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 course work in gerontology. A student majoring in criminal justice or sociology can minor in gerontology. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward a CJ or SO major. Courses for a CJ or SO major may not count toward the minor.

Course List
Possible courses include:
GT 200Biology of Aging (BMS 200)3
GT 205From College to Career (SO/CJ 205)1
GT 207Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (HSC 207)1-2
GT 234Adult Developmental Psychology (PS 234)3
GT 263Sociology of the Aged (SO 263)3
GT 270Program Planning and Administration (SO 270)3
GT 290Research Methods (SO 290)3
GT 302Women, Health and Aging (SO/WS 302)3
GT 305Death, Grief and Bereavement (SO 305)3
GT 310Elder Law (LE 310)3
GT 311Introduction to Social Work (SO 311)3
GT 315Case Management (SO 315)3
GT 318Therapeutic Recreation3
GT 325Counseling Older Clients (SO 325)3
GT 365Aging: Problems and Policies (SO 365)3
GT 382Studying Social Issues with Statistics (SO 382)3