Split on what my minor should be..

  1. Are minors a huge deciding factor in the grand scheme of things? Lots of girls are doing psychology or Spanish. To be frank neither of those things interest me. Psychology is very boring to me...I guess it's because it's not very concrete. And I would take Spanish but I haven't taken Spanish since the 7th grade and I was told college level Spanish was meant for those who took it in high school at least.

    In all honesty I'd like to take History because that's my 2nd love. But I am trying to think of things in terms of the future and what will be useful. Especially since I want to move back to California after I get my license.

    Any advice for a 1st year nursing student?
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  3. by   pixiestudent2
    I really don't think anyone will care what your minor is.
    But being fluent in spanish would help if you live in an area where the language is used and there is a need for bilingual nurses.
  4. by   Kandake
    I understand. But the thing is I doubt I will be anywhere near fluent with simply minoring in Spanish. I would have to double major. And language is very hard to grasp the older you become
  5. by   RNewbie
    I don't think it will matter. Employers don't ask for your minor. They want to know if you have the required degree, license, and certs. I have a minor in healthcare management and the only way anyone would know is if they read my cover letter and resume bc there is no place on most actual applications to list it. So minor in whatever you think will benefit you educationally or whatever classes are easiest to boost your gpa, especially if you plan to go to grad school.
  6. by   eatmysoxRN
    I'd minor in a second language. Even knowing basics could prove to be useful.
  7. by   KelRN215
    For nursing, minors are unnecessary. My university didn't even offer enough electives in the nursing program to complete a minor. I had more electives than your average student because I tested out of my math requirement with AP Calculus and I took a night class that fulfilled one of my Social Science cores on a semester that I was on a medical leave but I still would have been several classes short of a minor if I used all these classes towards one.

    Most majors at my university required 10 courses/30 credits. Minors required 6 classes. Nursing students got 3 electives over the course of 4 years because the nursing curriculum had 27 required courses and somewhere in the neighborhood of 60-70 credits including clinicals and labs. In addition to that, we had to meet the university's core requirements with Social Sciences, History, English, Philosophy, Theology, Art, and I'm sure more courses that I can't even remember.
  8. by   Meriwhen
    A minor may be a nice touch on a resume, but the reality is that a minor isn't really a lot of classes and so isn't going to have that much of an impact.

    IMO, I'd take the opportunity to pick something that you'd enjoy exploring for your minor. Or if you really do want to make a minor work for you, pick a language or science.
  9. by   PediLove2147
    I agree with PP and that a minor isn't really necessary. A few girls in my program got a biology minor because after all the classes that were required for nursing we were only a few away.
  10. by   HammockBound
    I dont think anyone ever has asked me what my minor is. I guess if you an speak a second or third language...that would be a HUGE plus...but beyond that...I cant imagine they really matter.
  11. by   elkpark
    I'm not accustomed to BSN students having minors -- most nursing students find that the nursing curriculum by itself is more than enough to keep them busy.
  12. by   loriangel14
    Why do you think you need a minor? Just concentrate on nursing.
  13. by   llg
    I wish I had gotten a minor in history. As my career has advanced, I would love to have the skills to study and write about nursing history.

    If you want a minor ... pick something that truly interests you. Then you will be more likely to be interested in using that knowledge throughout your career. It won't just be another line on a resume.
  14. by   Orca
    In almost 18 years of nursing, I have never been asked what my minor was.