Gerontology

Minor

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Credits required: 18

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Industry highlights

The age group growing fastest in our society and in many other countries is the “very old,” people aged 85 and older.Association for Gerontology in Higher Education

Gerontology adds meaning to your career path.

Gerontology is the study of aging with a focus on late life. Our population is aging at a rapid rate and many employers want to hire individuals with training that indicates they know how to work with, plan for, and administer programs for and with older adults.

In the undergraduate minor in gerontology, students will learn about the experience of aging and late life in the prerequisite Introduction to Aging Course (GRN 1000). Students will then complete four required courses covering health aspects of aging, maintaining independence in the community, social and health services, and public policy related to late life. Students will complete service learning projects as part of coursework, as well as two elective courses.

After the 3 credit prerequisite, a total of 18 credits are required for the minor. All required courses are offered online.

Who should apply

Current students with a related major at WMU are eligible to complete this minor.

Career opportunities

Professionals in the field of aging work in a variety of settings. Whether working directly with older adults or working as advocates, educators and researchers, the number of careers in this field is growing. According to the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, career opportunities exist in many different areas:

  • Community, human service and religious organizations
  • Health care and long-term care institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Schools
  • Retirement communities
  • Professional organizations

State authorization

For this online program, the internship or field placement is optional. If you plan to complete this activity outside of the state of Michigan, you must complete the activity request form at the time of enrollment for this course.

Activity Request Form

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.