Choosing only one major is a difficult decision to begin with, so the idea of having two majors can be daunting or exciting for some.  If you’re torn between two majors, more than likely you’ve considered double majoring.  Having a double major can bring challenges as well as rewards.  You will end up with a wider breadth of knowledge, but this will require more time in the classroom.  You can broaden your network, but may need to spend one or two extra semesters in college.  Before making any rash decisions, take the following into consideration when weighing the pros and cons.

Pro: Kill two birds with one stone
The majority of the time, the reason people decide to double major is because they have the opportunity to pursue two areas of interest at the same time. If you someday want to have a career in psychology  but also have an interest in english, double majoring will allow you to have a head start in your career interest while exercising and learning new skills for another possible career down the road.  Having the opportunity to go to college for something you’re passionate about is an amazing feat in and of itself.  Having more than one interest is icing on the cake, and it is a great way to walk away from college with a very balanced education that can lead you to your future career or careers.

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Con: Double the major, double the workload
While a broad degree is impressive, consider that it will likely take you longer to complete.  Not only will you have to fulfill your school’s general requirements, but you also have to complete required classes for both majors. Even with a full-time schedule, double majors may need an extra semester or two before graduating. It’s a good idea to speak with an advisor about planning out the best schedule for you.

Pro: Stand out from the crowd
Employers seek employees with a competitive skill set.  Obtaining a degree with a double major is a great way to showcase that you are a go-getter.  With a double major and skills that could add value to a company, your resume could be pushed higher for consideration.  If you are considering double majoring for this reason, think about two majors that complement each other and can bring you a fine set of skills that are valued in your chosen field.

Con: Time is money
With the additional time you may take to complete your degree, the money you will spend on tuition will also increase, as well as the opportunity cost of choosing the classroom over a full time job.  You will have to pay for your additional tuition and fees for every extra semester you attend. If your school charges a flat tuition rate for each semester, it is wise that you enroll for a full-time schedule to accommodate the most classes for your money. As mentioned before, meet with an advisor to create a schedule that works for you.  Careful planning is needed especially if you hope to spend as little time and money in college as possible.

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The decision whether to double major is not easy to make.  Take the time to learn about the benefits and drawbacks of a double major and how they could be applied to your situation, using them to guide your decision.

Are you considering a double major or did you complete one?  Tell us in the comments below!