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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Gerontology Minor

The Undergraduate Gerontology Minor is designed to provide students with an entry level of knowledge in the field of gerontology. The minor will give participants expanded knowledge in providing services to older adults and their families. The focus of the Gerontology Minor is to build a skill set in understanding the basic foundations of scientific information centered around the process of aging.

elderly hands touching

The minor is also designed to prepare you with strengths and weaknesses of the aging population, provides an introduction related to paradigms shifts in social, economic and political views, outlines aging as diversity within the population subset to understand impact of power, gives awareness of the effect of death, grief, and loss, explores life skills factors of development, as well as becoming knowledgeable regarding policy, systems, and ethical decision factors of the aging population.

In obtaining the Gerontology Minor you will incur skills that build awareness to aging demographics trends in relationship to retirement, employment, health care, abuse and neglect, accessibility, and shaping life experiences to age successfully.

The minor coursework will allow you to gain further confidence to assist older adults in meeting their needs, where they are in their environment.

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

Choose 2 of the following:

Course Number Course Title Course Availability Need 2 Optional Classes
SW 2000 Exploration in Social & Economic Justice Fall/Spring Optional
Health Professions 4420 Health Literacy & Behavioral Compliance Spring Optional
Health Professions 4300 Health Care in the United States Fall/Spring Optional
Sociology 4210 Sociology of Aging Spring Optional

A student must be admitted into the University of Missouri systems seeking to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree from 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. Students seeking approval regarding the Minor may file them in 723 Clark Hall. To obtain additional assistance in outlining the Minor in ways that it will correlate with career major he/she may contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Student Service Coordinator.

Application for the Gerontology Minor (RTF)