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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Gerontology Minor

The Undergraduate Gerontology Minor is designed to provide students with basic knowledge about older adults and the aging process, and applied skills for aging-related practice. Students who complete the Gerontology Minor come from a variety of undergraduate programs, in order to augment their studies with an in-depth focus on older adults. The field of Gerontology is interdisciplinary by nature and rapidly expanding, therefore jobs are available in just about every sector of our economy. The Gerontology Minor compliments this diversity, by offering coursework from several academic units on campus.

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Students enrolled in the Gerontology Minor will:

  • Build a firm understanding of the aging process, including biological, cognitive, psychological, and social processes that occur across late adulthood.
  • Be able to critically analyze social problems that exist, which affect older adults in today‚Äôs society.
  • Gain knowledge of the U.S. healthcare system, with emphasis on health policy affecting older adults.
  • Develop assessment and intervention skills to work with older adults and their families in interdisciplinary settings.

Students who complete the Gerontology Minor are uniquely positioned for employment opportunities in the aging field after graduation.

Course Number Course Title Course Availability
SW 4480 Helping Strategies with Older Adults Fall Semester
SW 4395 Death, Grief, & Loss Fall/Spring
HDFS 3440 Adulthood & Aging Fall/Spring

Choose 2 of the following:

Course Number Course Title Course Availability
SW 2000 Exploration in Social & Economic Justice Fall/Spring
Health Professions 4420 Health Literacy & Behavioral Compliance Spring
Health Professions 4300 Health Care in the United States Fall/Spring
Sociology 4210 Sociology of Aging Spring

A student must be admitted to the University of Missouri with a declared academic major. To obtain the Gerontology Minor he/she must complete the minimum 15 credit hours as outlined above from the two designated areas.

Students must have a 2.5 minimum GPA to apply for and earn the minor. A minimum grade of "C-" in "required" or "optional" coursework is needed to qualify for the minor.

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