What is the Point of a Minor?

I apologize for not posting for awhile, my laptop’s operating system has crashed and it is taking longer than expected to fix.  After being dependent on my laptop for my first three semesters, it has proven exceedingly difficult to function without it.

On another note, I wanted to write a little bit about obtaining a minor during your undergraduate years here at U of I.  A minor (or minors) can be a great way to complement your major.  For example, many people in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism  (RST), and specifically sport management, pursue a business minor to allow them to build on the skills they are learning.  By taking courses including finance and accounting that are not included in the sport management curriculum, these students are equipping themselves with a more well rounded education that will likely prove to be a competitive advantage upon graduation.

While finding a fitting minor to complement your major is a good option, many people also decide to pursue a minor completely unrelated to their major.  This is a great way to mix up what you are learning about and often will provide new, refreshing perspectives.  Personally, although I am an RST student, I am minoring in Political Science.  While this does complement being a pre-law student, I really enjoy being able to take a set of courses that encourage me think in different ways than what is typically taught in business oriented sport management courses and the majority of my other RST courses.

Choosing to double major can also be a great option to either complement or diversify your learning.  Whether you are pursuing a minor, multiple minors, or a double major, it is important to budget your time wisely.  A good way to do this is by taking introductory courses in subjects you are considering a minor in during your freshman year.  That way, you will hopefully be able to decide what subject(s) interests you the most and will then be able to use your next three years pursue that interest.


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April 18, 2011, 1:15 am


I just recently have been admitted as a Junior transfer student into the CoB-Accounting. I was thinking about minoring in East Asian Studies as well. How do I go about pursuing this? ?Is there a formal process that I must follow?
Thanks a lot for your time!



April 24, 2011, 10:01 pm

Leah – You will want to talk to your advisor about pursuing a minor. They should be able to help you fill out an intent to pursue a minor form. It is also a good idea to talk to someone in the department of East Asian Studies that will help you meet all of the requirements for the minor. Good luck!