Minor in Gerontology
Program Contact: Catherine Richards Solomon 203-582-5264
The Minor in Gerontology familiarizes you with one of our society’s most prevalent issues: the dramatic increase in its aging population. Interdisciplinary courses teach you about the many dimensions of the aging process, and help you to understand the range of social, psychological and physiological issues facing our country’s advanced-age population. You’ll gain the skills to interpret and perform statistical analysis and research, as well as learn about the variety of programs, products, services and other resources available to older adults.
The study of gerontology complements a range of majors, including law, sociology, psychology and public health. Whether your primary interest includes the direct care of seniors, or the legislature that protects them, a variety of electives enable you to focus on an area most related to your goals. The Gerontology minor opens the door to future volunteering opportunities, or to careers dedicated to making a direct, positive impact on the lives of the elderly and their families.
Gerontology Minor Curriculum
For the Gerontology minor, students should work with the program director to select 18 credits of coursework in gerontology. A student majoring in Criminal Justice or Sociology can minor in Gerontology. Courses taken for a minor may not count toward a CJ or SO major. Courses taken for a CJ or SO major may not count toward a minor.
|Select 18 credits from the following:|
|GT 234||Adult Developmental Psychology (PS 234)||3|
|GT 263||Sociology of Aging (SO 263)||3|
|GT 270||Community Program Development (SO 270)||3|
|GT 300||Special Topics in Gerontology||3|
|GT 305||Sociology of Death and Dying (SO 305)||3|
|GT 311||Introduction to Social Work (SO 311)||3|
|GT 315||Case Management (SO 315)||3|
|GT 325||Counseling Older Clients (SO 325)||3|
|GT 365||Aging and Social Policies (SO 365)||3|
|Students may choose one of the following Sociology courses toward the minor:||3|
|Sociology of Race and Ethnicity|
|Race, Class and Gender The Invisible Ladder: Social Inequalities|
|Sociology of Families (WS 255)|
|Power and Social Institutions|
|Population and Society|
|Sociology of Health and Illness|
|Sociology of Gender (WS 304)|