How I Became a Double Major

Elaina Mancuso—Last Saturday, I had an opportunity to talk about my experiences as a communications student at one of our fall Open Houses. My advisor and professor in a previous year reached out to me to speak at this event. I was thrilled to have this chance because I love sharing my experiences at Brockport with others. So, if you have any interest in Communications Studies or Health Care Administration, this post is dedicated to you!

fall open houseI came to Brockport as a business intent and realized after two semesters of general education and prerequisite business courses that the program just wasn’t for me. My third semester, however, I dabbled in a little bit of everything and took an 18-credit course load to fill my curiosity. I took an English class, a communications class, a couple health science classes, and anthropology—you know, all the good liberal arts classes. The things that actually interested me!

When the middle of the semester rolled around, I knew I was going to be a communications major. Communication is literally everywhere! We do it every day. “You cannot not communicate.” So, I declared a major in Communication Studies with a concentration in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. But, in order to be a communications major, you must have a second major or a minor. What could I declare a second major in?

dwightmemeIn addition to knowing I was going to be a comm. major, I knew I really enjoyed the health science classes I was taking: nutrition, intro to alcohol and drug abuse, and human sexuality. When I took a closer look at the health science program offered at Brockport, there were two tracks that interested me: the liberal arts program and the health care administration program. I weighed my options with both programs and made yet another important decision of my college career: My second major will be health science with a Health Care Administration concentration.

I’ve come to realize that both degree programs have fairly small class sizes, usually maxing out at about 20 students. I’ve never felt like a number here and I’ve always been addressed by my name. I think that’s something that’s critical when it comes to academics because you’re able to build those one-on-one connections with your professors. Having two majors has also expanded my network on campus—I know double the students and double the professors.

What I like about my communications major is that it complements my health science major (or vice versa). I feel that double majoring has added a layer of depth to my education and gives me a broader variety of opportunities when it comes to internships and employment.

All students go through major declaration. The best part about choosing your major(s) is that you have a lot more time to decide on it than you think. Of course that downtime should go to researching a good program fit for you, but it is good to know that you have time to figure it out. If you’re interested in finding out more about these and other programs, check out the undergrad programs offered at The College at Brockport.

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If you have questions about these course programs, Elaina would be happy to answer them and direct you to other resources. Email her at emanc2@brockport.edu or follow her on Twitter at @Bport_Elaina.

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