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Six Ideal Minors to Complement a Major in Communication

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Are you interested in a major that would enable you to pursue a degree in any one of a number of industries? Are you looking for a major that is in-demand and well worth the investment of your time and money? If so, a communications major could be just right for you. The ability to communicate well with others is an invaluable one, and communications majors are in high demand as companies put a premium on hiring people who can work well with superiors, colleagues, subordinates, partners, existing clients, and potential clients.

What Minors Go Well with a Communications Major?

Communications has a lot to offer, but it is a broad degree encompassing a range of subjects and skills. Your minor will help refine your career choices by providing you with the specialized skills and know-how needed to excel in the field of your choice. Consider the following minors with care to decide which one would best complement your major.

  1. Business

If you want to start your own business or become a business manager or executive, then studying business makes sense. Subjects covered in this field include finance, accounting, human resource management, entrepreneurship, international business, and law. You can either take various courses in business or focus on a particular aspect of business to obtain a minor.

Studying business will complement the skills you'll gain from studying communications. If you opt to start your own business, you'll have the practical skills needed to run your business as well as the skills needed to bring in clients and generate sales. If you decide to work abroad, studying international businesses with communications can help you adapt to your new work environment with ease.

  1. Marketing

A communications major is a huge asset if you want to pursue a career in marketing, and a minor in marketing will complement the skills you learn in your communications degree classes. You can take courses on entrepreneurship, digital marketing, international marketing, public relations, market research, consumer behavior, and more.

There is a lot of demand in the marketing industry. The field has a whopping 19% annual growth rate; what's more, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that promotions, advertising, and marketing managers earn a median annual wage of $141,490.

  1. Spanish

Nearly one out of five Americans identify as Hispanic or Latino, and Spanish is one of the top five most widely spoken languages in the world. What's more, many communications majors will find that the ability to speak Spanish is a must for certain career paths or job opportunities.

Learning Spanish can also improve your personal life. You'll be able to travel to Spanish-speaking countries and enjoy the culture, food, and sites with ease. Alternatively, knowing Spanish will come in handy if you decide to start a business venture abroad or expand a business you've already started in the United States to include clients in Spanish-speaking nations.

  1. Psychology

A minor in psychology could be ideal for communications majors who are considering becoming social workers or working with a non-profit or educational service. However, psychology isn't just about teaching or working with people who are experiencing mental health issues.

Marketers need a working knowledge of human psychology in order to create winning brand designs and advertisements. Those who work in a human resources department would do well to know how to handle people of all ages and walks of life. A knowledge of psychology can also benefit your personal life, helping you build a strong marriage and relationships with children, friends, and family members.

  1. English

Topics you'll learn as an English minor can include teaching English as a second language, creative writing, and informational writing. Pairing a communications major with an English minor can be an ideal course of action for those who want to teach English as a second language or pursue a career in journalism, editing, or even social media management. It can also open career paths in fields related to marketing and advertising.

A good knowledge of English will serve you well no matter which career path you choose. It will enable you to write an engaging, error-free resume, craft professional emails to clients, business partners, and potential employers, and/or create great website content for a business.

  1. Communication Design

Communication design can open some amazing career opportunities that anyone with a creative bent will want to take advantage of. Common job options include working as a graphic designer, art director, illustrator, or events planner. However, more exciting roles available to people with the right skillset and degree include working as a multimedia artist, animator, or fashion designer.

A minor in communication design complements a communication major, giving you an advantage over other prospective job candidates when applying for a job in a field related to marketing, advertising, and promotional services. It can also help you create a successful online company by enabling you to craft a winning brand design and online advertisements.

Studying for a minor is definitely worth it. A minor shows you are serious about your professional career and personal development, giving you an advantage over other job candidates who only have a major. A minor can also help you switch career options with ease, a must in today's volatile job market. Furthermore, it provides you with additional skills to help you succeed in the career path of your choice.

Earn Your Communications Degree — Major and Minor — at Geneva!

Geneva College is a fully accredited college offering a range of online and offline courses along with internship opportunities to help you master the field of your choice. It has been named one of the top ten Best Value School by U.S. News and World Report and has been recognized as a College of Distinction for its ACBSP accredited business programs.

For more information on how Geneva College can help you obtain a degree in communication, contact us by email or telephone at 855-979-5563. We look forward to providing you with the practical skills and knowledge you need to make your dreams come true.

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Feb 16, 2022