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Are You Taking a Double Major?
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NOWADAYS, AS employment becomes more difficult, many students are choosing their major in two areas for their future. The double major system was introduced in 1996 to Yonsei Univ. and over 2,000 Yonseians are taking it now. While the interest in double major is increasing, The Yonsei Annals reflected on various thoughts of Yonseians about double majors. 

Nam Seok-mo
Sr., Dept. of Econ.

I am majoring in economics and applied statistics. While economics is a kind of theory-centered study, applied statistics is a skill-centered study. I attempted to learn theory and practical affairs together through two fields, and the result was more successful than I expected. In this way, a double major system seems to have a function to assist the main major.



Nam Song-hwa
Sr., Dept. of Law

Though I do not take a double major, I think it is a good system. At first, a double major can give new chance to students. If students do not like their assigned department or want to major in another subject, a double major system would be an alternative way for them.
Secondly, it can be a system which reflects the reality of today effectively. In the past, people used to get a job based on their university name. However, such a style is not possible anymore. Companies employ not graduates of prestigious schools, but talented people. To get plenty of  knowledge through a double major might be essential.

Oh Il-young
Soph., Dept. of Chemical Engin.

I do not like the double major system. Four years in undergraduate days is very short. I think it is not enough time to master even one major. How can we get good results from studying two fields in such a short time? If you really want to major in another subject, it would be better to study it in a graduate school after studying the first major deeply. As a student in Col. of Engin., I think other department studies  are necessary in the engineering field. Therefore, I am planning to acquire a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a master of business administration in a graduate school. Students should acquire two degrees through this process.

Chang Dae-ryun
Prof., Dept. of Bus. Admin.
The main purpose of a double major is to develop an ability doing multi discipline. However, double majoring changed this purpose, taking specific courses only for employment is not a desirable situation. Nowadays, for example, many students in other departments are taking business administration courses because most companies prefer students majoring in business administration. However, the business administration itself has various fields. Students of Dept. of Bus. Admin. have to study one field deeply. From this point of view, the students who come to study business recklessly can only do superficial study. Students have to not only fulfill the least number of credits for graduation, but also acquire enough ability to master their second major.

Yoo Jake
Student of Korean Language Institute

I took a double major in Canada, mathematics and business administration. In my school, University of Waterloo, there is a "Join Program". It is a program which connects two majors together, so that practical education is possible. New subjects combining two majors have been made. Professors manage them systemetically. Though it was very hard for me to complete, I could learn mathematics and business well together. On the other hand, in the double major system of Yonsei, students just choose what they want and take a degree after just completing the required credits.
However, this kind of system is meaningless and not effective because students can be confused in the middle of two different majors. If Yonsei introduced a new program, such as "Join Program", double major system would produce much better results than now.

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