Which second major should I choose if I want to go into IB after college?

Hey guys! I'm an incoming freshman at NYU Stern undergraduate college and I plan to concentrate in Finance and Computer/Data Science at Stern. Most of the Stern students will get a BS in Business upon graduation.

However, I am also interested in pursuing a second major at NYU CAS. I have a huge list of second majors to choose from but I am kind of leaning towards pursuing a BA in Economics. Will that be redundant to have two degrees in related fields like Business and Econ? If so, what other second majors are good for a prospective student looking to go into IB fields after graduation? Thanks!

P.S.: Here is the full list of second majors that I'm allowed to pursue at the CAS school: https://cas.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/cas/academic-p…

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Apr 22, 2021 - 4:53pm

Whatever you want bro your major doesn't matter for like 99% of IB firms. The only times I've seen job postings ask for Finance/Econ majors are for restructuring positions but you're already studying finance. I would just study whatever interests you the most and won't lower your GPA.

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Apr 22, 2021 - 7:30pm

You go to a target, to whatever interests you. You're going to spend the rest of your life doing finance and related things. Choose a second major that interests you because you likely will not have another chance to study it in depth. 

Apr 23, 2021 - 7:21pm

GPA > everything else - do not do CS/Stat/Math because you think it will look good and end up with a 3.0. Saw this mistake too many times and almost made it myself. 

I think quirky majors/minors are very underrated - one of the more respected humanities like Philosophy or History would definitely stand out in a resume pile - especially if one of your majors were already to be quantitative.

Apr 23, 2021 - 8:07pm

I'd choose something that makes you an interesting person to speak with - makes you someone who knows many things. History, philosophy, sociology are all decent minors. They aren't too hard and leave you with tools to analyze most contemporary issues. I studied math and would recommend everyone stay away. Your GPA is more important than even having a minor. 

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