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Our gerontology minor is a multidisciplinary field, meaning the courses are spread across several academic disciplines. The study of gerontology examines the correlates and consequences of human aging. There are many issues and areas of concern associated with aging and serving the older population, including economics, health care, employment, retirement, housing, politics, and family/intimate relationships.

As a multidisciplinary field, there are many different paths a minor in gerontology could lead—providing direct services to the elderly, designing, implementing, and evaluating programs for the elderly, assisting with financial planning, or administering agencies and organizations that serve needs of older individuals. There are many career opportunities within these areas, offering you more options and potential employment after graduation.

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Gerontology minor

24 credits required

The objectives for the gerontology minor are consistent with the multidisciplinary nature of the program.

  • Promoting an understanding of the mutlifacted nature of the human aging process
  • Generating awareness of both the rewards and challenges associated with aging
  • Providing a broad program of study that complements a number of major programs and prepares students for graduate study and/or careers in the field of aging

Sample courses

  • Psychology of adulthood and aging
  • Social gerontology
  • Death and bereavement
  • Communication changes and disorders of the older adult
  • Biology of humans
  • Ethics of health care
  • Sociology of family
  • Multidisciplinary perspectives on aging

For more details about course specifics, see the course catalog.

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