Adding a Minor to Your Graduate Education
December 12, 2019
Deciding to attend graduate school is a huge decision. Whether you are looking to advance in your career or expand your knowledge base, obtaining a graduate school education is often the first step in continuing to achieve your goals. Once you have made this decision and begin your classes, you may start to consider ways to enhance your graduate education. This can be done through many ways — one way to add to your education is through opting into a graduate minor. But why add a minor when you already have a major in mind?
Graduate school is about more than just having a major that you learn about; it is also about working to diversify what you already know and how that information can be used to achieve your goals or impact the world around us.
Graduate minors, or concentrations, allow you to gain specific knowledge that may not be a part of a centralized curriculum. With a minor, you can enrich your education by choosing an additional subject and design a degree that is going to work for you. Graduate school is about more than just learning the subject matter of your major; it is also about working to diversify what you already know and how that information can be used to achieve your goals or impact the world around us.
Adding a graduate minor can lead you to find new passions that you never knew you had. In this process of discovery, you are still able to achieve your goal of obtaining a graduate level degree with the added benefit of knowing that you created a degree that is going to do more than sit in a pretty frame on your wall. You have created an amazing opportunity for yourself to change and grow in an unexpected way.
As with choosing to attend graduate school, adding a graduate minor will be a personal decision. But, once you make the decision to enhance your education and explore new information, you won't regret it.
Amina Floyd-Murphy is an Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions at Drexel University. In her spare time, she listens to way too many podcasts, eats a startling amount of Flamin’ Hot Nacho Doritos, and loves watching movies.