Taking on a Minor
Have you ever been interested in learning about something from another major but felt like taking an extra class that wouldn’t really benefit you academically? Why not take on a minor?!
Here at UNLV, there are over 80 minors that you can choose from, provided through each of the different colleges.
Maybe you’re a biology major but you also really like exploring film. Maybe you’re a history major but you’re interested in mathematics. You can declare a minor that is completely unrelated to your major and by completing your program, you are given recognition in both distinctions.
By declaring a minor, you are able to take classes within a specific college that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to take as a non-major. For example, let’s say you wanted to take more in-depth classes in music technology, beyond those of basic music theory, but those classes are only available to music majors. By declaring a music minor, the hold is taken off of your account, allowing you to enroll in the higher level class.
From personal experience, being an engineering major (for example) can be a bit overwhelming, but I’ve always had a love for the performing arts. In my first semester, I knew that I wanted to get some college experience in the world of theater. I walked into the College of Fine Arts’ drop-in advising hours and spoke immediately with an advisor. I told them that I wanted to declare a minor in theater and just like that, I was given full access to a whole list of theater classes that we not available to me before. By declaring this minor, not only do I get to learn about something else I am interested in, but I get to do so without the commitment of another degree.
Let’s face it, one degree can take time and cost a lot of money, but a minor allows you to freely explore and tailor your learning experience. I personally use my theater minor as a way to alleviate some of the pressure of engineering classes, providing a balance of self interest and my actual major focus. I don’t regret taking on a minor at all and I feel like everyone should try it out! The worst that could happen is that it doesn’t work out and you can always drop it if completely necessary!
Major: English with concentration in Creative Writing
Highschool: Southwest Career and Technology Academy