Gone are the days of high school when you had to juggle between maths, science, P.E., and a dozen other subjects. Doing a degree at a university means you get to specialize in a much more narrow field. Sure, even in that one field there will be a lot of variation and you’ll probably find some topics more interesting than others. But the point still stands – college gives you a much more specialized set of skills and knowledge. Hungry for some knowledge outside your discipline? It might be a good idea to take a minor.
A minor is a set of elective courses (usually from 15 to 30 EC) that you do alongside your normal studies. Most Dutch universities offer a wide array of minor courses, many of them in English.
Take a look at our list of the top 4 reasons why you should do a minor!
You Can Meet People from Different Disciplines
Housemates, classmates, study partners… There comes a time during your studies when you keep seeing the same faces over and over again. Doing a minor gives you the opportunity to meet new people from different faculties… or even a different university! (see point below)
While widening your social cycle is always a good thing, you might also get the chance to meet experts in new and exciting fields. Your lecturers are there to help you gain new knowledge – don’t be afraid to ask them questions!
Study at a Different University
Most Dutch universities give you the option to do a minor at a different school. This might be your opportunity to experience studying at a completely new institution and meet people living in a town half an hour away. Who knows, maybe you’ll choose to do a Master’s or another degree there? Sure, you probably need to take a longer commute. In the long run, however, it will be worth it.
Broaden Your Horizons
Doing a minor course in a different discipline can give you a new outlook on your own and the world overall. This is especially true if you opt for more social or humanities-related courses, such as philosophy, media studies, or literary studies. Don’t be scared of trying such a minor if you’re more oriented towards maths or science – in fact, experts believe such an experience could help facilitate abstract thinking, critical skills, and a more interdisciplinary perspective on your specialization.
This goes both ways, of course. Many universities have tech-related minors (such as data science or programming) that aim to bring more non-STEM students into the field. If you feel like you fit the entry requirements and are ready for a challenge, don’t hesitate to apply!
Gain Skills and Better Job Prospects
The job market is rapidly changing, and those who want to succeed need to keep that in mind. Interdisciplinarity is considered one of the key skills to have in the near future. As mentioned above, doing a minor course is a great way to not only gain new skills but also to show them off to future employers.
Thanks for reading our list of the top reasons why you should try doing a minor course at University! For more info about how to navigate your university experience, check out our Education section!