Add a Minor with Liberty University
Picking a minor can be just as important as picking a major. Minors can enhance your degree in a variety of ways. Here are some of the things that a minor could do for you:
- Allow you to explore a new topic in a higher education setting
- Expand on your major and increase your knowledge in that subject area
- Provide new content to make you a more marketable professional
While minors are not a requirement, they are an exciting option for undergraduate students. By choosing one of Liberty’s online minors, you can provide yourself with new knowledge, skills, and experiences. Not only can a minor add value to your education — it can also enrich your life.
Areas of Study Available for Liberty University Online Program Minors
For more information about specific options for Liberty University minors, please select one of the individual minor programs below.
- Homeland Security
- Information Security
- Information Systems
- International Studies
- Marriage and Family Studies**
- Military History
- Parenting and Child/Adolescent Development*
- Professional Writing
- Public Administration
- Strategic Intelligence
- Special Education
- Sports Outreach
- Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
*Offered in partnership with the Karen Kingsbury Center for Creative Writing.
**Offered in partnership with the James C. Dobson Center for Child Development, Marriage, and Family Studies.
Minor Program Format
- 15-18 credit hours
- 25% of minors must be completed through Liberty University unless otherwise specified***
- Only available to add to an online bachelor’s degree while currently enrolled
- More than one minor can be pursued but may add to overall program length
***Military students are required to complete at least 1 course in their minor at Liberty.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are minors in college education?
While your major consists of your primary bachelor’s degree courses of study, minors are secondary areas of study that can help you:
- Use general electives toward a specific goal
- Receive supplemental knowledge needed for a specific career
- Take classes to explore a personal interest
The minors at Liberty University provide an opportunity for you to personalize your degree to include additional areas of study without pursuing an entirely different bachelor’s degree. Customizing your degree with a minor can expand your experience, knowledge, and training beyond your current major.
If you are unsure exactly what to study with your general electives, minors can give you helpful guidance and a practical list of options. Make the most of your college investment with a minor!
Can you choose unrelated minors?
Minors do not have to be related to your online bachelor’s degree area of study. You can add minors in any area of study to your online degree. Diverse minors like business or writing are often considered beneficial for any career, but adding different areas of interest can help make you well-rounded in whatever field you choose.
Our mission is Training Champions for Christ, so it might not be a bad idea to take advantage of one of Liberty’s minors that includes Christian content. You could choose biblical studies, church ministry, evangelism, or other religions studies.
How many minors can you have in college?
Minors can only be added to bachelor’s degrees and may be used to fill in general electives in your degree plan. You can pursue up to 5 minors. Keep in mind that adding more than one minor may add to the overall length of your degree plan beyond the normal 120-credit-hour format. You can speak with an academic advisor about adding a minor once you begin your online bachelor’s degree.
Do you get a degree for a minor?
A minor is a valuable asset that can be added to any bachelor’s degree, but there are no online minor degrees. This means you are not able to pursue a minor on its own. Every minor must be paired with a bachelor’s program.
How many credits do you need for a minor?
When choosing a minor, you may be wondering how many additional credits will be added to your overall degree. Our minors range from 15 to 18 credits. That is about 1 semester of full-time attendance, depending on prerequisite requirements.
If you are considering adding multiple minors, keep in mind that this number will only increase as you add minors. For example, students pursuing 2 minors will be completing at least 30 credits toward their minors alone. This is in addition to the courses required in the bachelor’s program.
Can you get a minor with a master’s degree?
Many master’s students wonder if minors are available to them. However, a minor can only be added to a bachelor’s degree. Master’s programs have very specific courses that must be completed, and typically have little to no opportunity for electives. However, bachelor’s degrees are much more flexible and often have many available elective hours.