Undergraduate Minor in Gerontology

This is an on-campus degree.

Employment opportunities

Types of employment undergraduates could secure include providing services directly to older adults in:

  • Community-based agencies such as senior centers, nutrition sites, and adult day care programs
  • Residential institutions such as public housing, retirement communities, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and hospitals
  • Educational settings such as community colleges and the extensions service
  • Business settings such as public relations, marketing departments, and consumer relations
  • Government agencies at local, regional, state, and federal levels

Minor requirements

The undergraduate gerontology minor includes at least 16 credits of which nine are selected from the core courses:

  • 9 credits of core courses
  • 3 credits of supportive gerontology related courses or an additional core course
  • 1 credit of pre-practicum seminar
  • 3 credits of practicum
  • 16 credits total

Nine credits of the courses in the minor must not be used to meet any other college or university requirement except the credit requirement for graduation.

Pre-practicum: Students participate in a pre-practicum seminar prior to a field placement (Geron/U ST 466, 1 credit).

Practicum: Students complete a supervised field practicum in Gerontology after all gerontology coursework is completed (Geron/U ST 467, 3-6 credits).

Course list

Regularly offered on-campus and online courses include:

GERON 373 — Death as a Part of Living

GERON 377 — Aging and the Family (Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement)

GERON 378  Retirement Contexts and Planning

GERON 463  Environments for the Aging (Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement)

GERON 466  Gerontology Prepracticum Seminar

GERON 467  Gerontology Practicum

GERON 490  Independent Study