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The Best Penn State Minors You Never Knew Existed

If you’re searching for a minor to add to your regular studies, Penn State offers more than 200 of ’em. While you could opt for a more practical minor that complements your major, wouldn’t it be cooler if you chose something unexpected like music technology or poultry and avian studies?

To fully appreciate the wide variety at our fingertips, we dove in and found some of the most interesting minors you (probably) never knew about.


If you’re passionate about climate change, the climatology minor might suit you. This College of Earth and Mineral Sciences minor pulls from fields of geography, geosciences, and meteorology to provide students with an overview of the physical processes of, you guessed it, the current climate. It also highlights the history of climate change and humanity’s effect on it.

Equine Science

Equine science, quite simply, is the study of horses. Students who pursue this minor will learn about basic horse care and management as well as the business side of equine science, including farm management, marketing, and public relations.

Jazz Performance

Ya like jazz? A minor in jazz performance just might be the perfect fit for fans of jazz music. While this program requires non-music majors to audition to get in, students will learn about the history of jazz and perform in jazz ensembles.

Medieval Studies

Art thou passionate about medieval times? Why not minor in medieval studies? Students in this minor will learn about all aspects of medieval history, art, language and literature, and philosophy.

Pennsylvania Studies

Who wouldn’t want to learn about the history, culture, politics about this great state Commonwealth? On top of that, students minoring in Pennsylvania studies can also earn credit through an internship through the College of the Liberal Arts. (Editor’s note: We’re genuinely curious to know if there are students who actually minor in this!).

Six Sigma

Some people might be thinking — What the hell is Six Sigma? As an English major, I, too, was thinking the same. Apparently, Six Sigma is a method that helps companies develop and deliver near-perfect products and services. Students who willingly take this minor in this will learn how to apply this process to production tactics.

Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages

This minor prepares students to teach English as a second language in either the United States or abroad. Students will learn cultural and linguistical skills to teach adult learners as tutors or entry-level teachers. All students of any major are welcome to minor in this.

Did we miss any other interesting minors? Let us know in the comments.

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Mackenzie Cullen

Sadly, Mackenzie graduated from Penn State in 2022. She majored in English and served as one of Onward State's associate editors. You can keep up with her life and send compliments to @MackenzieC__ on Twitter.

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