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College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences

405 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2294

A Gerontology minor provides students with knowledge of the aging process and prepares students for professional positions in the diverse field of aging. Current predictions indicate that a "baby boomer" will turn 60 every seven seconds for the next 18 years. By 2050 it is estimated that one in five people will be over the age of 65, meaning there will be an increase in demand for individuals with an understanding of the aging process. As a result, pairing this minor with such majors as Psychology, Sociology, Business, English, Nursing, Education, Interior Design, Political Science, Speech Pathology, Audiology, and Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management, among others, will prove to be beneficial for future employment.

After declaring the Gerontology minor, students are required to meet with HDFS program coordinator to discuss course selection and procedures for completing the minor.

Graduation Requirements: minimum 2.250 GPA in the minor required for graduation.

Attribute Legend: DD Diversity-Domestic; DG Diversity-Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Attribute Course Title Credits
KSS/DD GERO 14029 Introduction to Gerontology 3
  GERO 40656 Psychology of Aging 1 3
DD SOC 42879 Aging in Society 2 3
  Choose from the following: 12
  ARCH 45640 Developing Environments for Older Adults (1-3)  
  BSCI 40020 Biology of Aging (3) 3  
  GERO 44031 Social Policy and Community Resources for Older Adults (3)  
  GERO 44032 Long Term Care Administration (3)  
  HDFS 44035 Assessment and Strategies in Case Management (3)  
  HDFS 44036 General Case Management Methods (3)  
  HED 46070 Health Related Aspects of Aging (3)  
Science of Human Nutrition (3)    or
Nutrition (3)
  NUTR 43521 Food Choices for Prescribed Dietary Modifications (2)  
  PHIL 40005 Health Care Ethics (3)  
  RPTM 36010 Recreation, Leisure and Aging (3)  
  SPA 44130 Communication Disorders of the Aging (3)  
  SOC 42010 Death and Dying (3)  
  SOC 42563 Sociology of Health and Health Care (3)  
  1. Course requires PSYC 11762 as prerequisite.
  2. Course requires SOC 12050 as prerequisite.
  3. Course requires prerequisites, please see course description for details.