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.
History is the study of the past through the interpretation and analysis of written documents. Knowledge of the vast range of human accomplishments, capabilities, and events helps students better situate themselves and provide an educated response to the vast social, political, and cultural changes and movements at work in the modern world. At the same time, the practice of history develops valuable skills, such as critical reading and thinking, applied research and information gathering, and professional writing and the effective communication of ideas, all of which are vital assets for virtually any major field. Adding a history minor to your undergraduate degree is an excellent way to expand your skill set, regardless of your career aspirations, while complementing your main course of study.
Penn State’s history minor currently provides a wide range of instruction on topics such as early American history, including the American Revolution and the Civil War, as well as more focused courses on 19th century Europe, World War II, and the modern United States.
In collaboration with the College of the Liberal Arts, this minor is open to all interested undergraduate Penn State World Campus students who meet the prerequisites.
In this program, you will have the opportunity to study with highly regarded faculty from Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, one of the premier institutions in the world to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines.
At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level.
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
To be eligible for admittance into the political science 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
- the minor code and major code cannot match
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 History, offered in partnership with the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, please contact:
World Campus Advisers
Email: [email protected]