Gerontology Minor

The Gerontology Minor is intended for students who want to gain an in-depth understanding of the aging process and individual development across the life course. As the aged population grows, the need for credentialed staff members to work with older adults in a variety of professional and occupational roles is increasing.

Enrollment is open to all baccalaureate students. For details, contact Dr. BC Ben Park, 610-892-1452, [email protected]

Eighteen (18) credits are required for the minor, including at least 6 credits at the 400 level. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Prescribed Course for the minor: Credits
HDFS 249N: Adult Development and Aging (3)
Additional Courses:  
BIOL 155: Biology of Aging
    Or, SOC 35: Sociology of Aging
SOC 435/HDFS 434: Perspectives on Aging
    Or, HDFS 445/PSYCH 416: Development Throughout Adulthood
Supporting Courses:  
HPA 101: Introduction to Health Services Organization (3)
HDFS 413: Developmental Problems in Adulthood (3)
HDFS 448/NURS 464: Dying, Death & Bereavement (3)

Students may also enroll in special topics courses on aging (297 and/or 497) and/or, with faculty approval, enroll for independent studies that focus on issues of aging.

Learn more about the minor in Gerontology in the University Bulletin, including a range of other supporting courses.
University Bulletin