The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's gerontology minor or certificate is an excellent choice for those who are interested in improving the care and quality of life for older adults.
Through a robust, experiential curriculum, you'll examine the various psychological, social and health aspects associated with aging, including the process of aging, problems with aging, aging effects on society, needs of the aged and social services to the aged. Coursework focuses on a variety of perspectives, including those related to economics, healthcare, employment, retirement, housing, politics, family and intimate relationships. Nearly all classes taken to fulfill the program requirements are chosen by you, allowing you to study the topics that most interest you.
Graduates leave the program with an enhanced understanding of how to effectively work with older adults in various settings such as hospitals, senior centers or long-term care facilities, making them well-rounded and highly sought-after professionals. Possible career paths include 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 the needs of older individuals.
Personalized education. The majority of the gerontology program is made up of course electives, giving you the ability to personalize your education and study the topics that interest you. Explore classes in biology, communication sciences, economics, healthcare, nursing, philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology and social work.
In-demand skills. In an aging society, professionals — especially those entering the social work field — who have studied gerontology are in high demand. This knowledge and experience can help you stand out against other job applicants and put you ahead in your career, while also shaping you into a more compassionate and understanding professional.
Outstanding faculty. At UW-Eau Claire, our talented professors make it a priority to create an impactful learning environment where you come first. Small class sizes allow for the formation of meaningful, lasting connections with others who are just as passionate about understanding and helping others.
What classes do gerontology minors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Biology of humans
- Death and bereavement
- Health economics
- Navigating health care
- Social gerontology
- Human anatomy and physiology
- Multidisciplinary perspectives on aging
Learn more about the gerontology minor in the UWEC catalog.
Learn more about the gerontology certificate in the UWEC catalog.
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