About three weeks ago, I decided to change my minor from Early Childhood Studies to Art History. In my opinion, this was one of the best decisions I have made thus far in my college career. I originally chose my Early Childhood Studies minor based on the facts that it was in the CEHSP collegiate unit and there were a lot of overlapping classes that counted for liberal education credits as well as credits that went directly towards my Psychology major. I also knew I potentially wanted to work with children in a therapeutic setting so this seemed like a good choice at the time. That all changed when I decided to take a Renaissance art class this semester.
I have always had a passion for art, especially Renaissance art, so this class was one that I really wanted to take. I wanted to learn more about the paintings and the painters of that era. I fell in love with this class and had an urge to learn more about the Renaissance and other periods of art. My professor was the one who encouraged me to add on an art history minor because I was doing so well in the class. At this point, I was starting to lose interest in my early childhood studies minor; I was dreading the classes I had to take. I talked some more with my professor and she convinced me to change my minor. I am now looking forward to learning about topics I am interested in and the classes I will be taking. I plan on using my minor to possibly incorporate art therapy into my work.
In my opinion, choosing the right minor is very important. College is a time to explore your interests or learn about something new and a minor is a great opportunity to do that. Most major programs also require a certain amount of elective credits and/or a minor. Whether you are choosing a minor that goes along with your major or a minor for your own interest, it is important to take these tips into consideration:
Do your research
Look at minor program catalogs on the UMD website or talk to your advisor to get an idea of what you are interested in pursuing. Also, talk about the amount of work you will have to put into the minor to make sure you aren’t being overwhelmed. You may only have to do a couple of classes to complete the minor or you may have to complete more.
Think about what you would do with the minor in the future
While you don’t have to choose a minor that relates to your future career, it is important to ponder the possibilities of what you could do with the minor under your belt.
Don’t be afraid to pursue your interests
If you find a minor that is very different from your major, that’s ok. It is always a good idea to learn about new topics and expand your knowledge.
Choosing a minor can be difficult, but if you find something you love, stick with it. Good luck with your minor adventures!
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