Gerontology Minor

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences

Minor may be taken in support of several degrees

For information contact Margaret Ann Rapp, PhD.

Gerontology is the study of aging, a normal process in the human lifespan. The rapid development and expansion of programs and services for elderly persons in America, and the anticipated increase in the number of persons living to old age, have escalated the demand for professionals trained to work in the field of aging.

The gerontology program prepares students for positions in agencies and institutions that administer health and community-based services for the aged. Career opportunities exist in nursing homes, hospitals, senior citizen centers, area agencies on aging, nutrition programs, rehabilitation centers, social welfare agencies, and other organizations. The program also enhances the knowledge and skills of individuals currently involved in the provision of such services.

A minimum of 15 credits is necessary to complete requirements for a gerontology minor.

Sequence of Required Courses

Total Credits 15

GER 241

Introduction to Social Gerontology

3

GER 375

Aging Policies and Programs

3

Select three courses from the following:

GER 277

Adult Development and Aging

3

GER 341

Substance Abuse and the Aged

3

GER 358

Counseling the Older Adult

3

GER 365

Alzheimers Disease

3

GER 370

Remotivation Therapy

3

GER 392

Seminar

3

GER 410

Adult Protective Services

3

GER 470

Practicum

3

GER 413

Gerontology Co-op Education

3

GER 480

Independent Study

3