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Minor in Gerontology (available Summer 2020)

Aging is a multidisciplinary field, combining information from a number of areas such as healthcare, architecture/interior design, the law, social work, communication, kinesiology, nutrition, family studies, business or financial planning, crisis management, community planning and more.  Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the field of gerontology, students in a wide variety of majors find that gerontology can be a valuable asset in supporting career goals and the major(s) chosen. With generations living longer than ever, the need for students with an expertise in gerontology is ever growing. Almost every field of study will include exposure to or direct work with older adults. For the first time in U.S. history, older adults are projected to outnumber children by 2034.Be prepared for this population change

The minor in Gerontology is a 15-credit-hour program of study which includes 6 credit hours of required courses and 9 credit hours of electives taken from a list of approved gerontology courses.  The courses for the minor can overlap with requirements for your primary major, serving as unrestricted or professional electives or K-State 8 requirements.

How can a minor benefit me?

  • By adding a Gerontology minor, students become marketable in a wide array of fields
  • Enhances employment opportunities by giving students an extra credential and a unique edge in the job market or graduate school applications
  • Adds to your body of knowledge
  • Emphasizes your work ethic, showing employers that you are willing to put in the extra effort required
  • Adds to your skill set for a shifting job market allowing more flexibility in your career path

How do I add a gerontology minor?

Contact the gerontology advisor in 253 Justin Hall, 785-532-5945 or gerontology@ksu.edu. The advisor will complete the necessary forms to declare the minor on your behalf.

Minor Requirements

Required courses (6 credit hours):

GERON 315 - Introduction to Gerontology Credits: 3
GERON 510 – Aging in America: Policy & Advocacy Credits: 3

Elective courses – (9 credit hours)

Health and Human Sciences

  • GERON   400 Biogerontology (3)
  • GERON   501 Culture Change in Long Term Care (1)
  • GERON   502 Measuring Change in Long Term Cr (1)
  • GERON   503 Creating Home in Long Term Care (1)
  • GERON   504 Strengthening Staff in Long Term C (1)
  • GERON   505 Dining in Long Term Care (1)
  • GERON   506 Activities in Long Term Care (1)
  • GERON   510 Aging in America: Policy & Advocacy
  • GERON   605 Practicum in Gerontology (1-3)
  • GERON   610 Seminar in Long-Term Care (3)
  • GERON   615 Long-Term Care Internship (9)
  • GERON   620 Problems in Gerontology (1-3)
  • GERON   705 Sexuality and Aging (3)
  • GERON   710 Creativity and Aging (3)
  • GERON   715 Aging Veterans (3)
  • GERON   720 Design for Aging in Mod. World (3)

Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design

  • ID  651 Design for Supportive Environments (3)

Human Development & Family Science

  • HDFS    510 Human Development and Aging (3) 
  • CNRES 530 Coping with Life Crises (3)
  • CNRES 537 Elder & Family Decision Making (3)
  • CNRES 539 Grief & Loss Across the Lifespan (3)
  • HDFS    654 Death and the Family (3)
  • PFP       764 Estate Planning for Families (3)

Foods, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health

  • FNDH  132 Basic Nutrition (3)
  • FNDH  352 Personal Wellness (3)
  • FNDH  400 Human Nutrition (3)
  • FNDH  510 Life Span Nutrition (2)
  • FNDH  720 Admin. Of Health Care Org. (3)

History

  •      HIST  520 Death and Dying in History (3)
  •      HIST  534 Social History of Medicine (3)

Kinesiology

  • KIN   335 Physiology of Exercise (4)

Music, Theatre, and Dance

  • THTRE  664 Creative Drama (3)
  • THTRE  665 Drama Ther./Spec. Populations (3)
  • THTRE  675 Drama Therapy/ Older Adults (3)

Philosophy

  • PHILO  365 Medical Ethics (3)

Psychological Sciences

  • PSYCH  518 Introduction to Health Psych (3)
  • PSYCH  520 Life-Span Personality Dev. (3)
  • PSYCH  715 Psychology of Aging (3)

Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work

  • SOCIO   535 Population Dynamics (3)
  • SOCIO   544 Social Gerontology (3)
  • SOCWK 320 Dynamics of Working with OlderAdults (3)

Kinesiology

  • KIN   335 Physiology of Exercise (4)

Music, Theatre, and Dance

  • THTRE  664 Creative Drama (3)
  • THTRE  665 Drama Ther./Spec. Populations (3)
  • THTRE  675 Drama Therapy/ Older Adults (3)

Philosophy

  • PHILO  365 Medical Ethics (3)

Psychological Sciences

  • PSYCH  518 Introduction to Health Psych (3)
  • PSYCH  520 Life-Span Personality Dev. (3)
  • PSYCH  715 Psychology of Aging (3)

Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work

  • SOCIO   535 Population Dynamics (3)
  • SOCIO   544 Social Gerontology (3)
  • SOCWK 320 Dynamics of Working with Older Adults (3)

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