Helms School of Government – Bachelor’s Degree – Minors Empower Your Public Service Potential with a Government Minor

A minor is a way to supplement your degree with knowledge in a specialized area of either personal or professional interest. Your major will be the focus of your degree, but this secondary area of study can expand your career options by incorporating another field of study. Even if your major isn’t in government or criminal justice, you can add a minor from the Helms School of Government to widen your marketability for public service roles.

Just like in Liberty’s online bachelor’s degrees, you can take 100% of our minor courses online. This online format gives you the flexibility to stay connected with your family, your church, and your community while studying in the comfort of your home or office. With many bachelor’s degrees, adding a minor (or two) may not add any extra time to your degree completion, so a minor can be a great way to expand your options at no added cost!

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Your minor does not have to be related to your degree, but it does help to reduce the number of credits you might have to take to graduate. Some minors pair well with any degree, while others are better suited for a specific area of study.

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  • 15 -18 credit hours
  • 25% of minors must be completed through Liberty unless otherwise specified*
  • Only available to add to an online bachelor’s degree
  • You must be currently enrolled in your bachelor’s degree to declare a minor
  • More than one minor can be pursued but may add to the overall program length

*Military students are required to complete at least one course in their minor at Liberty.

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 as many minors as you want, but more than one minor will likely add to the overall length of your degree plan beyond the normal 120 credit hour length.

Speak with an academic advisor about adding a minor and how it will affect your degree completion time once you begin your online bachelor’s degree.


Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $565 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
  • Potential college credit for military training

*Not applicable to certificates.