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If choosing a minor seems stressful to you, advisors and instructors at Missouri State are here to help make this process easy and help you decide which minor is best for you.

Not all students at Missouri State are required to have a minor. Comprehensive degrees have enough credits that a minor is not required. But for non-comprehensive degrees, minors are required.

Kelly Wood, executive director of the Center for Academic Success and Transition, says there are lots of tips on how to help a student decide on which minor is best for them.

“Any ‘introduction to’ are good classes to take — to explore what a minor area might be,” Wood said.

General education courses are the perfect place to explore what different minor fields are at MSU and what you like, Wood said.

Shelby Blecha, sophomore psychology major, said she chose her minor, child and family development, by simply looking through a list of minors.

“I chose this minor by looking through the MSU minors list and it caught my attention.” Blecha said. “I then scheduled the first class and I was extremely intrigued so I ended up declaring it.” (The list is at www.missouristate.edu/registrar/catalog/majorsminors.htm#Minors.)

Wood says when advising students she tells them to think about your minor as a second set of skills you want to have to go with your major. She says along with this, students should consider choosing a minor about something they are very interested in, even if it doesn’t directly relate to their major.

“What your minor does is help you get skills so you can market yourself,” Wood said. “Your minor is not going to make or break what kind of job you’re going to get.”

Wood suggested talking to someone in the career center if you are still unsure and want some guidance. They have self-assessment tests to see what you’re good at and what minors pair with those skills.

Blecha said her advice for freshman is to explore the different areas general education has to offer.

“Explore and take classes you enjoy that also go with your major and see which you like the most that also helps with your future plan,” Blecha said. “If you don’t like your minor, changing it is the simplest process and can be done as many times as needed.”

Wood said her best advice for freshman who are unsure of how to choose a minor is to talk to an advisor or an instructor.

“Don’t put pressure on yourself to decide first semester,” Wood said. “In the beginning semester it is about exploring, figuring it out what general (education) is and how to be successful in class,” Wood said.