Choosing a Minor To Go With a Finance Major

I am interested in trading, not really sure what type of trading though. I have just started reading a few basic trading books. I am a finance major at a non target and I have time to pursue a minor. I have narrowed my choices down to a minor in agribusiness and management, a minor in agricultural and Applied Economics, a minor in computer science, a minor in consumer economics, a minor in resource economics, a certificate in computing, or a certificate in computer systems engineering. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Most Useful Minors for Finance Major

While several of the listed minors would be helpful in the trading profession, our users almost unanimously believed that computer science would be the most useful with math as a good alternative.

protectedclass:
Take whatever CS courses you have to take in order to get to the Algorithm and Data Structure course.

SamChappelle:
From the list you posted, I'd recommend minoring in computer science. The logic behind computer science is useful, and you'd probably learn a language or two, and, if not, you'd be able to pick one up very easily post-graduation. A minor in math would also be really useful if you plan on going to graduate school.

However, some users shared that you should major in something else that you are interested in that would make you a more well-rounded candidate.

firefighter:
People want kids who have second majors and minors in non-finance subjects because they are more well-rounded/interesting/whatever. Personally, I would take a kid with a double major in history and poli sci over a finance kid, all else equal, because they're probably more interesting to talk to.

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Comments (76)

Jan 16, 2012 - 6:57pm
APAE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

CompSci.

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Jan 16, 2012 - 7:10pm
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Jan 16, 2012 - 8:58pm
UncleMilty, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you're unable to do math as a minor, do comp sci. Something quant-y shouldn't hurt, no?

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Jan 16, 2012 - 9:25pm
Memberberries, what's your opinion? Comment below:

From a finance graduate, I'd recommend history. It will give context to your profession and to your plays.

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Nov 18, 2012 - 11:22am
SamChappelle, what's your opinion? Comment below:

From the list you posted, I'd recommend minoring in computer science. The logic behind computer science is useful, and you'd probably learn a language or two, and, if not, you'd be able to pick one up very easily post-graduation. A minor in math would also be really useful if you plan on going to graduate school.

Nov 18, 2012 - 11:25am
SamChappelle, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I should also mention that I don't really know what a certificate in computer systems engineering would entail, so that may me a good option but I'm not sure.

Dec 1, 2012 - 7:55pm
TGICapitalism, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Computer Science forsure. I wouldn't pursue agribiz, unless you plan to go specifically into options & futures management. Political science will do nothing for you.

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:13pm
Apelord, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Political science is a solid minor. Adds to the well roundedness of the individual and if you gear your courses towards business like political economy it could give a macro advantage.

Dec 1, 2012 - 7:56pm
mk0000, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Does my minor matter? (Originally Posted: 06/14/2011)

Would it matter what my minor is for future jobs in IB? Is it okay if I minor in something I'm interested in related to the social sciences like history or philosophy (the department at NYU is really good for this), rather than something related to my major of finance like math, computer science, or something along those lines? Would it show lack of commitment to finance (I doubt it but still)?

Thanks for your advice in advance.

Dec 1, 2012 - 7:58pm
Victor252, what's your opinion? Comment below:

As a guy who did a double major to show my dedication to finance;

No it doesn't matter. GPA is far more important. Pick a minor that you can enjoy and get good grades in.

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Dec 1, 2012 - 8:00pm
Victor252, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I almost did a minor in sociology and found the classes to be easy A's. But I know some people who seemed to do surprisingly bad in the subject.

Ask upperclassmen at NYU who are doing those minors. It's going to vary school to school and teacher to teacher.

Also remember, GPA matters but have fun. Once you graduate, you'll never get the chance to live like an undergrad again.

Finally, networking is more important than your minor or grades to a degree. If you make a god impression during your internship, your boss isn't going to extend the offer to some anonymous guy with a GPA that's .3 higher than yours. Just meeting people in the field and letting them know (or finding out for yourself) what your interested in will give you more opportunities than what your minor is.

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Dec 1, 2012 - 8:02pm
firefighter, what's your opinion? Comment below:

seriously though, no. in fact I've heard the opposite: people want kids who have second majors and minors in non finance subjects because they are more well rounded/interesting/whatever. Personally, I would take a kid with a double major in history and poli sci over a finance kid, all else equal, because they're probably more interesting to talk to (disclaimer: JUST ME THOUGH)

NYU has a fantastic philosophy department from what i've heard and you would be doing yourself a huge disfavor not to check it out

Dec 1, 2012 - 8:03pm
IlliniProgrammer, what's your opinion? Comment below:

No. The problem is that we don't know what a minor means and even if we did, there's nothing to say you got all CS in your minor courses and balanced it out with As in your major coursework.

A double-major does make a difference in some cases. Adding Engineering or Math to Finance adds a lot of quantitative depth; adding finance or Econ to engineering overcomes some stereotypes (though adding conference basketball overcomes a whole lot more.)

Dec 1, 2012 - 8:06pm
Walkerr, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'll be doing a minor from september onwards. My first and second preference are marketing and corporate finance. Marketing because I want to broaden my views a bit, and corporate finance because the classes seem different than at my home-uni. What would u guys suggest?

Dec 1, 2012 - 8:07pm
Victor252, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Marketing is smoke and mirrors. CF is boring.

I'd take CF if i had only those two options but try for something fun. Again, this is coming form a Econ/Fin double major. That extra effort of mine was not worth shit compared to a little networking.

Pick a schedule that will let you find a part time internship if you don't care about partying. Work experience and networking trumps everything.

Dec 1, 2012 - 8:09pm
Walkerr, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Victor252:
Marketing is smoke and mirrors. CF is boring.

I'd take CF if i had only those two options but try for something fun. Again, this is coming form a Econ/Fin double major. That extra effort of mine was not worth shit compared to a little networking.

Pick a schedule that will let you find a part time internship if you don't care about partying. Work experience and networking trumps everything.

I had to choose between 5 options, because those were the only ones in english, so i've put marketing as my first preference because I think it will allow me to have more time besides uni + there's possible overlap with my major(finance).

The marketing program includes pitching ideas to real companies, classes on negotiation skills and a teambuilding weekend.

I'm also doing a strategy consulting project besides my minor. I just want to get some experience there, so I'm doing as much as possible(within reason of course)

Dec 1, 2012 - 8:08pm
CompBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Minor has almost no impact. Take whichever minor you'd like -- definitely don't do it to better position yourself for an IB career.

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Dec 1, 2012 - 8:10pm
grandpabuzz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Is a minor worth it? (Originally Posted: 11/14/2007)

I currently have the option to graduate a semester early with two majors. However, if I take up a minor in Accounting, Management, etc, I would have to take those extra classes that last semester. So my question is would having a minor really boost my resume for recruitment? Or should I save the money and use it to leave the continent (never have before) during that extra semester?

I'm currently a sophomore at a semi-target.

Thanks.

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Dec 1, 2012 - 8:24pm
santhonyjohn, what's your opinion? Comment below:

How useful is a CS minor? (Originally Posted: 10/28/2015)

Currently a freshman at Berkeley, hoping to get into Haas. I'm wondering how helpful a CS minor would be to me if I plan to pursue a future career in finance/investing (sorry for the vagueness).

The only thing preventing me from the minor is the impact that it will have on my GPA. I was thinking that instead of the minor, I P/NP a few CS classes, learn stuff on my own over the summer, do my own projects, etc. Will that alone give me an advantage, or is the minor very important? Thanks!

Dec 1, 2012 - 8:32pm
lcsucess14, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Finance Major Computer Science Minor (Originally Posted: 06/29/2015)

Would minoring in computer science help in anyway? I am attending a non-target school with the hopes of getting into Asset Management or PE.

Dec 1, 2012 - 8:36pm
mack387, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm a finance major with a minor in stat, how can i be more quant? (Originally Posted: 10/29/2007)

I feel that with engineers/physics majors, how could I ever be on par with those guys for a trading job? What trading desks are less quant? And is there anything I can do extra to gain more quant skills? thanks

Dec 1, 2012 - 8:40pm
jkjk1212, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Choosing major/minor (Originally Posted: 09/23/2013)

Hi all,

Third year at Northeastern University. I'm thinking of modifying my course schedule from dual concentration in finance/accounting to concentration in just finance and double minor in economics and international affairs. I have two more years and co-ops ahead of me. I'm looking into getting a job in commodities trading or research.

Am I making a good choice? Any other suggestions?

Thanks

Dec 1, 2012 - 8:42pm
TTG413, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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