Choosing a Minor

by Steven Vukaj, Product Specialist


When you apply to college or university, you might already have a good idea of what you want to major in. Some people apply as an undeclared major and do not decide until their second year, which is perfectly acceptable. However, some people might not think about what they could minor in. Minoring in a subject can give you the perfect opportunity to explore a secondary interest! I will describe here the thought process behind choosing the minor I am passionate about and pursuing!


In high school, I was a well-rounded student. I performed well academically across most, if not all, of my classes. I was fortunate enough to take courses in high school that fell in line with business and finance studies, which inspired me to major in finance. I always preferred mathematics and working with numbers over my English classes. Today, I attend Fordham University, currently enrolled in the Gabelli School of Business. I knew way beforehand in high school that I wanted to focus my attention on and develop my career in finance. While this is the case for me and perhaps several other people, it made me wonder about my real interests, not just simply something I could perform well in. I didn’t want to feel as though I wasted my college years studying mundane and repetitive things, which is why I pursued a minor in anthropology.


Growing up and in my free time, I always loved learning about different cultures, languages, customs, religions, and history. I believe that those all tied well together to focus on minoring in anthropology. Anthropology is one of the only things I have a genuine passion for learning about; however, I did not see myself developing a career in the subject. This is not to discredit any anthropology majors out there; I just personally did not envision myself landing a job in the subject. This is why I decided not to major in the subject; however, I wanted to broaden my horizons and learn as much as I could. I did not want to be limited on how much knowledge I could grasp, so picking a minor was crucial.


Because I am in the business school at my university, we must take several liberal arts electives. However, because I am pursuing a liberal arts minor, I am exempt from those electives. Instead of choosing random electives, I can take courses I actually would indulge in and enjoy. Choosing a minor is all about picking a select interest you have that widens your knowledge. Take the opportunity to minor in something that interests you!