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EPS Undergraduate Minor

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The undergraduate minor in Education Policy Studies is designed to introduce students to the fundamental tenets of education policy development and analysis in both the U.S. and other countries. Students pursuing the minor may choose from courses on educational policy in the areas of higher education, educational leadership, educational theory and policy, Native American education leadership, and comparative/international education. The minor consists of a multidisciplinary program of study in areas of education related to numerous policy issues including social sciences, history, management sciences, and/or humanities. It is anticipated that students completing the minor will find that these studies can enrich any major degree program and may have the potential to provide opportunities for employment and/or graduate studies in state departments of education, ministries of education, federal and international education agencies, academic institutions, and various professional associations. The Education Policy Studies department also offers an Undergraduate Major in Education and Public Policy; find out more here.

The minor is open to all interested undergraduate students. Schreyer Scholars who pursue this minor may also take 500-level courses where appropriate. There is an honors section available for Scholars to enroll in for EDPSY 014.

This 18-credit minor may be combined with any undergraduate major at Penn State. Only courses in which the student earns a "C" or better may be counted toward the fulfillment of the requirements. The student begins with EDTHP 115 (3) and EDPSY 014 (3) credits. During the junior and senior years, the student will enroll in 12 additional credits of the 400-level courses with the guidance of the EPS minor adviser. (Acceptable courses listed below.) The minor advisor will keep a list of 500-level courses that will be available to senior students in the minor who possess a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA.

Prerequisites: None
Requirements for the Minor: 18 credits
Prescribed Courses (6 credits) (Semester Standing 1-2 or 3-4):

  • EDTHP 115     EDPSY 14

Select 12 credits (Semester Standing 5-6 or 7-8):

  • CIED 401
  • EDLDR 409, EDLDR 476, EDLDR 480, EDLDR 496 (Independent Studies), or EDLDR 497 (Special Topics) 
  • EDTHP 401, EDTHP 416, EDTHP 420, EDTHP 427, EDTHP 430, EDTHP 435, EDTHP 440, EDTHP 441, EDTHP 447, EDTHP 496 (Independent Studies), or EDTHP 497 (Special Topics)

Curriculum information for the EPS minor is also available on the University Bulletin:

Application Procedure 

Students who have achieved fifth semester standing (60 credits completed) may declare an EPS minor on LionPATH through the "Update Academics" option in Student Center.

Contact Us
E-mail for general questions about EPP.


Mimi Schaub
Associate Professor of Education
Education Theory and Policy
302C Rackley Building
(814) 863-0854