Minor in Gerontology
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.
2020 Catalog Minor Requirements: 18 hours
- Required Courses: 9 hours
- NURS 3500: The Physical Process of Aging
- PSY 2230: Psychology of Aging OR SOCW 4600: Social Work Practice with Aging Families
- INTS 4000: Service Learning with the Elderly
- Elective Courses: 9 hours (Choose Three)
- ANTH 3380 Sociocultural Studies of Aging
- COMM 1010 Introduction to Mass Communication
- ECON 4370 Health Care Economics
- ETR 1010 Etrepreneurship and Society
- HHP 3030 Community and Environmental Health
- HHP 4220 Principles of Health Behavior Change
- HHP 4520 Problems in Health: Aging and Death Education
- PHYT 3050 Ethics for Health Care Professionals
- PSPS 1030 Controversier in Public Policy
- PSY 3130 Cognitive Science
- SOCW 3120 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
- SOCW 3330 Diversity and CUltural Competence