Gerontology Minor

Students in the Gerontology Minor program will study issues of aging from an interdisciplinary perspective and come to understand the interplay between them, including the health and medical as well as social and psychological needs of older persons. Although this interdisciplinary minor is housed in the School of Social Work, students in other majors may complete the minor in consultation with both the Chair of the Gerontology Minor and the students’ academic advisors in their respective departments. Students must consult with their major advisor to select electives, practicum or volunteer experiences, and to integrate courses that will meet the requirements of the minor.

Minor - Gerontology (Minor)

College of Health Prof Biomed

Degree Specific Credits: 21

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018


Lower Core Course3
Upper Core Courses9
Gerontology Electives3
Integrating Courses2-3
Practicum Courses3
Total Hours20-21

Lower Core Course

Rule: Must complete the following:

PSYX 233Fund of Psychology of Aging3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Core Courses

Rule: Must complete all of the following:

AHHS 325Introduction to Gerontology3
AHHS 430Health Aspects of Aging3
S W 455Social Gerontology3
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Gerontology Electives

Note: A student must take a minimum of 3 elective credits with at least 25% of the content focused on gerontology. Students may petition for approval of another elective course.

Select one from the following:3
Living Well, Health & Disablil
MGS Meeting
Geriatric Health Issues
Culture, Health and Healing
Communication and Health
Intro Health Economics
Philosophy & Biomedical Ethics
Death, Dying and Grief
Sociology of the Family
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Integrating Courses

Note: A course has been identified that will integrate the core course content with concepts within each student's major. A similar course can be identified in other majors if required. Students can also take NRSG 377 through Montana State University with approval by advisor.

Select one of the following:2-3
Exercise Disease & Aging
Development Through the Life Span
Therapeutics I
Hum Behav & Soc Environ
Sociology of the Family
Total Hours2-3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Practicum Courses

Rule: Must complete 1 of the following courses

Note: Students can also take NRSG 454 through Montana State University with approval by advisor. Students in majors that do not have access to a practicum course can enroll in AHHS 395 for up to 3 credits of service learning experience compatible with the student's major and interests.

Select 3 credits from the following:3
Geriatric Practicum
Geriatric APPE
Field Work Practicum
Coop Education/Internship
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-