A Personalized Education
Electing to pursue a double major at RIT might sound intimidating, but it’s a lot more manageable than you’d think. “It’s not that it’s more stressful to double major, it’s just a matter of managing the stress. Staying on top of your classes is what’s really important. It’s an organizational thing more than anything else,” says Ruth, a Museum Studies major who is double majoring with ASL-English Interpretation, a program offered through the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
During her time at RIT, Ruth has taken advantage of the diversity of courses offered on campus to build an education that fits her personal interests and goals. “Last spring, I interned at the Memorial Art Gallery here in Rochester, which was a great general experience in working in a museum. But I also wanted experience working in museum accessibility, which is how museums open up their programming to those with disabilities. I knew I wanted to be in a place that was really well-established so I could see what it really takes.” With encouragement from her professors, Ruth applied for an internship at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, citing her skills both in museum studies and ASL interpretation as strengths.
Ruth credits the combination of her majors and the unique synergies they create with helping her to land such a prestigious co-op position. “I’m hesitant to say simply ‘dual majors made be successful’ because it was less about simply having the majors and more about how I was able to combine and synthesize them.” The skills she learns in both programs—and how she is able to apply knowledge from each to the other— gave her the opportunity to work at one of the country’s top cultural institutions.
Interested in learning more about double majors at RIT? Contact an advisor to discuss your options!