Minors at Penn State Scranton

Minors at Penn State Scranton


While a student pursues a baccalaureate degree, the addition of a minor can expand the educational experience. A minor is an academic program that supplements a major. Minors require a minimum of 18 credits and typically no more than 21 credits with at least 6 but ordinarily not more than half of the credits at the 400 level. A minor program may consist of course work in a single area or from several disciplines.


How to Declare /Apply for a Minor

Declaring a minor does not guarantee that the required courses will be available or that you will be able to complete the minor.

There are two procedures for entering a minor:

  1. Minors that do not have entrance requirements can be declared on eLion.
  2. Minors that have special entrance criteria require an application.

Declaring a Minor: If a minor does not have entrance requirements (see Special Considerations listed by minor in MinorQuest, use the eLion Minor Declaration application. After declaring your minor, notify the person/department responsible for the minor and ask that you be included on the departmental/minor email listserv.

Applying for a Minor: If a minor has entrance requirements (check MinorQuest)under the minor's Special Consideration link), you must contact the department offering the minor to apply.

Deadline: A minor can be declared any time after you have been accepted in a major and attained fifth-semester classification (60 credits). Typically, to graduate with a minor, you must be accepted in the minor before the late drop deadline of your last semester (check for an earlier deadline in MinorQuest under the minor's Special Consideration link).

The following minors may be completed at Penn State Scranton:

Biology Minor

Business Administration Minor


Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies



Human Development and Family Studies

Information Sciences and Technology

International Studies


Security and Risk Analysis