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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Undergraduate Minor in Aging Studies

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The gerontology minor provides a knowledge base in human aging to complement and support majors in fields where professional responsibilities may include working with or on behalf of older adults. This knowledge base is applicable across a wide range of occupations and professions, serves as preparation for graduate work in gerontology, and is directly relevant to personal living and aging.

Students minoring in gerontology are eligible for the [PDF] Rose M. Hull Scholarship (27 KiB). The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and encourage distinguished study in the field of gerontology and to provide financial assistance to gerontology students preparing for a career in the service of older adults. One $1600 scholarship for the academic year will be awarded for one undergraduate or graduate student who is presently working with elders OR who wish to take courses relating to gerontology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Scholarship applicants must be planning to pursue a career relating to the care of elders.

Descriptions of courses listed below are available on the Undergraduate Catalog page.

Requirements (Minimum of 21 credits for the Minor):

Interdisciplinary Core (Choose 3 credits)

GERO 200 Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3)

Health Core (Choose 3 credits)

HLTH 455 Health and Aging (3) OR

BIOL 417 Biology of Aging and Chronic Diseases (3)

Social & Behavioral Core (choose 6 credits)

PSYC 466 Psychology of Aging (3)

SOC 404 Sociology of Aging (3)

SOWK 419 Social Work and Aging (3)

Internship Core (choose 3 credits)

GERO 497 Internship (1-6)

GERO 498 Practicum: Nursing Home Administration (1-6)

Electives (choose 6 credits) (May not take both SOC 405 and HLTH 441.)

ANTH 436 Anthropology of Aging (3)

GERO 480 Nursing Home Administration (3)

GERO 485 Topics in Gerontology (1-3)

GERO 499 Individual Study in Gerontology (1-4)

FCS 474 Residential Mgmt. for Families and Special Needs People (4)

RPLS 482 Leisure and Older Adults (3)

SOC 405 Sociology of Death (3) OR

HLTH 441 Death Education (3)

Register for the Minor:

Students planning a gerontology minor are required to register their intent with the program director at the beginning of their program.

Other Opportunities for Undergraduates:

For program information contact:

Donald Ebel
 113 Armstrong Hall
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-5188