If I Were Running A Company…Majors and Minors

You know my story that I graduated at George Mason with a degree in management and I was a DJ for their college radio station for three years. What I have not told you is I supposed to have a minor in film and media studies underneath my major.

It started in my junior year when I wanted to study media because I was fascinated of what people like. In addition, I knew if I took all business classes, I would just lose it. To keep me sane, I took film and media classes in addition to my DJ duties at WGMU. During the end of my senior year, I took a literature and film class and got a B and I would graduate with a major in management and minor in film and media studies.

When I got my last transcript, the literature and film class did not count towards my minor because the communications chair thought the class I attended was “51% literature and 49% film.” I argued for about 30 minutes with her that it was 50-50 and the discussion was how film interpret literature and vice versa. She wouldn’t budge and in the end, I technically do not have a minor in film and media studies. I would’ve taken one more course, but I don’t want to pony up $1000, so I gave up getting my minor in my resume.

However, not is all lost as I did get an HR internship at NPR, did produce a segment for Intern Edition, and this blog (and other sources like Twitter and Facebook) have been captured on numerous media outlets, including being a SHRM blogger.

The overall point I’m making is specialization will not work in the current workforce. If you’re a student and have not decided on a major or have no clue what you want to do, that’s fine. College is about experimentation of self and see what sticks. This is why college gives you a general outline of courses in your freshman and sophomore years.

Let’s take HR for example. You took HR classes and have done some case studies and role play. The question now is who do you want to work for? The major gives you the skill set, but the minor/electives define who you are. If you majored in HR, take the electives of what type of HR person you want to be:

  • If you like data/numbers, take math, economics, and statistics courses.
  • If you like culture, take arts and philosophy.
  • If you like nonprofits, take public administration and nonprofit management.
  • If you like human nature, take social science classes like psychology and sociology.
  • If you like tech, take computer, cybersecurity, and IT.

What I said above can be said the same thing for others outside of a business major who minor in HR. If you still don’t know who you are, you probably an entrepreneur (I’m partially kidding).

Think of college as a spiritual experience. You are there to find joy at what you do. You are discovering what superpower skills you have and how to utilize those skills. After college comes the real world and there will be changes throughout your career. Luckily, if you take the right classes and meet the right people, you will become prepared not only today, but down the line when there is a fork in the road.

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