We offer an undergradaute minor in the study of aging and the aged. The minor requires 21 hours of course work, 12 hours from core gerontology courses, and nine hours of electives in subjects related to gerontology.

Required Core Courses (Complete 12 Hours)

  • GERO 430 - Aging Well Adaptations in Later LifeExamination of adaptations of last half of the life span. Includes various theories of aging, multidimensional perspectives on changes in well-being and health, and strategies for coping with the change. Emphases are placed on developmental process, adaptations, and mental/emotional changes as people age. 3.000 Credit hours
  • GERO 435 - Aging in Communities Focus on community aging as it applies to all dimensions of life: biological, physiological, sociological, psychological, political, occupational, economical, educational, familial, and societal. 3.000 Credit hours
  • GERO 499 - Internship in Gerontology Experience in one or more of the agencies, institutions, or programs now providing gerontological services or otherwise related to the field of gerontology. The internship is carried out under the joint supervision of the program director for gerontology and a practitioner representing the agency, institution, or program. Each student chooses the internship setting with guidance from a faculty sponsor and approval of the practitioner. Prerequisite: permission of the program coordinator. A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. 1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours
  • GERO 445 - Health, Wellness, and Aging Will increase knowledge of health, wellness, and aging covering topics such as health status, health behavior, health risk factors, clinical preventive services, public health, and job opportunities in health and aging. 3.000 Credit hours

Elective Courses (Complete 12 Hours)

  • EDPS 430 - Mental Health Study of the development of mental health. Covers the identification of mental health problems and examines methods of intervention and prevention. Prerequisite: 6 hours of psychology. 3.000 Credit hours
  • FCFC 202 - Child and Family Wellness Explore the concepts of wellness, emphasizing nutrition, health and safety as it applies to children and families. Increase awareness of the need for healthy environments and use of sustainable and age appropriate practices in environments with families and children. 3.000 Credit hours
  • FCFC 250 - Family Relations Focuses on family dynamics and interaction across a variety of family structures and backgrounds. Explores the impact of larger social systems on the family, changing concepts of family, and family processes throughout the life cycle. Emphasizes healthy interaction patterns and skills to strengthen family relationships. 3.000 Credit hours
  • FCFN 210 - Customer Service Concentrates on building quality service skills and knowledge needed to foster excellent customer relations. 3.000 Credit hours
  • FCFN 340 - Principles of Human Nutrition Addresses the principles of nutrition, life cycle nutrition, and the relationship of diet to health and disease. Prerequisite or parallel: CHEM 100 or 101 or 111 or permission of the department chairperson. Not open to students who have credit in FCFN 240 or 275 or by permission of the department chairperson. 3.000 Credit hours
  • FCPM 315 - Sr. Housing: Design, Marketing, & Mgmt. Exploration of the principles that guide the design, marketing, and management of housing for older adults. Application of these principles through projects and field experiences. Prerequisite: FCPM 235 and junior standing, or permission of the department chairperson. 3.000 Credit hours
  • GERO 415 - Technology in Aging Explores the impact of assistive and other technologies on the lives of aging adults. Identification of technologies, utilization by and for aging adults, and implications for service delivery will be explored. 3.000 Credit hours
  • GERO 440 - Women and Aging Typical lifespan occurrences that largely impact women such as elder caregiving, familial systems maintenance, widowhood, health changes, and economic issues will be explored. Historical and theoretical perspectives; introduction to health, psychological, and living issues; introduction to racial and ethnic diversity; and social relationships will also be covered. 3.000 Credit hours
  • HSC 471 - Death and Dying Analyzes the relationship between death and health with emphasis on the physiological, medical, psychological, legal, and consumer aspects of dying in contemporary America. Investigates problems that relate to the meaning of death, care for the dying, death ritual, bereavement, and death education. Prerequisite: HSC 160 or permission of the department chairperson. 3.000 Credit hours
  • MKG 300 - Principles of Marketing Introduces marketing principles, functions, and contemporary practices essential for attaining organizational objectives. Topics include the marketing environment and technology, marketing research, consumer behavior, market segmentation, product management, professional selling, advertising, pricing, distribution channels, strategy implementation, and the role of marketing in society. Prerequisite: sophomore standing including ECON 116 or 201. 3.000 Credit hours
  • MKG 310 - Consumer Behavior Introduces the end-user consumption process. The impact of external factors such as culture and subculture, as well as psychological factors such as motivation and perception on consumer decision-making process are discussed. Examines how marketing managers use the information obtained from consumers' consumption process in planning effective marketing strategies. Prerequisite: MKG 300. 3.000 Credit hours
  • EXSC 493 - Advanced Concepts in Exercise Physiology The effect of exercise on the anatomical structures and the physiological functions in humans during acute and chronic activity. Prerequisite: EXSC 292 or ANAT 201 and EXSC 293. 3.000 Credit hours
  • POLS 350 - Public Administration Describes theories and practices of public administration in the United States and the development, implementation, and evaluation of government policies and programs. Surveys topics such as political structures, personnel, budgets, and administrative laws and regulations. Prerequisite recommended: POLS 130. 3.000 Credit hours
  • SOC 341 - Sociology of Health and Illness Analysis of relationships between diseases and the social structure and efforts to cope with sickness. Topics include social factors in the distribution of disease, social stress, the sick role, conventional and alternative healers, and the medical-care system. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of the instructor. 3.000 Credit hours
  • SOC 431 - Aging and the Life Course Examines the effects of social and cultural factors on the aging process including an analysis of policies and programs designed to meet the needs of older adults. Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor. 3.000 Credit hours