Education Policy Studies, Minor

Program Code: EPS_UMNR

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
EDPSY 14Learning and Instruction Keystone/General Education Course3
EDTHP 115Education in American Society Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 12 credits of the following:12
Introduction to Distance Education
Strategies in Classroom Management
Leadership Studies in Popular Film
The Teacher and the Law
Introduction to Educational Leadership
Independent Studies
Introduction to Comparative Education
Sociology of Education
Education and Public Policy
Intelligence and Educational Policy
History of Education in the United States
Introduction to Philosophy of Education
Education, Schooling, and Values
Ethnic Minorities and Schools in the United States
Individual Studies

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


University Park

College of Education
Advising and Certification Center

228 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802

Career Paths

Penn State students with a minor in Education Policy Studies have successfully established careers in a wide variety of fields, especially when combined with a major that matches career goals. EPS minors often have concentrations in museum studies, women’s and gender studies, sports education, music and art education, sustainability, and human development and family studies. We welcome all majors and will help you find a combination of courses that match your career goals.


The Education Policy Studies minor helps prepare students to enter careers in educational organizations, government, public service, non-profits, philanthropy, advocacy, and research. Graduates have worked both domestically and internationally and pursued education- and policy-related paths.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

EPS students have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in Law, as well as Education Policy, Educational Leadership, Student Affairs, and Higher Education administration. Other related fields include economics, political science, sociology, and social work.


University Park

300 Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802