What about a minor?

October 5, 2007 at 12:00 pm 3 comments

It’s hard enough to choose a major, let alone a minor. A lot is riding on that decision, so some students don’t consider what choosing the right minor could do for them.

Kent State PR Professor Bill Sledzik said there are four areas that offer a good place to start when looking into a minor. The first is psychology. As PR professionals, we are students of human nature. Related to that is sociology, which studies how groups think. The third area is political science. PR practitioners need to know how the government works. A minor in conflict management can also be beneficial.

Karen Russell, a PR professor at the University of Georgia, said to also consider the strengths of your university. Kent State has a lot of wonderful programs, including the School of Theatre and Dance and the Fashion School.

Those are some ideas to get you started when thinking about a minor, but it’s really all about what suits you. Sledzik said to pursue a minor you are passionate about because it could lead to an important career opportunity down the road. For example, a recent PRKent grad, who minored in fashion, now works in the PR department at Macy’s in New York.

Russell said the most important thing is to go with something you love, because after college, you may not get another chance to study something just because it’s interesting. 

So take your time when deciding on minor. Most only require six or seven classes, so you don’t have to decide right away, just make sure it’s something your passionate about.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bill Sledzik  |  October 5, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    Good post, Abbey. And it’s nice that you got at least one source with authority: Professor Russell! In some ways I wish we had a minor in blogging! I know that sounds crazy, but blogs help students find their voice and can also become a key part of an online portfolio. I suspect this one will.

  • 2. Karen Russell  |  October 5, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    Abbey, thanks for the link and for interviewing me. And BTW I was born in Toledo. 😉

  • 3. Shantae Rollins  |  November 29, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post. I have never blogged or commented on one before, so here goes. I have been seriously considering choosing a minor for quite some time now; however, I could never think of myself pursuing political science or psychology. After reading this blog entry, I know that the possibilities are endless and that a minor I am passionate about could possible propell my future career. I do wonder though, is it more practical to choose a minor with more obvious ties to public relations than a minor like dance that may never add anything to your future endeavors? I really think I need to do some soul searching before I make any decisions, but this blogg really helped to get the ball rolling.

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