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Interdisciplinary Minors


Gerontology Minor

Carol Jenkins, Director, Office of Aging Studies, 328 Rivers West Building

The gerontology minor augments major fields of study with an overview of issues confronting elderly people and their service providers. In recognition that aging can be viewed from a variety of perspectives, courses from several academic programs are available. Special topics courses with aging as their primary content may be counted toward the minor. Inquiries should be directed to the associate director for educational programs. The minor requires 24 s.h. of credit. A maximum of 6 s.h. may count toward foundations curriculum requirements and the gerontology minor.

  1. Core 6 s.h.
    CDFR/GERO/SOCW 2400. Introduction to Gerontology (3) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    GERO/SOCW 5400. Seminar in Aging Studies (3) (P: Consent of instructor)
  2. Core electives (Choose a minimum of three.) 9-15 s.h.
    CSDI 5800. Communication Processes and Disorders in Aging (3) (P: Consent of instructor)
    EXSS 5800. Physical Activity and Aging (3) (SL) (P: Consent of instructor)
    GERO/SOCW 5903. Readings in Aging Studies (3)
    PSYC 5400. Advanced Gerontology (3) (P: GERO 2400 or consent of instructor)
    SOCI 5600. Seminar in Aging (3) (P: SOCI 2110; consent of instructor)
  3. General electives (Choose a maximum of three.) 0-9 s.h.
    MRCH 2239. Apparel and Human Behavior (3)
    HIST 3920. Social History of American Medicine (3) (FC:SO)
    HLTH 3020. Health Disparities (3) (F,S,SS) (P: HLTH 1000 or 1050; 3010 or consent of instructor)
    PHIL 3281. Introduction to Philosophical Ethics in the Health Care Professions (3) (WI*)
    POLS 3242. Municipal Policy and Administration (3)
    POLS 3255. Domestic Public Policy (3) (S)
    PSYC 3206. Developmental Psychology (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    SOCI 3327. Introductory Medical Sociology (3) (S) (FC:SO) (P: SOCI 2110 or consent of instructor)
    SOCI 4325. Marriage and the Family (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 5200. Seminar in the Sociology of Health (3) (P: SOCI 2110 or consent of instructor)

Multidisciplinary Minor

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The multidisciplinary minor, designed for students who have interests not met by existing minors, requires 24 s.h. credit, 9 s.h. of which must be above 2999. The theme-focused minor should normally comprise courses from three to five disciplines and should not reproduce existing disciplinary or other multidisciplinary minors. Courses should exclude the student’s major. A declared major who is interested in the multidisciplinary minor and who has completed a minimum of 30 s.h. should discuss with his or her advisor the theme around which the minor will be developed and submit a written plan to the faculty member assigned by the student’s major department to oversee the multidisciplinary minor and to that department’s chair. (Please note that the Multidisciplinary Studies director is not involved with this minor.) Criteria for the plan include thematic unity and coherence and clarity of educational objectives. The plan must be approved before the student has completed 80 s.h. and before submission of the senior summary, to which a copy of the approved plan will be attached. The student will complete the course of study under the supervision of his or her advisor.