Minor in Gerontology

A minor is meant to complement both the student’s career goals and the major(s) they have chosen. By adding a Gerontology minor, students become marketable in a wide array of fields and open themselves up to a love of working with older adults and investigating the process of aging. A minor adds an extra credential to your resume, gives you a unique edge in the job market or graduate school applications and will provide additional employment opportunities.

The minor in Gerontology is a 15-credit-hour program of study which includes 6 hours of required courses and 9 hours of electives taken from a list of approved gerontology courses.

Required courses (6 credit hours):

GERON 215 – Introduction to Gerontology (3)
GERON 577 – Introduction to Policy & Advocacy in Gerontology (3)

Elective courses – (9 credit hours)

Students may choose from a list of almost 40 options, allowing students to customize learning based on their interests and anticipated career path. Gerontology courses must be used for at least three of the elective credit hours. Courses not on the electives list may be approved on a case-bycase basis by the gerontology advisor and/or the program director.

Students in many different fields choose to pair their primary major with a gerontology minor including:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health
  • Health Professions
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Hospitality Management
  • Interior Design
  • Kinesiology
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Theatre

List of elective course options (pdf)