“Whoa, so you’re earning a dual majoring in Biology and English? “How does that work out?”
These are the common reactions that I usually get from other people. For my friends who are interested in earning a dual degree, especially my Pre-Health friends, this post is for you.
1.)WHY DID YOU DO IT?
I actually started off majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and along the lines of having to take Gened classes, I simply enjoyed taking English courses. I wanted to have a more comprehensive view in understanding what makes the human body tick, and why they function the way that they function. In addition, I wanted to learn more about writing techniques (haha I mean it also helps with applications, right?)
2.) HOW DO I BALANCE EVERYTHING OUT, CONSIDERING THAT THESE MAJORS ARE TWO BROAD ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM?
Truthfully, it’s not easy. Haha, I need to switch the areas of the brain that I’m using. From more of a straight-forward, logical aspect to a more creative side. In addition, if you want to have a life and do well in all of your classes, you have to learn how to prioritize your time well. (Check out my other blog post about that.)
3.)HOW AM I ABLE TO DOUBLE DEGREE?
Okay, before I elaborate on this, know that earning a double degree means paying twice the amount than is expected (I actually did not realize this until I went to get my graduation clearance.) Anyways, I suggest to first look at the overall curriculum catalog, and see if you are able to double dip in some class. What I mean by that is if you have to take a gen ed class in biology, use one of your required English classes to fulfill that. Another piece of advice about this is to consult your Pre-med/Pre-health advisor and program director advisor to see what they suggest.
4.) IS IT NECESSARY FOR ME TO EARN A DOUBLE DEGREE IN NATURAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES IF I WANT TO GET INTO MEDICAL/GRAD SCHOOL?
Truthfully, you do not have to earn a double degree in these courses(earning a science degree will give you a better understanding on how certain diseases comes about), but if you want to major in a social science, business, or even art, then go for it. Use that four years to understand that topic. A side note here is that one of the physicians that I shadowed double majored in communications and history. In addition, just know that when it comes to your medical school interviews, you have to be able to explain to the admissions committee in why you chose those majors.
** All in all, if you want a deeper understanding of a certain topic, in addition to science, then why not major in that? Or if you want to have a double degree in that aspect, why not do it as well?
Forever your explorer,