Academic Minors

At Penn State Schuylkill you can complete nine academic minors.

Addictions and Recovery

The multi-disciplinary minor in Addictions and Recovery supplements the educational needs of students who wish to gain advanced knowledge and skills to support people struggling with a substance use disorder in all stages of the recovery process. Upon completion of the minor, students will have the knowledge and skills to support development and administration of programs designed to improve outcomes for those struggling with addictions and recovery.


In conjunction with the student's major, the minor prepares students for entry to graduate school or professional school programs, as well as for technical or research careers with governmental agencies or industry. This minor is designed for students in non-life science majors, who desire to obtain an in-depth and well-rounded knowledge of biology, the science of life and living organisms.


The business minor provides students with the opportunity to develop and apply skills appropriate to the business contexts of their chosen majors.

Civic and Community Engagement

Through course work, research, and community field work, the minor cultivates student understanding of the connections between knowledge, scholarship, and the obligation to participate in and contribute to public issues in democratic society.

Communication Arts and Mass Media

The Communication Arts and Mass Media minor offers students the opportunity to balance a liberal arts foundation and orientation to communication with the media and production theory and skills necessary for supplementing career fields requiring effective oral, written and media production skills. This minor would complement majors in management, marketing, education, sales, training and development, government, human resources, and development.

Communication Arts and Sciences

This minor provides understanding and practice in the ways humans achieve their personal and career goals by means of communication.

Corporate Communication 

The minor in Corporate Communication (CC-UMNR) introduces students to strategic communication for organizations or brands, including for-profit business, non-profit organizations, and government entities. Corporate communicators are highly skilled professionals in the art of planning, problem solving, and persuading with a sharp understanding of their audience’s needs, tastes, and interests.

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice minor provides an overview of the criminal justice system and a thorough grounding in criminological theory. Students receive an in-depth look at the three main system components: policing, courts, and corrections, as well as the opportunity to delve into two or more specialized topics relating to criminal justice.

Project and Supply Chain Management

The Project and Supply Chain Management Minor is designed to introduce business students to advanced topics in supply chain and project management. The study of project and supply chain management emphasizes the integration of manufacturing and service operations, logistics, purchasing, and distribution—the functions that enable organizations to cultivate value-creating supply chain networks.


The psychology minor is designed to provide undergraduate students with a broad overview of topics and domains within psychology, knowledge and skills related to research methods in psychology, and deeper knowledge of research, theory, and application in one or two specific content domains.


The sociology minor allows students to explore the wide range of topics, social groups, and social interactions studied by sociologists.