Minor Programs

Business

This important minor, taught by faculty with deep industry experience, is a strong complement to virtually any major. It offers a multitude of options and opportunities to develop the right skills to enhance your value and ability to compete in your chosen field.

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For more information, contact:

Dr. Maung Min
610-285-5117 | [email protected]


Civic and Community Engagement

The Civic and Community Engagement minor (CIVCM) is an interdisciplinary program that allows you to extend your education beyond the classroom by engaging in socially meaningful community service or problem-based fieldwork and research.

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Corporate Communication

The minor in Corporate Communication (CC-UMNR) will introduce you to strategic communication for organizations or brands, including for-profit business, non-profit organizations, and government entities. You’ll be prepared to support organizations or brands with their communication goals and stakeholder relationship management. In addition to the foundational concepts of corporate communication, you’ll explore internal or external communication practices that contribute to organizational brand and reputation. You’ll also have the chance to pursue field-relevant interests such as social and digital media, risk and crisis communications, writing for the web, marketing, and management strategies. 

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For more information, contact:

Dr. Kristen Hark
610-285-5000 | [email protected]


Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This interdisciplinary minor uses problem-based learning and other active learning pedagogies to prepare you to create value and be agents of positive change in your discipline and careers. The courses develop skills, knowledge and values in problem solving, innovation, opportunity recognition, self-efficacy, leadership, ethics, communications and learning from failure. This highly versatile program is also specially designed to give you the freedom to explore a broad range of entrepreneurship and innovation interests that establish your foundational knowledge. After completing these core courses, you’ll select a concentration cluster with options ranging from entrepreneurship in food and bio-innovation, technology, the arts, media, and hospitality, to digital, social entrepreneurship, advocacy and new ventures.

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For more information, contact:

Dr. Denise Ogden 
610-285-5156 | [email protected] 


Game Development Minor

The Game Development minor (GAME) is open to any Penn State Lehigh Valley student, regardless of major. As an interdisciplinary minor, GAME complements technical majors (i.e. Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering, and Information Technology) as well as non-technical majors (i.e. Art, Business, Communication, and Psychology). Far more than just computer programming, this exciting program will allow you to explore the artistic, social and psychological aspects of video games while laying the foundation for further study and/or employment in the gaming industry. It’s typically completed in 3-4 semesters, and some of the specific courses required by the minor can be used to fulfill requirements for both your current major as well as General Education requirements.

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For more information, contact:

Dr. Jeffrey A. Stone
610-285-5003 | [email protected]


Global Health Minor

As the world becomes more globally connected, the need for professionals who understand the impact of world health issues is growing exponentially. Penn State’s Global Health (GLBHL) minor prepares you for this exciting challenge while exploring this increasingly complex field of study.

As a GLBHL student, you will travel to Africa, South America, or Europe to complete a supervised fieldwork experience that allows you to apply your classroom education in a practical setting — and increase your cultural awareness and sensitivity.

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For more information, contact: 

Samantha Beebe
610-285-5123 | [email protected]


Health Policy & Administration

Healthcare is one of the largest employers in the world – and certainly in our region. This well-respected minor in Health Policy and Administration (HPA) focuses on the healthcare system, health policy, health administration, and how business and government impact the industry. It’s a great fit if you are interested in clinical and health-related fields, professional fields, or the social sciences.

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For more information, contact:

Dr. Anita Yuskauskas
610-285-5107 | [email protected]


Information Sciences and Technology

The tech world is ever-evolving and growing at lightening speed. This minor will provide you with the skillsets needed to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new "Information Age."

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For more information, contact:

Kermit Burley
610-285-5071 | [email protected]


Psychology

The Psychology minor is specially designed to provide you with a broad overview of topics and domains within psychology, as well as the knowledge and skills related to the research methods, theories and applications found within one or two specific content domains of the field.

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For more information, contact:

Dr. Kevin Kelley
610-285-5062 | [email protected]


Rehabilitation & Human Services

A minor in Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHS) is an excellent supplement to many majors if you are interested in gaining advanced knowledge and skills related to health, disability, and interpersonal interactions.

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For more information, contact:

Teri Kistler
610-285-5251 | [email protected]


Sustainability

If you’re interested in environmental, social, and economic sustainability, the Intercollege Minor in Sustainability Leadership provides a multitude of ways to focus on this increasingly important field. Administered by a University-wide faculty committee, the program provides an opportunity to develop key competencies that will fuel your growth as a sustainability leader in your civic and professional endeavors.

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For more information, contact: 

Dr. Maung Min
610-285-5117 | [email protected]

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