There are a lot of misconceptions about what being a double major means for your academic and social life in college. As a double major with both legal studies and communication and media degrees, here are some of the myths and truths about life as a double-major.
Being a double-major means you can’t have a social life.
If you are smart about choosing your majors, like legal studies and communication and media, there is not a ridiculous amount of extra classes you’ll need to take, and you’ll still get the social life every college student wants. I am a double-major and I still have enough time to stay on track with classes, play for the school hockey team, and work an internship.
Being a double major is a great opportunity for people who aren’t quite sure what they want to do after college.
Adding a second major allows you to broaden your academic discipline. This can be great for students who aren’t 100% sure what they want to do after they graduate. My plans for “what I want to be when I grow up” have changed pretty much monthly since I first heard that question. If you’re anything like me, having a broad range of academic exposure in college will help you narrow down your interests and decide on something you can consider your life’s work.
Being a double major helps you broaden and develop your skill set.
My two majors are a perfect example of this. I plan on attending law school which involves endless reading, writing, and public speaking. Luckily for me, I was not only able to get a solid base of legal knowledge, but I had the chance to take a full course load of communication classes like Written and Visual Rhetoric, Persuasion, Media Ethics & Law, and Oral Communication to hone skills that I will definitely use in law school.
People who are double majors do twice the work everyone else does.
If you are smart about pairing your two majors, you can take a number of classes that fulfill requirements for both. It’s the academic version of “double-dipping.” Pairing majors that have a lot of similarities means a lot of double dipping. At Nazareth, so many of our classes our cross-listed with other majors or fulfill multiple requirements. For example, Media Ethics & Law is a class I need to take to receive my communication & media degree, but it also counts as a required class for my legal studies degree.
Get the most out of your college education; be a double-major. Don’t listen to the people telling you it’s “too much work” or “overwhelming.” It’s not; it’s the smartest thing you could possibly do with your time in college.