Undergraduate Program Area

Minors and Undergraduate Certificates

Bachelor's degree students can pursue a minor in one of 14 subjects. Students can pursue only one minor. Courses that fulfill requirements for a major may not be used to fulfill minor requirements. At least half of the courses in a minor should be completed at Northwestern University.

Minors are offered in these subjects:

Anthropology Information Systems
Art History Journalism
Business Mathematics
Economics Organization Behavior
English Literature Political Science
English Writing Psychology
History Sociology


Bachelor's degree students may complete an undergraduate certificate during their time at SPS. Students should work closely with their academic adviser to plan their course of study. In a five-course certificate, students may only double count one course toward their major. All certificate course requirements must be completed at Northwestern University.


Undergraduate certificates are offered in these subjects:

Business Certificate

Undergraduate Minors

Anthropology (7 courses)

  • ANTHRO 211 Culture and Society or 215 The Study of Culture through Language
  • ANTHRO 213 Human Origins or 214 Culture Origins
  • ANTHRO 370 Anthropology in Historical Perspective
  • 4 300-level anthropology courses, including 3 that constitute a concentration in either cultural and linguistic anthropology or biological and archeological anthropology

Art History (8 courses)

  • 8 art history courses: no more than 2 courses at the 200 level and at least 2 of the remaining courses in a non-European area

Business (8 courses)

  • ECON 201 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECON 202 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • SOCIOL 110 Introduction to Sociology or PSYCH 110 Introduction to Psychology
  • ORG BEH 301 Organization Behavior
  • FINANCE 202 Principles of Finance
  • ACCOUNT 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • 2 200- or 300-level courses in accounting, advertising, business law, finance, marketing, or organization behavior

Economics (9 courses)

  • ECON 201 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECON 202 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 281 Introduction to Applied Econometrics
  • ECON 310-A Microeconomics I
  • ECON 310-B Microeconomics II or 311 Macroeconomics
  • 3 additional 300-level economics courses
  • MATH 220 Differential Calculus of One-Variable Functions or MATH 212 Single-Variable Calculus I

English: Minor in Literature (8 courses)

  • ENGLISH 210-A,B English Literary Traditions or 270-A,B American Literary Traditions
  • ENGLISH 298 Seminar in Reading and Interpretation or 206 Reading and Writing Poetry
  • ENGLISH 207 Reading and Writing Fiction
  • 4 300-level literature courses, including:
    2 in literature before 1798
    2 in literature after 1798 (1 of these courses may be a literature course in another department or a course in comparative literary studies)

English: Minor in Writing (7 courses)

  • 2 of the following:
    ENGLISH 206 Reading and Writing Poetry
    ENGLISH 207 Reading and Writing Fiction
    ENGLISH 208 Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGLISH 298 Introductory Seminar in Reading and Interpretation
  • 2 300-level writing courses
  • 2 300-level literature courses, including:
    1 in literature before 1798
    1 in literature after 1798

History (7 courses)

  • 4 courses concentrating on the history of the United States or Europe (including Britain), including at least 1 at the 300 level
  • 3 courses outside the above area of concentration, including at least 2 at the 300 level

Information Systems (10 courses)

  • CIS 212 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • CIS 313 Telecommunications and Computer Networks
  • CIS 314 Intermediate Object-Oriented Programming
  • CIS 317 Introduction to Databases
  • 4 additional 300-level information systems courses
  • MATH 202 Finite Mathematics
  • STAT 202 Introduction to Statistics

Journalism (6 courses)

  • JRN WRIT 201-A Journalistic Writing Practice I
  • JRN WRIT 201-B Journalistic Writing Practice II
  • JRN WRIT 301 Newswriting and Reporting (or approved substitution)
  • 3 additional 300-level journalism courses

Mathematics (8 courses)

  • MATH 220 Differential Calculus of One-Variable Functions
  • MATH 224 Integral Calculus of One-Variable Functions
  • MATH 230 Differential Calculus of Multiple Variable Functions
  • MATH 234 Multiple Integration and Vector Calculus
  • MATH 240 Linear Algebra or 250 Elementary Differential Equations
  • 3 300-level mathematics courses
  • Students who complete both MATH 240 and 250 need only take 2 300-level mathematics courses.

Organization Behavior (8 courses)

  • 3 of the following:
    COMM ST 205 Theories of Persuasion
    COMM ST 250 Team Leadership and Decision Making
    COMM ST 360 Theories of Organizational Communication
    ENGLISH 205 Writing Seminar: Business Communication
  • 3 of the following:
    ORG BEH 301 Organization Behavior
    ORG BEH 307 Leadership Principles and Practice
    ORG BEH 310 Organizational Change
    PSYCH 204 Social Psychology
    SOCIOL 302 Sociology of Organizations
  • 2 additional 300-level courses in organization behavior, or communication studies courses focused on organization behavior

Political Science (6 courses)

  • 2 of the following:
    POLI SCI 201 Introduction to Political Theory
    POLI SCI 220 American Government and Politics
    POLI SCI 221 Urban Politics
    POLI SCI 230 Introduction to Law in the Political Arena
    POLI SCI 240 Introduction to International Relations
    POLI SCI 250 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • 4 additional political science courses, including at least 3 at the 300 level

Psychology (7 courses)

  • PSYCH 110 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYCH 201 Statistical Methods in Psychology
  • PSYCH 205 Research Methods in Psychology
  • 4 additional psychology courses, including at least 1 personality, clinical or social psychology course; at least 2 must be at the 300 level

Sociology (6 or 7 courses)

Sociological research track:

  • SOCIOL 110 Introduction to Sociology (or 200-level sociology course)
  • SOCIOL 226 Sociological Analysis
  • SOCIOL 303 Analysis and Interpretation of Social Data (or POLI SCI 312 Statistical Research Methods)
  • SOCIOL 329 Field Research and Methods of Data Collection
  • 2 additional 300-level sociology courses

Sociological studies track:

  • SOCIOL 110 Introduction to Sociology (or a 200-level sociology course)
  • SOCIOL 226 Sociological Analysis
  • 5 300-level sociology courses

Undergraduate Certificate

Business Certificate
The Business certificate requires students to complete a total of five courses. Business certificate courses are appiled toward the total units required for the degree. See Degree Requirements

2 of the following courses
ACCOUNT 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting
ECON 201 Introduction to Macroeconomics*
FINANCE 202 Introduction to Finance

Plus 3 courses selected from the following:
MKTG 201 Introduction to Marketing
ORG BEH 301 Organization Behavior
ORG BEH 367 Strategic Planning and Management
ORG BEH 391 Special Topics: Global Leadership

 *NOTE: Students in the organization behavior major must take ECON 201, MKTG 201, ORG BEH 367 and ORG BEH 391 to earn the business certificate. Organization Behavior: Business Leadership students are not eligible for the business certificate, as they will earn a Business Leadership certificate as part of their program.