Choosing the right minor to complement a liberal arts major is not an exact science, nor is it a process devoid of varying opinions about which minor is best. With over 40 minors offered for students in Fordham College, it can be an arduous and stressful task narrowing down your choices in search of the perfect minor.
Because having a minor is a great way to bolster your résumé and add skills to your repertoire, choosing one is no minor issue. Hopefully, this list of five minors that matter will help you narrow your search, choose wisely, and set yourself apart in today’s competitive job market.
1. Computer Science
With technology progressing at rapid speeds, basic computer skills are almost essential even for entry-level positions today. Students graduating from college are now expected to be at least proficient with their computer skills, as almost every field of work has some association with computers.
Michele Daubman (GSB ’15), an accounting major who is minoring in computer science, is a firm believer that computer science skills are essential for success upon graduation.
“Whenever I have talked to professionals in the field of accounting or in business in general, they are constantly stressing how important it is to have a working knowledge of computers,” Daubman said. “By having an understanding of the basics of software and programming, I will be able to confidently demonstrate my skills in the computer science field to potential employers.”
According to Fordham’s computer science webpage, the curriculum “emphasizes software design and programming, computer architecture and functions, and development of an ability to analyze problems and use the computer as a problem-solving tool.”
Classes required for a computer science minor include:
CISC 1100 Structures of Computer Science
CISC 1600/1610 Computer Science I (with lab)
CISC 2000/2010 Computer Science II (with lab)
Three CISC elective courses
Being bilingual can open up a world of possibilities for college graduates. Having Spanish as a second language, especially in a city like New York where Spanish-speaking people are ever-present, can be an extremely valuable and marketable skill to potential employers.
Allie Bradian (FCRH ’16), a biology major who is minoring in Spanish, believes that a background in Spanish will expand her employment opportunities after graduation.
“I think that if you’re bilingual you will have a lot more job opportunities because you can communicate with a wider audience of people,” Bradian stated. “I also see it as a way for me to potentially work in a Spanish speaking country someday.”
Fordham’s Spanish minor “provides [students] with an advanced writing and oral proficiency” and “extensive literary and cultural preparation that allow them to undertake a wide variety of career paths and courses of study.”
Classes required for a Spanish minor include:
SPAN 2001 Spanish Language and Literature
SPAN 2500 Approaches to Literature
SPAN 3001 Intro to Spanish Literatures and Cultures or SPAN 3002 Intro to Spanish American Literatures and Cultures
Three 3000-level courses in Spanish
The proper usage of the English language and the ability to read critically are skills that are highly valuable, and even quite rare in today’s “140 character” culture. A minor in English can help hone these skills, which will surely be useful in all fields of work.
Assistant Professor of English at Fordham, Dr. Julie Kim believes that a minor in English helps teach students one of the most important fundamental skills: writing.
“You have to write in any job that you have, and if you want to be able to succeed at a job, you have to write well,” Kim stated. “By writing well, you can actually convince some people that what you are saying matters. Also, by reading great writing, it teaches you how to be a great writer, as well.”
Fordham’s English minor “is designed to build an inclusive knowledge of literature, to develop skills required for the critical interpretation of texts, and to teach the principles of critical and effective writing.” English students at Fordham also “benefit from the resources provided by New York City, the center of literary publishing worldwide.”
Classes required for an English minor include:
Any six English courses beyond the first-level core English requirements (ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2000), at least four of which must be literature courses.
4. Business Administration
A business minor can serve as a great secondary option for Fordham College students who are not completely sold on their liberal arts majors as potential career paths. A background in business provides skills in budgeting, planning, organizing, managing, and working with numbers. These skills, regardless of the field in which they are used, are instant résumé boosters that will be attractive to any potential employer.
Serena Moroukian (GSB ’15), a finance major, believes that business skills are crucial, not only for future entrepreneurs, but also for people looking to enter into the business world at some point in their professional careers.
“Having a business minor to fall back on is really helpful for someone who decides not to follow the original career path they had intended on following,” Moroukian said. “Business gives you a sense of the economy, and if you want to start your own business, you will know the fundamentals about financing and managing your money, and how to market your business.”
Fordham’s business minor allows students to “gain a broader background in career preparation and satisfy some pre-requisites for admission to a master’s program in business administration.”
Classes required for a Business Administration minor include:
ECRU 1100 Basic Macroeconomics
ECRU 1200 Basic Microeconomics
ECRU 2140 Statistics I
ACCB 2222 Introduction to Financial Accounting
Two of the following courses:
BLCB 2234 Legal Framework of Business
FNCB 3221 Financial Management
MGCB 3223 Principles of Management
MKCB 3225 Marketing Principles
One additional course in either of the two business areas selected above
5. Communication and Media Studies
Being capable of good writing and public speaking is crucial to setting yourself apart in the media-dominated world in which we live. Even if you use these skills simply for self-promotion through blogs and social media, rather than for a career, these are valuable skills needed to market yourself to potential employers.
Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham, Dr. Alice Marwick thinks that this minor gives students the ability to critically analyze the mediated world around them.
“The Communication minor prepares students for careers in marketing, public relations, advertising, journalism, and entertainment media,” Marwick said. “It also allows students to become more confident with their own communication skills and to critically analyze the media they see in their day to day lives.”
Fordham’s Communication and Media Studies minor “provides students with a disciplined understanding of issues in media and society,” as it “blends theory and professional training to prepare students for advanced study or careers in the media.” Communication students at Fordham also benefit from “New York’s resources as the media capital of the world.”
Classes required for a minor in Communication and Media Studies include:
COMM 1010 Intro to Comm and Media Studies or 1011 Intro to Media Industries
One class with the Media, Culture & Society attribute
Once class with the Ethics, Law & Policy attribute
Three COMM electives