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Connect with the older generation

Gain valuable experience working with the nation's fastest-growing age group

Minor in Gerontology

Offered by: Counseling and Development

You may be wondering, what is gerontology? Gerontology is the study of aging and its psychological, biological, and social dimensions. The Gerontology Program at SRU is a unique, multidisciplinary minor that draws on the expertise of faculty across campus. This minor provides you with theoretical and practical experiences to address the challenges and opportunities posed by an aging population.

Why Choose Gerontology?

An ideal companion for majors where you will interact with an aging population, SRU's Gerontology minor offers you an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and experience working with our nation's fastest-growing age group. You'll become competent working with older adults through supervised internships and service-learning opportunities in the community.

What Will You Learn?

As a Gerontology minor, you'll acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to interact effectively with an aging population. You'll learn how to:

  • Distinguish the natural aging process from a pathological process
  • Interpret and analyze information, solve problems, and gain insights into gerontological issues
  • Administer and interpret gerontological assessments to enhance functional ability
  • Gain intergenerational experiences to support your area of study

Careers In Gerontology

SRU's minor in Gerontology gives you the background needed to work in settings such as:

  • Acute and long-term psychiatric facilities
  • Businesses
  • Civic organizations
  • Geriatric units
  • Hospices
  • Hospitals
  • Human service agencies
  • Long-term care environments
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Retirement villages

Clubs & Organizations

  • Association of Gerontology in Higher Education
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • National Council on Aging