The School of Public Policy is home to several academic minors. The minor in Sustainability Studies is currently the largest minor on campus and cosponsored with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Sustainability is defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This minor complements any major on campus and provides both intellectual breadth and depth in a challenging new area of inquiry that is gaining a high level of interest in businesses, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

The Minor in Public Leadership allows students from across campus to examine pressing issues (the global environment, democratization and human rights, crime and the penal system, diversity and affirmative action, poverty and inequality, and the quality of public education) facing leaders today. The Public Leadership minor directs students to think critically about the viable solutions needed to solve problems that require effective leadership for the public good. This minor engages students in learning about leadership for the public good and effective citizenship.