To continue pursuing an interest. Perhaps you have always enjoyed studying a subject but don’t want to pursue it as your major. Or maybe you discovered a new interesting field while completing a liberal studies requirement and want to learn a little bit more. A minor can be a way to continue taking a few classes that interest you outside of your major.
To formally indicate a skill. A minor can indicate to graduate schools or employers that you have a certain skill set, like proficiency in a language, a technical skill, or writing.
To focus degree requirements. In order to earn your degree at DePaul, you are required to complete liberal studies and open elective requirements. A minor can be a way to focus a number of these requirements on a subject that interests you and deepen your knowledge in that area.
To complement your career interest with a supporting field. Students who have a particular career path in mind may want to gain knowledge in complementary areas to help them with their career goals. For example, a student who wants to pursue law school may wish to minor in a modern language. A student who wants to be a journalist covering foreign policy, might consider a minor in International Politics. A student who wants to be a freelance photographer might consider a minor in Business Administration. A student studying Psychology and planning to go to graduate school for Art Therapy may wish to minor in Art.
To maximize previously earned credit.
Students who earned credit at another school or who started in one major and changed to another may have some focused credit in one area that isn’t being applied toward a major or liberal studies. Depending on what the credit is, they sometimes have a chance to take a few more classes and complete a minor. Talk with an advisor about options for any previously earned credit you have.