About the Program: 

The aging minor draws together courses from a number of academic disciplines around the theme of human aging. Students will learn about physical, social, and psychological changes that occur in adulthood; ways of addressing older adults' needs; and how to promote successful aging.

The aging minor is an interdisciplinary minor. The following academic departments are involved in the minor: Anthropology, Biology, Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology. The aging minor is open to majors from any department and is seen as complementing the training the student receives in his or her major.

Objectives of the Minor
- Students will acquire a core foundation in the study of aging as an interdisciplinary field.

- Students will have an individualized experience in the field of aging that is tailored to their unique interests and /or career goals.

- Students will understand the breadth of the field of aging by being able to select from a broader array of elective coursework that reflects the multiple disciplines in the study of aging.

Program Requirements: 

- Since the minor is interdisciplinary, the requirement that a minor cannot be taken from the same discipline as a student's major program does not apply. However, in keeping with the spirit of this requirement, no course used for the aging minor can be used towards fulfilling the major requirements.

- Students must have a minimum 2.0 average for admission into the minor.

- A maximum of 3 courses of transfer credit will be permitted.

Total Required Credit Hours 21 cr

Required Courses (6 cr. + 0-3 cr. prerequisites.

1. PSY 327 Adult Development and Aging I (3 cr)
Prerequisite: PSY 101 (3 cr)
SOC 352 Sociology of Aging (3 cr)
Prerequisite: SOC 100 (3 cr)
HEW 345 Wellness, Fitness, and Aging (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper-division status

2. XXX 499 Independent Study
XXX 495 Independent Project
XXX 488 Internship 488
Taken from any department, but must deal with aging issue.

Elective Courses 12-15 credits (including prerequisites)

ANT 327 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
BIO 308 Human Anatomy and Physiology
HEW 345 Wellness, Fitness, and Aging
PSY 327 Adult Development and Aging I
PSY 388 Psychology of Death and Dying
PSY 427 Adult Development and Aging II
SOC 352 Sociology of Aging
SWK 320 Social Service Organizations
SWK 321 Elderly and Social Services

Total credit hours for minor 21 credits

- Elective courses must be taken from at least two departments.

- If HEW 345, PSY 327, or SOC 352 is used as the required course, it cannot be used as a minor elective course.

- Courses used for the aging minor cannot be used to fulfill major requirements.


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