Program Contact: Catherine Richards Solomon   203-582-5264

The minor in gerontology familiarizes you with one of our society’s most important topics: 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 economic, occupational, physiological, psychological and social issues facing our country’s advanced-age population. You’ll also learn about the variety of programs, products, services and other resources available to older adults.

The study of gerontology complements a range of majors, such as criminal justice, finance, health sciences, law, marketing and nursing. Whether your future career will include directly working with seniors as medical patients, helping people plan for retirement, marketing goods and services to an older audience or helping seniors avoid financial scams and fraud, our electives will educate you about the unique issues that older Americans face. The gerontology minor will enhance your future career and will help you make a direct, positive impact on the lives of the elderly individuals and their families.

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 211Introduction to Social Work3
PS 234Adult Development & Aging3
GT 263Aging in Society3
GT 270Community Program Development3
GT 300Special Topics in Gerontology3
GT 305Sociology of Death and Dying3
GT 315Social Work Case Management3
GT 365Aging and Social Problems3
Students may choose one of the following Sociology courses toward the minor:3
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Race, Gender and Class: Social Inequalities
Sociology of Families
Population and Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Sociology of Gender