None. Take what appeals to you, and do well. Doing well will be useful as a premed, since grades are important. Other than that and prerequisites, for the umpteenth time, schools don't care about majors or minors, so no, they don't matter, and there is no such thing as a useful one.I'm feeling as though I need to take away as much as I can from my University before I graduate.
but adcoms dont care about minors...unless you are contributing to the delinquency of one and then they notice big timeWhy don’t you care about miners? They built this country. Without the coal miners of West Virginia and movies like The Coal Miner’s Daughter, where would we be? Oh, minors . . . still, young people, especially those under 18, are very important to the success of this nation . . .
Like another poster said, I think Spanish is useful. I'm not minoring in Spanish, but I took a lot of upper-level Spanish classes that go into not just the language, but a lot of cultural/historical topics that are really interesting and I think important to learn. I also think African American studies would be cool or any other minor that delves into other cultures. The classes I learned the most out of and came up in a lot of interesting conversations were from the humanities. I had to take a political ideology class as a part of my lib ed requirements where we read novels from important figures during the Civil Rights Movement (Malcom X, MLK, James Baldwin), and this was hands down the most rewarding class I took in college.I wondered about language (mandarin), african american studies or business.
no, adcoms do not know the rigor of a specific major at a specific college. While completing more than one major with high GPA is an accomplishment, the potential risk from getting impacting GPA is a real negative. That is, not only do not gain an advantage from the attempt of doing more than 1 major, it will be considered bad judgement at best. Additionally, if you do a "difficult" major and get less than stellar GPA, an adcom cant assume it was because it was difficult; it could be you were just a poor student and that is the conclusion they will take.
Sorry, but you are engaging in a classic pre-med delusion. You impress us by doing well. Period.
If you think pathology and radiology have nothing to do with customer service, I'd suggest spending some time in the lab or reading room...all other departments think path and rads live to serve them (and physicians can be tough customers!)Then you better go into pathology or radiology...