The interdisciplinary minor in Gerontology is designed to help undergraduate students cultivate an understanding of the many facets of the aging process, including the biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of adult development and aging.
As the global population of older adults increases, this minor program of study helps prepare students to work with both geriatric clients, family members, caregivers, and community stakeholders across multiple disciplines. Being cognizant that gerontology applies to a wide scope of disciplines, a broad selection of electives is offered including courses from communication, social work, nursing, psychology, health and human performance, economics, political science and sociology. Most, if not all, of the courses can be completed online.
The curriculum covers the Gerontology Competencies of Undergraduate and Graduate Education published in 2014 by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). Forty-five service learning (clinical) hours in the community are required in the final practicum course.
Because concepts related to aging and the care of older adults apply to many major programs of study, this minor would be useful for a variety of majors with or without a health care focus.
For questions, email [email protected]. For more information about this growing population, visit Gerontology at UTC.