Gerontology

Coordinator: S. Schrader

The minor in Gerontology is designed to support a major in many different fields of study. The minor takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of aging, the challenges and opportunities facing aging societies, and to the institutions providing services to elders. Graduates will be direct service providers to elders and organizations that serve them, and may be employed in an array of public and private systems that respond to the health care, social service, economic, and educational needs of older persons in the twenty-first century.

Gerontology Minor:

18 credit hours:
GERO 120 — Aging and Society (3 cr)
GERO 220 — Social Gerontology (3 cr)
GERO 395 — Internship in Gerontology I (3 cr)

Nine credit hours from the following electives:
GERO — Gerontology Electives
CMDS 170 — Introduction to Communication Disorders (2 cr)
NURS 324 — Health Pattern Recognition/Nutrition (3 cr)
NURS 354 — Public Health Science (2 cr)
NURS 441 — Adult Health Nursing II (4 cr)
PSYC 210 — Life-span Human Development (3 cr)
PSYC 335 — Human Relations (3 cr)
PHIL/RELI 305 — Bioethics (3 cr)
PHIL/RELI 310 — Death, Dying, and Beyond (3 cr)
SOCI 230 — Medical Sociology (3 cr)

Gerontology Courses:

GERO 120 — Aging and Society (Area 1.2) (3 credits)
Introduction to the study of aging (gerontology) within a multidisciplinary perspective. The significance of individual aging, the interaction among age cohorts, and the effects of aging on social institutions will be examined in the national and global context. Readings, lectures, and experiential learning will be utilized. Offered Fall Semester, Odd Years.

GERO 220 — Social Gerontology (3 credits)
In addition to a thorough examination of theoretical perspectives on aging, the course will also address other social dimensions of the aging experience. Special emphasis will be devoted to social roles and life events while exploring the interrelatedness of aging and social institutions. Cross-Listed with SOCI 220; Offered Fall Semester, Even Years.

GERO 289 — Medical Terminology (1 credit)
Study of the common abbreviations, combining forms and prefixes of the terminology of health care. Also uses case studies to demonstrate the usefulness of understanding medical terminology in applied studies. Offered Every Spring Semester.

GERO 395 — Internship in Gerontology I (3 credits)
Supervised field experience specifically chosen to meet student interests, and to develop competency in applied gerontology. Students will be challenged to see how concepts and theories learned in the classroom are applied in practice. Upon consultation, may be combined with internship experience in the student’s major. Offered Every Semester.

GERO 396 — Internship in Gerontology II (2-4 credits)
Similar to the Internship in Gerontology I, this field experience provides additional opportunity for a student to garner new insights into gerontology and the aging network that serves older adults and society. However, it is optional and credit hours may vary depending on student needs. Offered Every Semester.

GERO 197, 297, 397 — Topics in Gerontology (1-4 credits)

GERO 199, 299, 399 — Independent Study in Gerontology (2-4 credits)