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Old 04-04-2012, 09:29 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I recently learned that I'll have to minor in something in order to obtain enough credits to qualify for graduation. I'm studying accounting, but I'm not sure if I should tie it with something that would make me more marketable or if I should take the opportunity to minor in something for pure pleasure. If I were to focus on marketability, I would probably go with either economics or information technology. I would rather study business management or finance, but unfortunately they're not offered as minors at my school. If I were to study something for pleasure, it would likely be history, polticial science, or sociology.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Edit: I should also add that I'm not talking about reaching 150 credits to be eligible for the CPA exam. Just the minimum number of credits required to graduate.

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Old 04-04-2012, 09:49 AM
 
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Well I have no first hand experience but second hand experience (Cousin) did Finance w/ minor Econ at UCLA and just got a summer before senior year offer from Deloit.

Only thing that from my field of perspective would be an interesting variation and probably very interesting would be to do Finance / Logistics but Logistics is only offered at a very small number of schools.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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If you have the intention of getting your CPA after graduation, you will not benefit greatly from any extraneous minor.

I'd take a bunch of art, theater or PE/Recreation courses, whichever interests you the most. I'm with you on the history thought as that's kind of a passion of mine too. Maybe get a minor in recreation and play around some for fun if you need that many credits. There's no sense taking a chance of hurting your GPA needlessly while concentrating on your advanced accounting classes.

The only minor that I can think of that might help you in your career as an accountant since business management or finance is not offered would be communications.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:36 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately communications isn't a minor either. I considered that myself.

You're right about the advanced accounting courses. They require a lot of time and effort, so I probably don't want to stress myself out with a more challenging minor. I may just take a plethora of liberal art courses that, while time consuming, are doable. It'd just be nice to throw a marketable minor on my resume, though I guess it wouldn't hold as much weight as my GPA and internship experience/resume.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:07 PM
 
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I graduated with an accounting major and I had 2 minors... economics and financial planning, and I'm happy I minored in them.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Financial planning sounds like a good one. My friend is majoring in accounting with a minor in Chemistry which sounds a bit odd to me but whatever.
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:49 PM
 
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Many times, people use their minor to fill up requirements or just to study something they're interested in. A lot of workplaces don't care about minors (a lot don't care about the major either tbh), but with my minors I took courses in things like international finance that I wouldn't have otherwise taken.
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:16 PM
 
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if you can get a minor in computer science, i imagine that would look very good on a resume.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:20 PM
 
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I agree, IT knowledge is highly sought after in the accounting field.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:39 PM
 
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I recently learned that I'll have to minor in something in order to obtain enough credits to qualify for graduation. I'm studying accounting, but I'm not sure if I should tie it with something that would make me more marketable or if I should take the opportunity to minor in something for pure pleasure..
I have never seen a real need for a minor. Things that I think would be more important include:

Excellent business writing skills.
Public speaking class
Logic course
Development of outstanding computer skills.
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