Do you want to leverage your bets for a better future? Are you an accounting major with a passion for music who wants to make their resume more well-rounded? If so, maybe a minor is right for you.

So, what exactly is a minor? Sydney Nikols of Campus Explorer writes, “A minor is defined as a secondary area of study that you can choose to focus on in college.” Minors are not obligatory; they are optional avenues of study that allow students to add further value to their degrees. They also give students the chance to concentrate on a different subject based on interest. Choosing a minor is a wise choice for students who may have an idea of what they like, but aren’t sure what they want to do as a career.

Below is a list of cool sounding minors from higher education institutions such as the University of Chicago, Cornell University, MIT, University of Wisconsin, and University of Pennsylvania. These minors are taken directly from their websites, with the links provided.

It is important to note that none of the information presented here is for the purpose of promoting a certain school, nor have I been paid by any school to talk about their programs. When I discuss these programs, I am writing from first-hand experience as a user or attendee of the college, or as a casual observer. The following are simply what I consider to be cool sounding minors based on my own opinion.

Now for the list:

University of Chicago:
Classical Studies
Cinema and Media Studies
Computational Neuroscience
East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Germanic Studies
Human Rights
Molecular Engineering
History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine
Medieval Studies
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Romance Languages and Literatures
Slavic Languages and Literatures
Statistics

University of Pennsylvania:
Actuarial Mathematics
American Sign Language and Deaf Studies
Ancient History
Bioethics
Biological Basis of Behavior
Consumer Psychology
Dutch (Netherlandic)
East Central European Studies
Jazz and Popular Music
Logic, Information and Computation
Medical Sociology
Native American and Indigenous Studies
Psychoanalytic Studies
Science, Technology and Society
Survey Research and Data Analytics
Sustainability and Environmental Management

MIT:
Astronomy
Atmospheric Chemistry
Biomedical Engineering
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
History of Architecture and Art
Japanese
Materials Science and Engineering
Nuclear Science & Engineering
Toxicology and Environmental Health

Cornell University:
Inequality Studies
Crime, Prisons, Education & Justice
Portuguese & Brazilian Studies
History of Capitalism
Classical Civilization
Game Design
Science of Earth Systems
Minority, Indigenous & Third World Studies
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire:
Biology- Teaching
Biology-Microbiology
Business Finance
Communication Studies
Special Education – Learning Disabilities and Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence
Latin American Studies

What do you think of the list? Do any of these minors pique your interest? What are you minoring in right now and why? We’re curious to know, so give us a shout in the comments below.