Gerontology (Minor)

Gerontology (Minor)

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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 with a focus on how people age physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. 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.


Department of Social Work
Pettee Hall, 55 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1799

Curriculum & Requirements

To complete a minor in gerontology students are required to take a minimum of 20 credits (five courses).

GERO 795 Independent Study, is not a required course but is used by students and faculty as an option for creating an individual experience relating to aging. A faculty member must approve and oversee (mentor) the student's work in GERO 795 Independent Study. Additionally, the GMM coordinator must also approve of the proposal and retain a copy. A copy of the proposal and the final copy will be kept in the student's major academic folder.

Students who wish to discuss or find out more about the minor may contact GERO Minor Coordinator, BoRin Kim, Social Work Department, Pettee Hall 317.

Required courses:8
EXSC 607
Biology of Aging
GERO 500
I'm Old, So What! An introduction to aging in the United States
Select 3 additional courses from the following:12
NURS 535
Death and Dying
OT 501
Developmental Tasks of Adulthood
PSYC #582
Adult Development and Aging
PSYC 741
Advanced Topics
SW 625
Social Welfare Policy in a Global Context
SW #701
Women and Aging
Total Credits20

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