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How to Choose a College Minor

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dv1453017Choosing a major, your primary field of study, is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions that you must make in college. But what about a minor? A minor is a secondary field of study that requires fewer courses than your major. Even if your college or university does not require you to declare a minor, there are several reasons why you might want to add one. Here are four different strategies to consider when choosing a college minor.

1. Explore Your Passions (Example: Major in Accounting, Minor in Photography)
College is the perfect time to delve into your passion, even if you can’t or choose not to commit to it as your major. Is there something you love to do or learn about outside of your major? Minoring in a subject that excites and motivates you is a great way to ensure that you have an outlet outside of your major. You’ll also demonstrate that you’re dedicated to your passion.

2. Enhance Your Major (Example: Major in English, Minor in Creative Writing)
Pursuing a minor is a great way to explore the areas of your major in which you are most interested. You may take classes on a certain topic as a part of your major, and if you really enjoy and excel in these courses, consider minoring in the subject if it’s available at your school. Your major may be very broad, so minoring in a more concentrated field may expose more of your interests and personality to future employers.

3. Fill in the Gaps (Example: Major in Computer Science, Minor in Communications)
A minor can fill in any gaps your major may leave behind. This strategy may be helpful for students enrolled in a specialized program. A minor in an entirely different subject may show future employers that you’re well-rounded and capable of collaborating with team members with a variety of personalities and skill sets.

4. Learn a Helpful Skill (Example: Major in Biology/Pre-Med, Minor in Spanish)
A minor’s relationship to a major may not be obvious at first, but it may be beneficial depending on your future career goals. Skills such as language, accounting, technology, marketing, or writing may come in handy down the road. For example, if you want to go into medicine, learning Spanish so you can communicate directly with Spanish-speaking patients makes perfect sense. If you have entrepreneurial dreams, having accounting or marketing knowledge may help you launch your business.

Do you really need a minor?
Minors can be nice to have as they can help your resume stand out when you start looking for your first job. However, it most likely won’t hurt you not to have a minor. A minor should complement your passions or career aspirations. If your school doesn’t offer a minor that fits into your goals, or if you’re unsure about what you want to do after college (which is totally okay!) you are better off taking electives that interest you instead of committing to a minor just because you feel like you should. So go ahead and take an Art of Taking Selfies class or Game of Thrones seminar. Now is the time!

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Scholarships and Programs for Halloween Lovers


Do you really get into Halloween? I mean do you really get into it? Going all out with your makeup, costume, and theatricals? If you’ve got the creative talent to completely nail your costume and successfully scare your friends, these programs and scholarships might be of interest to you!

Costume Design

Halloween isn’t complete without a great costume. If you’re interested in the field of costume design, you can major in it! There are a few select schools across the country that offer a major in costume design. For example, Carnegie Mellon University offers both undergraduate and graduate degree options in costume design, Webster University offers a BFA in Costume Design, and Stephens College offers a BFA in Theatrical Costume Design. If you decide to pursue this degree option for the long term, check out the Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship Award for students entering graduate school for costume design and/or technology.



While Halloween isn’t complete without a costume, costumes aren’t complete without make-up! Programs that specialize in make-up specifically, are not usually available at traditional colleges and universities. Instead, you’d have to look at private or specialty schools, like the Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles. They offer the Legends of Makeup Scholarship, a $10,000 award towards tuition at the school. Also, the Douglas Education Center in Pennsylvania, and the Academy of Makeup Arts in Nashville offer special effects make-up programs. Regardless of where you choose to attend school, check out the PBA Sally Beauty Scholarship, for students planning to enter the cosmetology profession.

Acting and Theater

Getting the full effect of your Halloween costume sometimes requires a bit of acting and theatrics. If you think you’ve got what it takes to pursue acting as a career, there are many colleges that offer degree programs in acting. Check out our Acting Major page to learn more about the acting major and the colleges and universities that offer programs of study in acting. Also be sure to apply for the CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship, for students pursuing a career in the performing arts.

From all of us here at Cappex, have a safe and happy Halloween!

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NCTQ Provides Valuable Info for Education Majors

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education1Cappex is proud to be Your College Decision Headquarters™. Choosing your major is not only a big part of finding your dream college, but it’s also a choice that can define your career and even the rest of your life.

If you’re interested in becoming an education major, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has some valuable information for you! Check out the NCTQ’s Teacher Prep Review. The Review has the comprehensive information you need to pick the education program that will provide you with the training to make you a confident and effective teacher from day one. NCTQ looks at what matters most in teacher preparation: whether candidates master the subjects they will teach, whether candidates get trained in using specific pedagogical skills, such as teaching kids how to read, and whether they get a high-quality student teaching experience with an effective mentor teacher.

Published in partnership with U.S. News & World Report, the Teacher Prep Review looks at elementary, secondary, and special education programs at 1,127 colleges and universities around the country. Look through the country’s Top Ranked elementary and secondary programs. Find the right program in your state or even closer to home. The Review is your guide to the best of teacher prep.

No matter what major you decide to pursue, Cappex has the tools to help you find your perfect fit college. Check out our Colleges and Majors section to explore your major options and find out what colleges offer the majors you’re interested in.

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