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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2014-2015

Special University Programs

Gerontology (GERO)

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The gerontology interdisciplinary minor provides students with the opportunity to examine and evaluate the aging process as it affects the individual and society within the United States. Through a multidisciplinary course selection, students develop an understanding of aging from a variety of perspectives.  Students are encouraged to analyze the historical and philosophical foundation from which policies, programs, and professional activities affecting the aged are developed, implemented, and evaluated.  The purpose of this minor is to prepare students as they enter their career fields on the effects that the growing elderly population will have in every component of modern life.

Students wishing to minor in gerontology are required to take a minimum of 20 credits (five courses) from an approved list; two of which must be GERO 500, I'm Old, So What! An Introduction to Gerontology, and KIN 607, The Biology of Aging.

GERO 795, Independent Study, is not a required course but is used by students and faculty as an option for creating an individual experience. GERO 795 must have a faculty person approve and oversee the student’s work. Additionally, the gerontology interdisciplinary coordinator must also approve of the area of study and retain a copy of the study’s proposal. 

Other courses available to students are courses within the various University colleges containing a 75 percent focus on aging in the United States and approved by the gerontology interdisciplinary coordinator.

Students who wish to discuss or find out more about the minor may make an appointment with the gerontology coordinator, in the Department of Social Work within the College of Health and Human Services.

GERO 500, Introduction to Gerontology
KIN 607, Biology of Aging

Some of the accepted courses are:
NURS 535, Death and Dying
OT 501, Developmental Tasks of Adulthood
PSYC 582, Adult Development and Aging
PSYC 741, Cognitive Aging
SW 525, Introduction to Social Welfare Policy
SW 701, Women and Aging

An updated list of approved courses may be picked up in the gerontology coordinator's office in Pettee Hall.

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