Trouble picking a minor...

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    Oct 19, 2010 7:24 AM GMT
    Its coming up to that time for me to choose a minor. I saw another post on here, "trouble picking a major", and well, thought I'd copy the idea. Hopefully you guys can help out icon_smile.gif

    My major is an Honors Bachelor in science with specialization in human kinetics... I just don't know what a good, as in a complementary, minor would be... Any ideas?

    My issue is that I don't know what I want to do with my degree... med-school? physio-school? masters? and I'm not even sure what I ultimately want to do...

    Too soon to pick a minor... gah!
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    Oct 19, 2010 7:26 AM GMT
    I never picked a minor.
    Glad I didn't, too, because now I've lost interest in the minor I was considering at the time.
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    Oct 19, 2010 7:28 AM GMT
    Reading this thread's title rang a pedophilia alarm inside of me.
  • Gaymer

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    Oct 19, 2010 11:01 AM GMT
    This will sound like a very strange suggestion and rather unrelated, but consider taking up a minor in a foreign language / international studies. Spanish, French, or Chinese could probably the most useful depending on where you are or where you want to go, and if you are even considering a career that might have you interact with customers/clients, it could really help.

    But then again, this might be biased seeing as I am a French Major=P
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    Oct 19, 2010 11:03 AM GMT
    Cax92 saidIts coming up to that time for me to choose a minor. I saw another post on here, "trouble picking a major", and well, thought I'd copy the idea. Hopefully you guys can help out icon_smile.gif

    My major is an Honors Bachelor in science with specialization in human kinetics... I just don't know what a good, as in a complementary, minor would be... Any ideas?

    My issue is that I don't know what I want to do with my degree... med-school? physio-school? masters? and I'm not even sure what I ultimately want to do...

    Too soon to pick a minor... gah!


    Oh, that kind of minor.
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    Oct 19, 2010 11:09 AM GMT
    Psychology
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    Oct 19, 2010 11:13 AM GMT
    Math.. should be easy if you have/need to take calc-based physics.
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    Oct 19, 2010 11:16 AM GMT
    NickFit saidPsychology


    good one!
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    Oct 19, 2010 11:19 AM GMT
    Philosophy
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    Oct 19, 2010 11:22 AM GMT
    NickFit saidPsychology


    I was going to suggest that too. It's a good compliment to applied sciences.
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    Oct 19, 2010 11:26 AM GMT
    Who says that you have to pick a minor? You will have more potential diversity in your courses because you won't be tied to one specific area from which to choose your general education courses.

    In undergrad, I earned my Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, minoring in Biology and Italian. I'm happier that I minored in a language than Biology because it had been an interesting conversation piece at professional school interviews. "Ooooooh, why Italian? Have you ever been to Italy? Blah, Blah Blah." Since you're interested in the sciences, I would consider minoring in Latin (if possible) or another romance language since the roots of most scientific words are derived from that genre of language.
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    Oct 19, 2010 11:35 AM GMT
    chemguy79 saidSince you're interested in the sciences, I would consider minoring in Latin (if possible) or another romance language since the roots of most scientific words are derived from that genre of language.


    True, but is knowing where a word comes from really all that useful?
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    Oct 19, 2010 11:41 AM GMT
    Disasterpiece saidReading this thread's title rang a pedophilia alarm inside of me.
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    Oct 19, 2010 11:47 AM GMT
    Disasterpiece saidReading this thread's title rang a pedophilia alarm inside of me.


    Wow, that Early Warning Detection System is responsive!
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    Oct 19, 2010 11:48 AM GMT
    NickFit said
    chemguy79 saidSince you're interested in the sciences, I would consider minoring in Latin (if possible) or another romance language since the roots of most scientific words are derived from that genre of language.


    True, but is knowing where a word comes from really all that useful?


    Actually, if you are in medical school.. yes it is... the millions of terms for the human body and diseases are usually nothing more than Latin and Greek translations.. ... people like me who speak Latin languages had a much easier time learning the body parts than non-Latin speaking people in my class

    That said though, med school is STILL hard, and I wont recommend learning Latin and Greek just for that.... it mkes a difference for sure, but not that huge of a difference that it will be the decisive factor in failing or passing

    So I still go with your idea of psychology... mostly because it helps us to understand human behaviour, something which is useful everywhere, in anything you do
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    Oct 19, 2010 2:16 PM GMT
    lol i was terrified this thread was about something else entirely XD
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    Oct 19, 2010 2:39 PM GMT
    Disasterpiece saidReading this thread's title rang a pedophilia alarm inside of me.


    Touche
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    Oct 19, 2010 2:41 PM GMT
    mkubwa saidlol i was terrified this thread was about something else entirely XD


    Me too LOL. I was going to say that I never pick minors -- they have to be 20 at least icon_eek.gif
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    Oct 19, 2010 2:43 PM GMT
    Disasterpiece saidReading this thread's title rang a pedophilia alarm inside of me.


    OMG............that was the first thing i thought too! "Picking a minor? You can do that?" i wondered!
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    Oct 19, 2010 2:45 PM GMT
    Cax92 saidIts coming up to that time for me to choose a minor. I saw another post on here, "trouble picking a major", and well, thought I'd copy the idea. Hopefully you guys can help out icon_smile.gif

    My major is an Honors Bachelor in science with specialization in human kinetics... I just don't know what a good, as in a complementary, minor would be... Any ideas?

    My issue is that I don't know what I want to do with my degree... med-school? physio-school? masters? and I'm not even sure what I ultimately want to do...


    Take a minor in music, or the arts. icon_biggrin.gif
    With your left side of your brain working on your science major, its best to complement with something your right brain can handle, to balance out.
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    Oct 19, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
    The best advice that i had was to choose my minor was to choose it based on 1) how well it supports the major and 2) consider how the minor could make you more attractive to employers. My major (for my third degree, that is) is Health Education - i'm not fool enough to really believe that there are a lot of opportunities for me in that field, so my minor is Research & Measurement / Stats - to date, i've had a lot more luck with that - my current position requires that background and i've snagged a number of Federal consulting contracts having that experience.
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    Oct 19, 2010 2:56 PM GMT
    Major, minor, does it matter? Most of us end up doing something completely different from what we went to school for. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering, now I make money scissoring guys' heads between my legs.

    Wait......that's sorta mechanical...........pressure....stress...strain.

    Nevermind. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 19, 2010 6:03 PM GMT
    I recommend a minor in Statistics.
    (which is what i am currently doing, a major in Molecular Biosciences and a minor in Statistics)

    especially if you're uncertain on what field you ultimately end up pursuing, having a Statistics background can really make you a marketable and competitive applicant for most professions.

    it also complements your major well...if you're going to be reading journal articles about recent clinical trials, etc, it'd be nice to be able to understand the statistical data behind their results icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 19, 2010 6:06 PM GMT
    I picked a minor once then had a chat with Chris Hansen. icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 19, 2010 6:15 PM GMT
    txsoccers16 saidPhilosophy


    dont throw your time into this- not worth it icon_razz.gif

    It depends how much extra school you want to put on your degree. If you are majoring in the science college it would be easy to just throw on a scienc related minor (Bio/Chem/etc)

    However, I would suggest doing something completely different from science. It makes you a more rounded student as far when transcripts are printed and offers you a wider range of study.

    I am majoring in international Relations but I picked Psy and leadership studies for my minor because i found it interesting. If you have already done all of your core classes- pick a minor from a class that you enjoyed. If you liked reading Beowulf in english then get an eng minor, or pick another class that you enjoyed going to.