Gerontology is the scientific studying of aging and the issues faced by
older generations, allowing you to understand the aging population and
prepare to work on behalf of them. The gerontology minor is an interdisciplinary
program that examines the aging process, including the biological, psychological,
social and spiritual aspects of growing older. Additionally, through required
field experience, students develop basic skills for effective practice with
older adults. The minor also emphasizes an understanding of the unique problems
and needs of older adults in Appalachia and other rural areas. There are
several courses in the diverse program, including online options and a General
Education Foundation course that can count toward your major or another minor.
How will I focus my studies?
A minor in gerontology will
better prepare you for the ever-changing helping health and human service professions.
The United States is growing significantly older, and in a matter of years, our
population distribution will represent that of Florida in terms of age. Because
of this shift, there is a shortage of trained professionals available to work
with older adults and their families. The shortage includes not only physicians
and nurses, but the entire health and human service profession. Jobs are
available not only in healthcare, but fields like marketing, tourism, interior
design and urban planning. Regardless of your major, a gerontology minor will
give the experience and knowledge needed to work with older adults while setting
you apart from other applicants to receive higher employment considerations.
Learn more at the Gerontology site