Why Double Majoring is a Good Idea


Recently, I’ve been appreciating the friends I have here at Nyack College. Though we have a lot in common, my friends all have their unique interests and perspectives. As upperclassmen, we’ve had some time to develop our majors, passions, and direction. For the next few weeks, I’ll be interviewing my friends and asking about the majors they’ve chosen and where they see their studies taking them in the years to come.

This week, I talked to Katie O’Sullivan about her choice to be a double major. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: What are your majors? Have you always been a double major?
A: I’m a senior double majoring in English and Religion. I started out studying English and Intercultural studies, but I have always wanted to be a double major. There are just so many fields of study that it’s hard to choose just one.

Q: What would you like to do with your majors after you graduate?
A: I’m not completely sure what I want to do with my degree yet, but I definitely would like to do something overseas. Right now I’m thinking about international relations and law.

Q: Would you recommend double majoring? Why or why not?
A: I would most definitely recommend double majoring, especially if you have multiple interests. If you’re committed to academics, it’s a great way to get the most out of your college tuition.

Q: In what ways have your majors affected your everyday life?
A: I got to go study in Oxford this summer, where I took classes on C.S. Lewis, philosophy, literature, and religion. Also, understanding world religions, including Christianity, makes a huge difference in how I’m able to evaluate literature and the views people present in writing.

Q: What advice would you give to a new student who has decided to pursue a double major?
A: I would encourage a new double major to go for it! I would say to be prepared for a lot of work, but if you’re starting a double major you’re probably a hard worker already. 🙂