Hollie, Organization/City asked Mekka Williams, NetApp

AddedFriday, August 30, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Should I add a minor to a software engineering degree?
I was wondering if you minored in web design or java or anything else? I was thinking about software engineering but I'm not sure what I could do with a general BS in software. I was hoping for your advice Thanks so much! Hollie
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  • Mekka Williams , NetApp
    Answered Friday, August 30, 2013 at 3:10 PM
    Hi Hollie!
    
    Most CS programs should offer you a practical minor or "minor" equivalent. GT forced us into major areas of specialization and minor areas of specialization within CS. They also made us choose a non-CS area of specialization. This is a great mix because a CS degree can transcend almost any of the other major studies. So I did the following:
    CS major: Software Engineering
    CS minor: Telecommunications/Networking
    non-CS major: Micro-computer based design
    
    When I graduated I went to work for a major telecom software/hardware provider doing embedded development. I used all three of those areas in my job regularly.
    
    I would encourage you to consider non-CS specific things that interest you and see if you cant come up with a way to apply software design/development skills to that non-CS specific thing. The CS skills are your foundation, tools. They're great tools that will allow you to make almost any other field more efficient :-).
    
    I am currently considering getting a JD and figuring out how to combine my CS/IT skills with law (maybe intellectual property specific studies). It never stops :-).
    
    Hope this helps and feel free to contact me again if you have any more questions! Good Luck!
    
    - Mekka