Is there value in adding another major?

By Peyton Pitman, Staff Writer

The decision to add a major or a minor can be tough; I’ve been in that situation. The only thing harder than choosing another major is selecting the right other major. After all, a double major means a double amount of work. But is it also double stupid?

I asked myself that very question quite a bit before adding philosophy to my degree track. If I’m planning on going into a career field with my established major, what’s the point of adding another?

It took me a while to finalize the decision, but I eventually ended up choosing to add philosophy to my list of priorities. Why? Because it was fun. It ignited my brain. I felt like I knew more every day than I did previously.

If you’re seriously considering adding a major or a minor to your schedule, here’s a few reasons why it might be useful for you to do so:

  1. You’re going to stand out in your field.
  2. You’re going to learn more than you would in a single major.
  3. It’s going to be hard, but so much fun.

Any other major that you decide to add will be desirable to a future employer. No matter what you add, it will never hurt you in the job finding process; it can only benefit. Not only that, but your brain is going to be taking in double the amount of knowledge than it typically would. Even if you don’t — or can’t — retain information very well, the exposure to multiple subjects will keep you continually learning. There will be times when you question again if the class load is worth it. Double majoring is not easy. However, it will give you the power to study any field you want regardless of your intentions for future employment.

Here at HU, I’ve certainly questioned my decision to pursue multiple degree tracks, but I’ve never regretted it. Even if only one of the above reasons sounds like it might appeal to you, I encourage you to check into it.

Adding a major can be done on the HU portal as well as in the business office. Take your time and figure out what you want to do. But don’t let nerves hold you back. Always strive to know more today than you did yesterday.