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Studies with a minor

When planning your future, you came across courses with a minor and are now wondering what use is this option? We shed light on the subject of studying with a minor for you!

What is a degree with a minor?

When studying with a minor you are studying two different subjects at the same time. The focus is on the major; courses in the minor are attended to a reduced extent. There are then degrees in both subjects. Many students hope that this will improve their chances of getting a good job.

Since the Bologna reform has the designation 2-subject bachelor has established itself. This can be the classic combination of major and minor (the minor then often has a scope of 30 to 60 ECTS points) or two equivalent major subjects that are studied in parallel. Universities use the term in both cases.

A minor is also possible in the master’s program. What is the scope of the minor, depends on the respective university.

What are the options?

At many universities, studying with a minor is a relic from the old days. The schooled bachelor's degree courses with their classroom events and mandatory attendance leave less room for minor subjects when it was still the case in diploma and master’s time. Whether a minor is possible can vary from university to university. Two study places are not always awarded to one person. The individual universities decide for themselves under which conditions they allow a degree with a minor. In some places there are restrictions, for example that only certain subjects may be combined with one another or that the minor must be free of admission.

In the meantime, however, more and more subjects are locally restricted. Where there are no restrictions, the combination of subjects can be freely chosen. Doing so often on a combination of a "heart subject" and a "practical" subject (such as business administration). "Then what do you do with it?" Thanks to studying with a minor, it can be answered more easily if, in addition to an orchid subject, something "solid" was also studied, such as business administration or marketing.

Does it make sense to study a minor subject?

Studying with a minor is a double burden, but can also be an enrichment. In any case, you get insights into different domains and can round off your major. With a rare combination of subjects, you can develop into a rare expert and be one step ahead of your competitors. But there are also some drawbacks.

Today's everyday student life is not designed for studying with a minor. Universities that offer two-subject bachelor's degrees pay more attention to the compatibility of both subjects, but overall you have a significantly higher learning volume and simply less free time than your fellow students. As a minor you have to be very disciplined and acquire some basic knowledge yourself. It regularly happens that modules build on one another, but you don't have to attend all modules in the minor. This creates gaps in knowledge that you have to fill yourself. If important knowledge is missing in the long term, it can be difficult to find proper access to the subject. In addition, at many universities there is no right to postpone courses and exams because you study a major and a minor. If you are unlucky, many courses overlap, putting together the timetable does not work as desired and the minor means that you study longer than the standard study period allows.


In the form of a 2-subject bachelor's degree, the major and minor can be more easily reconciled. But overall, in times of the post-Bologna reforms, you need a special willingness to perform in order to take up a degree with a minor. It is a demanding project that requires discipline. But you can deepen several interests at the same time and acquire an individual profile that may bring you professional advantages. You have to decide for yourself whether this is worthwhile for you.

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