a Ph.D (or go to law school). A B.S. in Psych qualifies you for . . . pretty much nothing (at least anything that pays). A comp. sci. minor doesn't really go with it - what value does it add to psych? Maybe something like a biology minor.

A better idea is to get a B.S. in comp. sci. with a psych minor. You can get a job with the comp. sci.; your employer won't care about the minor. Odd, isn't it - it works one way, but not the other.

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Almost all BA and BS programs require you to have a minor in something or another.

Really? It was not required where I was or where anyone I know was.

I had one, though. In computer science, coincidentally.

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Almost all BA and BS programs require you to have a minor in something or another.

Really? It was not required where I was or where anyone I know was.

I had one, though. In computer science, coincidentally.

The closest thing I can think of is that some of your requirements may be in a different field. Like bio tends to require 4 semesters of chemistry (2 general and 2 organic). It's probably really easy to do a chemistry minor as a bio major because your major takes care of most of your minor requirements...

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It must have just been the University System I was in then.

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Don't get a B.S. in Psych unless you're planning to get a Ph.D (or go to law school). A B.S. in Psych qualifies you for . . . pretty much nothing (at least anything that pays). A comp. sci. minor doesn't really go with it - what value does it add to psych? Maybe something like a biology minor.

A better idea is to get a B.S. in comp. sci. with a psych minor. You can get a job with the comp. sci.; your employer won't care about the minor. Odd, isn't it - it works one way, but not the other.

I'm doing a B.A. in Psychology, though I do plan on graduate school.

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I personally believe liberal arts colleges are designed to train you how to think rigorously, not to just substitute for vocational school (which have their place, but s/he is not enrolled in one). What if Swamp56 minored in a "hot" field that fizzles out? That happened with Japanese History and Lit in the 80s. Remember when Japan is Number One was a best seller? Not many people do.

You are going to have a zillion different jobs in your life. Develop your critical thinking skills using something you are interested in studying, don't worry about whether or not you are marketable with a BA.

But if you minor CS, the Silicon Valley is currently snapping up bio-informatics specialists. Again, this most likely will no longer be true by the time you enter the job market, but fyi.

We were not required to minor in anything either. We did have Gen Ed requirements, but they didn't have to follow a particular thread.

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It must have just been the University System I was in then.

Must have been. I don't have to minor in anything anyway. Neither do any of my friends at other university's.

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