Minor Overview

The gerontology minor familiarizes you with one of our society’s most prevalent issues: the dramatic increase in its aging population. Interdisciplinary courses teach you about the many dimensions of the aging process, and help you to understand the range of social, psychological and physiological issues facing our country’s advanced-age population. You’ll gain the skills to interpret and perform statistical analysis and research, as well as learn about the variety of programs, products, services and other resources available to older adults.

The study of gerontology complements a range of majors, including law, sociology, psychology and public health. Whether your primary interest includes the direct care of seniors, or the legislature that protects them, a variety of electives enable you to focus on an area most related to your goals. The gerontology minor opens the door to future volunteering opportunities, or to careers dedicated to making a direct, positive impact on the lives of the elderly and their families.

Curriculum and Requirements

Gerontology Minor Curriculum

For the Gerontology minor, students should work with the program director to select 18 credits of coursework in gerontology. A student majoring in Criminal Justice or Sociology can minor in Gerontology. Courses taken for a minor may not count toward a CJ or SO major. Courses taken for a CJ or SO major may not count toward a minor.

Select 18 credits from the following:
GT 200Biology of Aging (BMS 200)3
GT 234Adult Developmental Psychology (PS 234)3
GT 263Sociology of Aging (SO 263)3
GT 270Program Planning and Administration (SO 270)3
GT 300Special Topics in Gerontology3
GT 305Death, Grief and Bereavement (SO 305)3
GT 311Introduction to Social Work (SO 311)3
GT 315Case Management (SO 315)3
GT 325Counseling Older Clients (SO 325)3
GT 365Aging: Problems and Policies (SO 365)3
Students may choose one of the following Sociology courses toward the minor:3
SO 241
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
SO 244
Social Stratification
SO 255
Sociology of Families (WS 255)
SO 264
Social Welfare Institutions
SO 266
Population and Society
SO 280
Illness and Disability
SO 304
Sociology of Gender (WS 304)

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