The objective in instituting a minor field of study at the University of Georgia is to encourage and officially acknowledge the attainment by students of a fair measure of expertise and knowledge in more than one academic field. SPIA offers three minors: Political SciencePublic Policy and Management, and International Affairs. SPIA, in collaboration with Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, offers a fourth minor in Criminal Justice Studies.

Courses for a minor may simultaneously apply to Area VI of the general education requirements, across multiple minors or also in a major.