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Minors + Certificates

Adding a minor or certificate to your undergraduate degree can strengthen your preparation for the global workforce, integrate a special interest into your education or showcase a unique talent.

SPEA Minors

Minors, which are 15 credit hours, must be combined with a bachelor's degree. They are awarded upon graduation and are listed as notations on student transcripts.

Minor Application

Civic Leadership minor planning sheet

  • Ideal for students interested in leadership roles within a nonprofit or government organization
  • A great option for political science and sociology majors

Criminal Justice minor planning sheet

  • A detailed examination of the American criminal justice system
  • Great for students in social work, education, business, sociology, psychology and political science

Criminal Justice Accounting

  • Students enrolled in a Kelley School of Business baccalaureate program pursuing the accounting major may pursue the minor in criminal justice accounting

Human Resources Management minor planning sheet

  • An option for students interested in an HR career, especially within a nonprofit agency or government

Management minor planning sheet

  • For students interested in management positions, especially within a nonprofit or government organization

Policy Studies minor planning sheet

  • Ideal for students interested in law school or lobbying

Public Safety Management minor planning sheet

  • How agencies respond to natural and terrorist threats
  • Excellent for anyone who wants to work in emergency services, agencies like the Red Cross or in the field of medicine

Public and Nonprofit Financial Management minor planning sheet

  • An overview of financial management, fundraising and government operations
  • Ideal for students interested in finance, especially within a nonprofit or government organization

SPEA Certificates

Certificates, which are 18 to 32 credit hours, must be combined with a bachelor's minor. A printed certificate resembling a diploma is awarded upon graduation.

Certificate Application

Nonprofit Management minor planning sheet

  • How to work with and in nonprofit organizations, including general business and management skills (15 credit hours)

Public Affairs minor planning sheet


Public Management minor planning sheet