Program Summary

Build a broad base of knowledge in political science that can help widen your career path. This minor draws on the extensive research resources offered by Penn State’s Department of Political Science.

Costs and Financial Aid

18 Credits $576/$617 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

A political science minor can provide you with an adaptable set of skills that are valued by employers — and help you establish a more flexible career path in a rapidly changing world. Penn State’s Department of Political Science is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most active centers for empirical research in a broad range of political science issues. The knowledge and skill that you gain can prepare you to work in a variety of fields, including but not limited to government, law, business, journalism, and the nonprofit sector.

The political science minor will introduce you to political processes and institutions through a selection of 18 credits, with at least one course in each of the following political science areas: American politics, theory/methodology, comparative politics, and international relations. Courses used to satisfy General Education, bachelor of arts degree requirements, electives, and major requirements may also be used to satisfy requirements for the minor.

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.

This minor is open to all interested undergraduate World Campus students who meet the prerequisites; it is most useful if you are majoring in law and society, criminal justice, or letters, arts, and sciences.