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Gerontology Minor

Are you curious about the fascinating world of aging and the profound impact it has on individuals and society? If so, consider embarking on a transformative journey by pursuing a minor in gerontology. Gerontology, the study of aging and the well-being of older adults, offers a unique opportunity to explore the multifaceted aspects of this dynamic stage of life. By delving into topics such as health and wellness, social and cultural perspectives, policy and advocacy, and the psychological and physiological processes of aging, you'll gain valuable insights and skills that can shape both your personal and professional life. Whether you aspire to make a difference in the lives of older adults, seek to understand the aging process more deeply, or desire to enhance your career prospects in a variety of fields, a minor in gerontology will empower you with knowledge and compassion to navigate the complexities of aging in our rapidly evolving society. Embark on this fulfilling path, and discover a world of wisdom, resilience, and endless possibilities that await within the realm of gerontology.

Minor Code - U146

A 2.0 GPA is required for admission to the Minor program. A grade of C- or better must be earned in all coursework applied to the Minor. Except for GERO 491, courses applied to the Minor cannot be taken as pass/fail.

Core Courses (7)

Course Title Credit Hours
GERO 212 or PSYC 345 Introduction to Gerontology ** / Adulthood and Aging 3
GERO 410 Rural Gerontology 3
GERO 491 Professional Field Experience (*one credit hour required) 1-18

Electives (9)

Course Title Credit Hours
GERO 412 Public Policy of Aging ** 3
GERO 418 Aging, Women and Culture ** 3
GERO 491 Professional Field Experience * 1-18
GERO 495 Independent Study 3
COMM 317 Communication and Aging 3
CSAD 440 Audiological Assessment 3
CSAD 442 Aural Rehabilitation 3
NSG 480 Core Concepts in Gerontological Nursing 3
PHIL 331 Health Care Ethics 3
SOC 312 Death and Dying ** 3
SOWK 404 Social Work Practice and End of Life Care 3

Total Hours (16)

*GERO 491 (1 credit hour) is a requirement for the Minor in Gerontology and GERO 212 or PSYC 345 must be taken prior to enrollment. Additional experience through GERO 491 (3 credit hours) may be taken as an elective for the Minor.

**The following courses are offered asynchronously online:

  • GERO 212
  • PSYC 345
  • GERO 412
  • GERO 418
  • SOC 312 (Check Schedule for online Summer and on campus Fall options)


For further information about the Undergraduate Minor in Gerontology, contact the Gerontology Program Coordinator, Mandy Weirich.

(304) 293-5132 Email Mandy

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