Gerontology Undergraduate Minor
The 15 credit hour Gerontology minor is designed for undergraduates with any major who are interested in a career in aging or personally interested in the topic. This minor should be of special interest to undergraduates planning to pursue careers in the allied health fields, with businesses or non-profits providing services or products to older adults and their families, or after attending graduate school as researchers in their respective fields.
Students will learn to locate information relevant to the aging experience and communicate it effectively to others, describe the variety of aging experiences, analyze current opportunities and constraints on how people age, and interpret data and apply theories of aging to gain perspective on their own futures as older adults and to identify areas for change.
Working with the Gerontology Undergraduate Coordinator and their major advisors, students will have an opportunity to complete a program of study customized to help them meet their own personal or career goals. The minor consists of five 3 credit courses, one of which is required and all of which must be outside the student’s major.
- Minimum of 15 credit hours
|Envisioning Your Old Age|
Select 12 credits from the following: *
|Biology of Aging|
|Communication and Aging|
|Introduction to Adult Language Disorders|
|Recreation Services with Underrepresented Groups|
|Seminar: Critical Issues of Aging|
|Human Development Across the Life Span|
|Families in Middle and Later Years|
|Exercise and Older Adults|
|Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle|
|Psychology of Aging|
|Social Services for the Aging|
Chosen from the courses listed or other courses with a focus on aging under advisement from the Gerontology Undergraduate Coordinator.
Note: Some of these courses require prerequisites or permission of the instructor, but it is possible to complete the minor without taking any of those courses.