Students sitting in front of the NYU Stern building.

The college application process comes with a lot of decision-making. Between choosing what kind of school you would like to attend, where the school is located, if it is affordable, and the like, the enthusiasm can start to dwindle. I am sure that by now you have considered what you will study in your years as an undergraduate. I have always been interested in the health sciences and public health and know I want to go to medical school in the future. However, I had other interests that I wanted to incorporate into my studies. But I was uncertain how I was going to pursue them during college.

So How Did I Solve This? Well, Let Me Introduce You to NYU’s Cross-School Minors!

“New York University offers a wide variety of minors across its undergraduate schools. A cross-school minor is a convenient study option for students wishing to learn more about a field that they cannot major or minor in at their home school.” —NYU Cross-School Minors page

A group of students working on laptops.

Senior year of high school, I started an Etsy business where I sold hand-lettered art! I realized during my project that I had no background or expertise in business. Going into college, I became very interested in acquiring skills in business to use within my Etsy shop. I also considered the idea of using them in my public health career. Although I am not a student at the NYU Stern School of Business, I wanted to find a way to still take classes there. At NYU, students can choose from a list of over 100 cross-school minors to pursue. I found my Social Entrepreneurship minor hosted by NYU Stern and NYU Wagner in this list; it ties in perfectly with the direction I may want to take business in the future!

Does a Cross-School Minor Work for Me?

As a Global Public Health and Biology major on the premed track, I was wary Iʼd have time for a minor. But my minor allows me to graduate on time while learning something completely new alongside my major coursework. If you believe you have an interest that you want to pursue in college but do not want to commit a major course load to it, a minor is a great way to start. In my case, social entrepreneurship is completely different from global public health and biology, and it worked! These cross-school minors (and minors in general) are a great way to weave your interests together.

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Michelle Alvarado (she/her) is a rising sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Global Public Health with a concentration in Biology and minoring in Social Entrepreneurship. Originally from New Jersey, Michelle came to NYU as a first generation college student aspiring to earn her degree in the city that never sleeps. When she isn’t working on campus as an Office Assistant or Admissions Ambassador, Michelle can be found admiring NYC dogs or studying at her favorite coffee shop near campus. She is a member of a Panhellenic sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Hall Council. Michelle is passionate about helping others and hopes that by sharing her journey, she can inspire others to chase their dreams.