Gerontology Minor

Through the Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology students will explore issues and topics related to aging in today’s society. Students will benefit from a broad knowledge base drawn from a selection of courses from departments across the university including the social and natural sciences and humanities. Gerontology incorporates an understanding of psychological, social, and biological changes across the lifespan and their effect on policy and the economy. The Gerontology minor will prepare students interested in working directly with older adults and their caregivers through their major field of study (e.g. nursing, occupational therapy) as well as those interested in policy, community services, human services, and business.

Students must take the 4 required courses and 2 electives. At least 1 course must be at 300-level or higher. 

Introductory Course
IS-160Introduction to Gerontology3
Development of Aging Course
BI-266Biology of Aging3
or PS-322 Psychology of Aging
Health Policy Course
Take one of these courses:3
Health Politics and Policy
Health Policy
Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System
Experiential Learning Course
Take one from these courses:3
Practicum in Urban Studies-Introductory
Practicum in Urban Studies-Intermediate
Oral History for Urban Areas
Internship: Urban Studies
Internship in Psychology
Field Work
Take two courses from these courses:6
Practicum in Urban Studies-Introductory
Practicum in Urban Studies-Intermediate
Child Advocacy
Introduction to Social Work
Interviewing and Counseling Techniques
Oral History for Urban Areas
Advanced Social Work
Urban Youth in American Society
Total Credits18

***A single semester of UR 142/242, UR 315, & PS 400/SO 410/UR 450 can only be used to fulfill either the experiential learning requirement or an elective. Students can opt to take UR 142/242 or PS 400/SO 410/UR 450 more than once to fulfil more than 1 requirement.