Minor in Gerontology

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. 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 to earn an extra credential and improve your knowledge
  • 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 by email. The advisor will submit the necessary form to declare the minor on your behalf.

Minor Requirements

Required courses (6 credit hours):

GERON 315 - Introduction to Gerontology (3)
GERON 577 – Introduction to Policy & Advocacy in Gerontology (3)

Elective courses – (9 credit hours)

Minor requirements (pdf)

List of elective course options (pdf)