2016-2017 Catalog > Undergraduate Studies > Undergraduate Minors > Gerontology Minor
Coordinator: Elizabeth MacDougall
Studying gerontology provides an opportunity for students to engage in a multidisciplinary study of the biological, psychological and social determinants of the aging process. The undergraduate minor may be used to supplement a number of majors, including biology, business administration, economics, nursing, political science, psychology, social work and sociology. The minor provides a knowledge base regarding the special needs of this segment of the population; the skills required to work effectively with older adults; and discussion of the economic, political, clinical and social issues surrounding the increasingly larger proportion of aged individuals in the American society.
By supplementing a major with the gerontology minor, students will be better prepared for careers in healthcare, politics, law, counseling, education, business and others.
Total Credit Hours: 19.0-22.0
In addition to the specific courses listed above, an independent study related to gerontology might be taken in any number of departments. This should be cleared in advance with the program coordinator in order to ensure that it will fulfill credits toward the minor.
A large number of today’s older adults live in urban areas and are Spanish speaking. Thus, students will benefit by having background in Spanish, particularly through SPAN 201.
Gerontology students have many practicum sites available to them, including the National Council on Aging, the Maryland State Office on Aging, community commissions on aging, nursing facilities, adult day care centers, hospice and many independent living facilities for older adults.
Through an integration of the liberal arts and the professions, Hood College provides an education that empowers students to use their hearts, minds and hands to meet personal, professional and global challenges and to lead purposeful lives of responsibility, leadership, service and civic engagement.
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