A minor in Political Science is a great complement to other majors across the University. These programs are offered in conjunction with other academic colleges at Penn State. Their range illustrates the relevance of politics to nearly all aspects of our society.
The Political Science Minor gives students an opportunity to enhance their study of any field with an understanding of political, legal and regulatory processes in the United States and/or internationally. Since nearly all human activities are influenced by politics, knowing something about specific institutions and understanding the dynamic between organizational structures and human behavior can give students greater insight into the factors shaping their major field and extend their employment prospects. The political science minor is a particularly good complement to majors with relevance to public policy, as well as to majors that prepare students to work in multiple regulatory environments and in fields that rely on public funding.
**Please note: Students pursuing International Politics major and Political Science BA, may not pursue the Political Science Minor.**
The Global Security minor provides students with the theoretical frameworks and practical skills to understand the technical, legal, ethical and regulatory dimensions of security. Students are introduced to various methods to identify and respond to security threats and the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches. The program also emphasizes the social, historical, and cultural factors that underlie both conflicts between states and conflicts between state and nonstate actors. The minor is a collaboration between the College of the Liberal Arts and the College of Information Sciences and Technology.
**Please note: Students pursuing International Politics-National Security option, may not pursue the Global Security Minor.**
Business and the Liberal Arts
The Business and Liberal Arts minor combines business courses with a selection of courses in the Liberal Arts that emphasize various perspectives on business, as well as entrepreneurship and ethics. All students take a Business and the Liberal Arts course co-taught by faculty and alumni and a course on leadership. Students have considerable flexibility in selecting other courses to fulfill the requirements for the minor, thus the program is easy to customize to students’ interest in particular regions, disciplines and aspects of business.