Why select an Academic Minor instead of scattered electives?
It’s time to think like your graduate school committee or future employer … will they be selecting candidates for surface knowledge (scattered electives) or for a deeper understanding of concepts and skills (an academic minor)?
The truth is employers are looking for some breadth, but at a deeper level than a course here or there. That’s why an academic minor is such a good idea – even if your major doesn’t require one. It immediately says to the employer, “This is a person who has taken the time to develop a second set of concepts and skills. I will get 2 skills sets for the price of one!” That is the ROI (return on investment) for the employer. Employment and /or selection to graduate school is your ROI.
An academic minor is 18 – 21 credits of courses and experiences designed to give you a second concentrated area of study. Some majors require a minor. In other programs they are optional. Check with your advisor, program of study, or the ETSU Catalog on this.
ETSU offers minors in many areas. We suggest
you consider a minor based on what it can add to your
competitiveness in the job market as well as what it can add to
your knowledge and skill set. Declaring a minor is a process that
can happen through your advisor or the department who hosts the
minor. If you declare with your advisor, it is a good idea to
make an appointment with a faculty advisor in the minor’s
host department. Some minors include portfolio requirements and
prefer you work with them directly to accomplish all that is
See above for links to the minors that are offered through our Department of Human Development and Learning!