Undergraduate students in any major in the College of Arts and Sciences may seek an interdisciplinary minor in gerontology designed to increase awareness of issues of our aging population. The minor will augment a variety of career paths, including service provision, administration, psychology, the health professions, and education or research.  Students should contact the Program Director to discuss the required 18-credit plan of study. The minor may also be integrated with the Bachelor of Health Sciences or the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Students will be able to describe what is known about biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors involved in adult development and aging processes.
  • Students will be able to describe physical, cognitive, and social role changes associated with aging and major theories associated with each.
  • Students will be able to explain and analyze variations in aging due to such factors as gender, social class, race/ethnicity, LGBT status, and mental health status.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of attitudes and stereotypes regarding aging, their sources, and potential for change (both in themselves and others).
  • Students will be able to apply knowledge from their aging courses to a practice setting.

Program Requirements

Sociology Core
SOCIOL 410RAging In Contemporary Society3
Psychology Core
PSYCH 441Adult Development and Aging3
Health/Biology Core
A&S 415The Aging Body: Causes and Consequences3
Field Practicum
A&S 492Field Practicum In Aging 13
Elective Courses
Electives 26
Total Credits18