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How to List a Minor & Major on a Resume & Where to Put It [Examples]

How to List a Minor & Major on a Resume & Where to Put It [Examples]

Writing a resume could be a real head-scratcher. If you’re wondering how to list a minor on a resume or what to do with a double major on a resume, you’ve come to the right place.

Maciej Duszyński
Maciej Duszyński
Resume Expert at Zety

Listing a major and minor on a resume seems like a straightforward thing to do.

 

What you mostly need to pay attention to is—

 

The format.

 

After all, you want your resume to be well-organized and readable.

 

Don’t worry.

 

We’ll explain to you how to list a major and minor on a resume, and illustrate it with great examples.

 

This article will show you:

 

  • How to put a major and minor on a resume.
  • Where to put a minor on your resume.
  • How to list a double major on a resume.
  • Examples of how to write a minor on a resume.

 

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1

Include the Education Section in Your Resume

 

The right place for adding a minor is your resume education section. All you need to do is format this section in the same style as all the other resume sections.

 

Make sure the resume font you use is consistent throughout the entire document, and help the recruiter navigate through your resume by labeling all resume sections accordingly.

 

And remember:

 

Only add information on a minor on your resume if it’s relevant to the position you’re applying for, and adds value to your application.

 

If you’re seeking an entry-level position in finance, and list medieval literature as a minor—

 

Well, it will look kind of strange.

 

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2

Add Information on Your Degree

 

Before you write a minor on your resume, make sure all the other details regarding your education are there.

 

Put the name and location of the college along with the dates, and the degree you earned.

 

2005–2008

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Bachelor of Science

 

Pro Tip: Education section is an important part of your student resume or entry-level resume. As you gain more and more experience shift your focus to presenting your achievements on a resume.

 

3

List Your Major First

 

When you list a major on your resume, put it right after your degree.

 

The examples below show you how you can do it:

 

Major on a Resume—Examples

 

2005–2008

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Bachelor of Science in Economics

 

2005–2008

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology

 

Here’s how you can list a double major on a resume:

 

Double Major on a Resume—Examples

 

2005–2008

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Bachelor of Science in Economics & Mathematics

 

2005–2008

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Psychology and Arts

 

Pro Tip: Always list your primary major first and follow it with your secondary major.

 

You can list your major(s) in a single line.

 

The only situation when listing your major in two separate lines makes sense is when each major earned you a different degree:

 

2001–2004

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

BA in Psychology

BSc in Statistics

 

4

Follow Your Major With a Minor

 

Put your minor on a resume directly after your major. It’s enough to separate the two with a comma. Just make sure it’s clear which is which by including the word minor, like so:

 

Minor on a Resume—Examples

 

2003–2007

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Bachelor of Science in Economics, Minor in Mathematics

 

2011–2014

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology, Minor in Arts

 

Here’s how to put a minor on a resume if you also hold a double major:

 

Major and Minor on a Resume—Examples

 

2003–2007

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Bachelor of Science in Economics & Mathematics, Minor in Political Science

 

2011–2014

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Psychology and Arts, Minor in English

 

5

Consider Adding Extra Information

 

Surely, putting a major and minor on a resume is an important element of a recent graduate resume.

 

But you can still boost your chances by including additional information, such as GPA on a resume, relevant coursework, or extracurricular activities.

 

If you include such additional information, your education section could look like this:

 

Major and Minor in a Resume Education Section—Example

 

2003–2007

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Bachelor of Science in Economics & Mathematics, Minor in Political Science

GPA: 3.97/4.00

Coursework: Econometrics, Competition and Strategy, Games and Economic Behavior

Extracurricular activities: Member of Dartmouth Quant Traders

 

Pro Tip: You can list your major GPA on a resume if it’s higher than your overall GPA. Make sure each of them is labeled accordingly, though.

 

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Key Takeaways

 

Here's how to list a minor and major on a resume:

 

  • Add the education section to your resume and place it strategically (either before or after the experience section).
  • Then, add school name and location, dates of attendance/graduation date, and degree earned.
  • Next, add information on your major(s). If you hold a double major make sure you list your primary major first.
  • Finally, add information on your minor in the same line as the major(s).
  • Consider adding extra information to your education section to boost its impact. Think about listing your overall GPA (if higher than 3.5), major GPA on a resume, relevant coursework, etc.

 

Not sure whether or not you should include a minor on your resume? Give us a shout out in the comments below! Always happy to help.

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Maciej Duszyński
Maciej Duszyński
Maciej is a career expert with a solid background in the education management industry. Worked with people at all stages of their career paths: from interns to directors to C-suite members, he now helps you find your dream job.

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