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A minor in Gerontology provides students with knowledge of the aging process, and how these changes affect individuals psychologically, physiologically and socially.  By 2050 it is estimated that one in five people will be over the age of 65, meaning there will be an increase in demand for individuals with an understanding of the aging process.  This minor allows students to acquire knowledge in Gerontology and aging, which will enhance their ability to work with the aging population.

A minor in Gerontology is a great compliment to students majoring in:

  • Audiology

  • Nursing

  • Nutrition

  • Sociology

  • Speech Pathology

  • Other majors who plan to work with older adults.

This minor requires 24-26 credit hours, and a GPA of 2.25 or higher in minor coursework.

Core coursework includes:

GERO 14029 Introduction to Gerontology (3)                                                   

GERO 30656 Psychology of Aging (3)

SOC 42979 Aging in Society (3)

Students will select twelve to fourteen hours from the following courses:

Developing Environments for Older Adults (3)

BSCI 40020 Biology of Aging (3)

CULT 42150 Educational Dimensions of Leisure, Retirement and Aging  (3)

44031 Social Policy and Communication Research for Older Adults (3)

44032 Long Term Care Administration (3)

HDFS 44035 Assessment and Strategies (3)

44036 General Case Management Strategy (3)

NURT 43521 Food Choices for Prescribed Dietary Modification (3)

PHIL 40005 Healthcare Ethics (3)

RPTM 36010 Recreation, Leisure, and Aging (3)

SOC 42010 Death and Dying (3)

SOC 42563 Sociology of Health and Healthcare (3)

SP&A 44130 Communication Disorders of the Aging (3)

Please contact Dr. Kelly Cichy at for more information on the minor in Gerontology.

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