What Is a Minor?
A minor is an academic program, consisting of at least 18 credits, that supplements a major. A minor may consist of course work in a single area or from several disciplines, with at least six, but ordinarily not more than half, of the credits at the 400-course level.General Information About Minors at Penn State
- Total credit requirements are specified by the discipline and generally limited to 18 to 21 credits
- All courses for the minor require a grade of C or above
- Entrance to some minors may require the completion of a number of prerequisites including courses, portfolios, auditions, or other forms of documentation that are not included in the total requirements for the minor
- Entrance to some minors may require payment of a one time, non-refundable charge
- In some disciplines, students may not need to complete additional credits or semesters in order to earn a minor
- Students may pursue multiple minors
Why Should Students Pursue a Minor?
- Increase marketability
- Broaden education
- Pursue an additional area of interest
How is a Minor Noted on a Student’s Academic Record?
- Receive a certificate for completion of minor along with diploma
- Recorded on student transcript and degree audit
What If a Student Does Not Complete All of the Requirements for the Minor?
- The minor is not recorded on the student’s transcript or degree audit
- A student does not need to withdraw from a minor
How do Students Apply for a Minor?
- Select the tab for the minor you want to pursue or follow the links listed below