Pros and Cons Of Getting A Double Major Degree In Singapore
As we usher in the new year, we also inch closer to university applications. As you considering the different options you have, one of the questions you need to answer would be whether to choose a Double Major Degree programme.
What Is A Double Major Degree?
First of all, a Double Major Degree is NOT a Double Degree. If you take a Double Degree, you will graduate from university with two degrees. A Double Major Degree is a single degree programme which allows students to explore and deepen their knowledge for an additional major alongside their first major. Your second major can be from your home faculty or from a different faculty, depending on the programmes offered by your University.
Doing a simple web search, we found that many local universities offer Double Major Degree Programmes, including National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU). Each university have their own graduation requirements for a Double Major student.
Benefits Of Getting A Double Major Degree
Getting An Edge Over Your Peers
Taking up two different majors allows you to broaden your knowledge and insight. Due to the increasing competitiveness of our society, a University Degree may not necessarily guarantee you a job upon graduation. Hence, it may be useful to equip yourself with knowledge from two different field of studies to help yourself remain competitive in the workforce.
Allows You To Explore Different Areas In Depth
It is not uncommon for University students to be lost and unsure of what they want to do upon graduation. Of course, if you find yourself having an interest in two different fields of study, you can always use your electives on your second area of interest. However, by applying for a Double Major Degree, you can officially declare your second area of interest as your second major and have it recognised in your degree.
Your Second Major Can Value Add to Your First Major
The interconnectedness of skill sets from different disciplines has been growing throughout the years. For example, if you are a Business student that specialises in Marketing, having Communication and New Media as your second major can actually value add to your first major in terms of the more technical skills.
Drawbacks Of Getting A Double Major Degree
You May Have To Delay Your Graduation
In order for you to successfully declare a major as your Second Major, you will have to clear a minimum number of modules or modular credits. And these requirements tend to be more demanding than simply clearing your electives. As such, you will definitely have to overload (doing more module credits than required in one academic semester), take special terms, go for summer schools and maybe even extend your graduation. And that will mean incurring more tuition fees and greater opportunity loss from entering the workforce later than your peers.
It Can Restrict You From Other Programmes Offered By The University
When taking up a second major, you are automatically using up all your electives on the second major. Electives are modules that undergraduates can take outside of their faculties and majors to broaden their learning. By dedicating all your electives to only your second major, you are also restricting yourself from exploring different modules from different faculties and majors. Electives can also be used for other programmes other than taking modules. Most students tend to use their electives during their School Exchange Programmes as it gives them greater flexibility to map modules to their Partner University Overseas. Electives can also be used for other purposes, for example, NUS students can use their electives on programmes such as NUS Overseas College (NOC), which gives students the chance to intern and learn more about entrepreneurship overseas.
Additional Time Spent On Studying
This may not seem like an important consideration but, allow us to remind you why you should not neglect this. Other than studying, the University life has much more to offer in terms of Co-curricular activities (CCAs), enrichment workshops and seminars and even hall life. These activities can teach us things we will never get to learn in the classrooms and lecture theaters.
It is important to thoroughly think through the pros and cons of getting a Double Major Degree before jumping into it. However, it is important for you to decide whether you want to apply for a Double Major Programme early into your Undergraduate life as it can really save you the hassle of having to overload more semesters should you use your electives on modules unrelated to your intended second major. We would also suggest that you seek advice from your seniors or professors in your University to aid you in your decision making.
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