Credits and costs
Enhance Your Penn State Degree
Add a minor to get even more value out of your education.
Gain Specialized Knowledge
Earning a minor enables you to complement your major, pursue a personal interest, or explore a different field of study.
To be successful in fields from business and industry, government and education or engineering and science & technology, you must be able to communicate effectively. The English minor courses offered online through Penn State World Campus give you the opportunity to explore writing and literature in order to become a more practiced and eloquent communicator. You may select any combination of writing and/or literature courses that are relevant to your personal interests and professional goals.
The study of literature can provide insights into human behavior as well as useful perspectives on diverse cultural values. Writing requires logical thinking to formulate a point of view and to find the most precise and appealing way in which to present it.
You may select any combination of writing and/or literature courses that are relevant to your personal interests and professional goals. To complete this minor, you must complete 18 approved credits with a grade of "C" or better. You may not count courses used to satisfy General Education Writing/Speaking requirement toward this minor.
Select courses from the following options, to be taken during your third through eighth semesters:
- 6 credits from ENGL 200–299
- 6 credits from ENGL 400–499
- 6 additional credits in English
Offered in collaboration with the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, this minor is open to all Penn State World Campus undergraduate students who meet the prerequisites.
Recommended Courses (18 credits)
This sample course list would fulfill the requirements for the minor.
If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.
Costs and Financial Aid
Undergraduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register and the number of total credits you have accrued at or transferred to Penn State. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.
|How many credits do you plan to take per semester?||If you have 59 or fewer credits||If you have 60 or more credits|
|11 or fewer||$620 per credit||$664 per credit|
|12 or more||$7,527 per semester||$8,125 per semester|
Financial Aid and Military Benefits
Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.
How to Apply
Please work with your adviser if you have questions about adding a minor. You can find your adviser's contact information in your student portal or by calling advising at 814-863-3283.
To be eligible for admittance into the media studies minor, you must:
- be a current Penn State undergraduate student in your fifth semester and be in a bachelor's degree major
- maintain a grade of C or better in all courses for the minor
- confirm that you do not have a matching minor code and major code
Adding a Minor
If you have achieved fifth-semester standing (60 credits completed), you can apply for admission to the minor. To begin, please follow these steps:
- Talk with your academic adviser about incorporating the minor into your major and to develop a semester-by-semester plan for meeting requirements.
- You can apply for the minor by adding it in LionPATH. You should do this as early as possible, but you can apply up to the late drop deadline of your graduating semester.
- You will receive a confirmation email once you declare the minor in LionPATH.
Review the technical requirements for this program.
To learn more about the Minor in English, please contact:
World Campus Advisers