Restrict Results

The interdisciplinary minor in gerontology provides an opportunity for students to focus academic work on the older population. It requires the completion of 18 credits, 12 of them above the 300 level. To be admitted to the program, students submit a Declaration of Minor form to their faculty advisor, the gerontology minor coordinator, and their home college dean’s office.

Required core courses (3 credits each)
CFS 363 Introduction to Gerontology OR
SWK 357 Process of Aging

Plus one of the following core courses (3 credits each)
SOC/WGS 364 Aging and Society OR
PSY 337 Psychology of Adult Life: Maturity and Old Age

Choice of two additional courses from the following age-related course electives (at least 6 credits)
NSD 342 Nutrition in the Life Span
ECN 410 Health Economics
HTW 221 Health Promotion Across the Life Span
PPE 514 Exercise and Aging
PSY 437 Cognition and Aging
REL 551/PHI 550 Ethics and Health Professions
SOC 355/WGS 355 Sociology of Health and Illness
SOC 421 Population Issues

Choice of two additional courses from the following age-related course electives (at least 6 credits)

ANT/WGS 363 Anthropology of Family Life
CFS 201 Family Development
CFS 487 Critical Incidents in Family Development
HTW 307 Culturally Competent Health Care
HTW 309 Health Problems of Vulnerable Populations
HTW 311 Health Literacy
HTW 403 Community-based Health Policy & Research
NSD 225 Nutrition in Health
PSY 382 Health Psychology
SOC/WGS 281 Sociology of Families

Note: Students who wish to substitute other courses with comparable gerontological content as alternatives for the required courses may do so by submitting a petition to the coordinator of the gerontology minor, Bette Brown Thoreck. Also, students may petition to substitute experience credit in the student’s program of study, e.g. CFS 470. To ensure adequate gerontological content, the experience credit petition must be reviewed by the coordinator of the gerontology minor.