The Aging Studies minor provides opportunities for students to learn about the dynamic interdisciplinary field of gerontology/aging studies and prepares them to make contributions to the improvement of the aging experience in society. The minor is designed to provide students with a core understanding of the field (via a core introductory course to the field); the flexibility to develop their own gerontology-focused interests through the selection of three elective courses from multiple disciplines that are aligned to their own learning or career interests and; with direct experiential learning via a research and/or service-learning focused field experience course. This minor will prepare students to make contributions to the improvement of the aging experience in society.
On completing the Aging Studies minor, students will have learned:
Requirements for the minor: Five courses in total – AGS 201; 3 approved elective courses from at least two different departments; senior project
Core course: Introduction to Aging Studies (AGS 201)
Electives: 3 approved electives – at least one from Group A (see list below) and at least two different departments across Group A and Group B (see list below); students should consult with the program chair regarding other approved or approvable options.
Senior Project: Applied Gerontology (AGS 490, 491); a field placement course in an organization working with older adults in which students conduct a research and/or service-learning project that culminates in a presentation to faculty affiliated with Aging Studies and students with declared minors in Aging Studies. This course will carry a W-designation; students will engage in at least 20 pages of iterative writing. The nature and requirements of the written work will be determined in consultation with the faculty supervisor.
Group A (select at least one of from the following):
Group B (current list of electives; select one [if both courses are taken from Group A] or two [if only one course is taken from Group A])
Note: Additional courses will be added as appropriate; students can petition to count an existing course as an elective (program chair approval is required)