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Rural Sociology Minor

Penn State graduate students have the opportunity to add Rural Sociology as a graduate minor.
  • MS students need 6 credits of 500-level (or higher) courses in Rural Sociology. This request must be made at least one semester prior to the semester in which the student intends to graduate.
  • PhD students need 15 credits of 500-level (or higher) courses in Rural Sociology. This request must be made prior to establishing the doctoral committee and prior to scheduling the comprehensive examination.

Students who use Rural Sociology courses to satisfy requirements for dual-title programs may not count those courses toward the minor.

To request approval for a graduate minor in Rural Sociology, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Kathryn Brasier (, 814-865-7321).

For additional information about graduate program minors, please see the Graduate School guidelines.