Population aging places new demands and challenges on all social institutions in our society. By 2030, experts predict that 72.1 million persons will be over the age of 65, nearly double the number today. Due to the dramatic increases in the older population, graduates with a minor in Gerontology have an advantage in the job market and are well prepared to make a difference in the world. These courses also prepare Saint Mary’s students to move into graduate school opportunities where demand for specialized knowledge of gerontology is growing.
Several disciplines across the College support and contribute to this gerontology minor: Psychology and Communicative Disorders, Sociology, Social Work, Nursing, and Philosophy.
Minor in Gerontology (15 hours)
- GERO 201 Gerontology: Services and Policies
- SW 362 Perspectives in Gerontology
Three of the following:
- GERO 320 Alzheimer’s Disease
- PHIL 255 Medical Ethics
- PSYC 302 Psychology of Adult Development
- SOC 257 Sociology of Families
- SW 341 Relationships, Intimacy, and Sexuality Across the Lifespan
NOTE: Other courses (including independent studies and internships within your major) may be substituted by permission