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Gerontology minor

​​GERO-icon.jpg​​​​​​​​An aging baby boomer population is placing gerontology front and center in the marketplace.  A minor in gerontology enhances almost every major on campus. Whether you plan to work in a human service setting, recreation and leisure, health and medicine, psychology, sociology, engineering, marketing or design, your knowledge about aging and older adults gained in the gerontology minor curriculum increases your own market value. Moreover, opportunities through registered student organizations like the Gerontology Club and Care*Share*Connect and programs such as Bridges Together, broaden your experiences through service learning initiatives. 

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Curriculum
The gerontology minor calls for 24 credits (18 required and 6 electives) in a total of eight courses that are sure to develop the depth of your expertise. Many of the courses also count toward other majors and minors. 

  • R​​equired Courses (18 hours)
  • HDF 247: Introduction to Gerontology 3(3-0)
  • HDF 248: Service Learning in Gerontology 3(3-0)
  • HDF 328: Programs, Policies, & Services for Older Adults 3(3-0)
  • HDF 418: Family Development in Late Life 3(3-0)
  • HSC 506: Health & Physical Development in Late Life 3(3-0)
  • PSY 325: Psychology of Aging 3(3-0)
  • Electives (6 hours)
    Select from the following:
  • HDF/FNS 575: Geriatric Nutrition 3(3-0)
  • HDF/WST 340: Men & Masculinities in Adulthood 3(3-0)​
  • HDF/WST 430: Women & Aging 3(3-0)
  • HDF 535: Dementia Care 3(3-0)
  • SOC 320: Sociology of Aging & Retirement 3(3-0)
  • SOC 532: Cross Cultural Aging in a Globalized World 3(3-0)
  • REL 334: Death & Dying 3(3-0)​
  • ​Other courses as approved by program advisor.
  • Total: 24 semester hours
Gerontology Certificate
The certificate is designed to address the need for expertise in aging and adult development for graduate students and for professionals seeking to better serve their aging clients. 

The certificate:
  • ​is designed to complement students' major course of study. 
  • addresses career trajectories in which students graduate with expertise in aging and subsequently enter professions that are serving clienteles that include significant numbers of older adults. 
  • serves the need for aging education that emerges. 


Learn More

For more information, please contact:​

Leeny Malonebeach
Program coordinator 
Human Development and Family Studies
College of Education and Human Services​
Central Michigan University
195 Ojibway Ct.
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
EHS Building 228
 ​989-774-​6434


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