Getting a minor degree not only looks good on a resume, but can also help build your skills in your field of study when correctly applied to a complementing major.

Getting a minor degree can also be beneficial when you know what type of career you want to get into after graduation. In many cases, what you major in does not necessarily reflect what kind of career you will go into. But if you see yourself leaning toward a certain career, you can pair this somewhat unrelated major to a minor that correlates between the two.

A minor degree is also a solid choice for general majors that don’t necessarily have a specific focus (majors that cover a broad topic). For example, majoring in business is a pretty broad subject. When paired along with a minor, you can display to prospective employers what your interests are when it comes to business. A business degree paired with a foreign language would be good for someone looking to do international business.

Some students like to take classes outside of their course of study. Doing this allows students to hear and experience new ideas from teachers they haven’t had the chance to experience because they are part of a different department. Doing so can give you new ideas and fresh content so you can see things differently when applying your knowledge to your specific course of study. For example, a marketing major who takes classes in psychology and economics may have a better understanding of his major by seeing these new ideas taught by teachers not in the business school. Therefore the marketing major could have a better perspective of those he will be marketing to (in his/her career field) by understanding his target audience and the things that affect the choices and decisions consumers make.

Getting a minor degree obviously isn’t a requirement. It is recommended that you take a few classes outside of your major. Getting a minor degree requires only a small number of credits, so if you already have a few credits in a subject different than your major, you may be closer than you think in obtaining a minor in the subject.

Once you decide on a minor that suits you, meet with an adviser in that department to find out what exactly is required to complete the minor degree. Here you can go over possible classes that will fulfill the degree requirement and may even find courses that will satisfy both major and minor requirements.