Dr. Deborah Altus, Coordinator
This minor is constructed around the premise that a broader understanding of Gerontology is critical to meet the needs of an aging society. The minor is also based on the premise that Gerontology is, by its nature, an interdisciplinary course of study requiring education in bio-psycho-social issues. Expanded career opportunities in gerontology are forecast in many areas, including healthcare, the helping professions, public policy and more. As a result, this minor is open to all undergraduate students across the university and includes courses from a variety of disciplines. This minor will prepare students to meet increasing workforce needs of an aging society and/or to pursue graduate study in Gerontology or related fields.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students minoring in Gerontology, upon graduation, will be able to:
- Describe biological, psychological, and social changes that occur as the result of aging.
- Describe societal changes that are associated with an aging population.
- Describe ways in which aging is intersected by race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, and other important social variables.
- Use evidence-based information, effective logic and accurate vocabulary to communicate about Gerontology.
To obtain the optional minor students will complete at least 18 credit hours of coursework. In addition to nine credit hours of required coursework, students must complete at least nine credit hours of elective courses. At least six hours must be upper division coursework. Some elective courses require completion of prerequisites. The list of electives may be modified as new courses with Gerontology content become available. The coordinator will provide advising, review requests for substitutions with a petition from the student, and will serve in the role of department chair to certify that a student has successfully met the requirements for this optional minor. Students wishing to obtain elective credit for a directed study or internship course must obtain prior approval from the coordinator.
|HS 378||Issues in Aging||3|
|PY 212||Psychology of Adulthood and Aging 1||3|
|BI 260||Biology of Aging (or pre-approved substitution if the course is not offered) 2||3|
Prerequisite: PY 100
Prerequisite: BI 100 Introduction to Biology - health emphasis section recommended
|AL 101||Foundations of Healthcare||3|
|AL 366||Legal & Regulatory Issues for the Health Care Professional||3|
|AL 420||Current Issues in Health Care||3|
|AN 312||Medical Anthropology 1||3|
|AR 291/391||Art Therapy||3|
|CN 306||Health Communication 2||3|
|CN 351||Interpersonal Communication 2||3|
|HS 131||Human Development||3|
|HS 301||Working with Trauma||3|
|HS 371||Mental Health and Aging||3|
|HS 372/NU 335||Death & Dying||3|
|HS 390||Special Topics (Strategies in Lifespan Resilience)||1-6|
|HS 390||Special Topics (Disability Studies)||1-6|
|HS 411||Family Issues||3|
|LG 220||Wills & Estate Administration 3||3|
|LG 320||Elder Law 3||3|
|KN 248||Wellness Concepts and Applications||3|
|NU 335||Special Topics/Nursing ( Interdisciplinary Community Health)||3|
|NU 335||Special Topics/Nursing (Palliative Care)||3|
|PO 305||Public Policy||3|
|PY 326||Health Psychology 4||3|
|SO 326||Aging and Society 5||3|
|SW 360||Geriatric Social Work Practice||3|
|An internship or practicum in a setting approved by the coordinator||0-3|
|A directed study course approved by the coordinator||0-3|
Prerequisite: AN 112
Prerequisite: CN 101
Prerequisite: LG 100 or LG 200 or consent
Prerequisite: PY 100
Prerequisite: SO 100
Prerequisite: SW 100, SW 250 or consent