Why Should I Take Classes Outside of My Expected Major?

Exploring Classes

There are many reasons to take classes outside of your expected major: to make connections between methodologies or approaches, to draw insight from exploring a topic or subject from multiple angles, to acquire multiple competencies that can help you adapt to new challenges throughout a lifetime of learning.

Owning Your education

Perhaps the most important reason to take classes outside of your major, however, is that exploration is the means by which you make your education your own. More than anything else these choices -- how you acquire disciplinary breadth, how you decide to challenge yourself outside of your comfort zone, which independent avenues of inquiry you choose to pursue -- make your academic career uniquely yours and distinguish getting an education from merely going to school.