Be There for the Golden Years

Gerontology Minor

The previous generation was responsible for raising us and giving us some of the best years of our lives – and now, as they reach a new stage in their lives, is an opportunity to give back. The field of gerontology is in growing demand and offers many diverse employment opportunities. People with a background in gerontology can provide a richer world for older adults in the form of educational opportunities, recreation and leisure programs, and volunteer activities. Salisbury University recognizes the importance of studying aging-related disciplines to address the challenges of growing older and helping to maintain the quality of life into the golden years.

Why Choose Gerontology at SU?

The gerontology minor requires completion of five courses, only one of which may be used to satisfy General Education and at least three courses must be earned at SU. All courses applicable to the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Students in the gerontology minor must complete the following core:

  • PSYC 322 Psychology of Aging
  • SOCI 361 Aging and Society 

Choose at least three courses from the following:

  • PSYC 323 Psychology of Death and Dying
  • SOCI 416 Individual Directed Study
  • SOCI 498 Internship in Sociology
  • SOWK 350 Social Work with Older People
  • SOWK 420 Field Instruction in Social Work I
  • SOWK 421 Field Instruction in Social Work II

Individual directed study courses from various majors may be utilized with the permission of the coordinator of the gerontology minor. Students are encouraged to organize their elective selections to complement their major academic and/or vocational areas of interest.

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