Minor in Gerontology
Specialized training in aging is available through an Undergraduate Minor in Gerontology offered by the Department of Human Development & Family Studies. The Minor offers undergraduate students preparing for careers in aging the opportunity to pursue a formally recognized program of study in gerontology. The 18-credit minor is open to all undergraduate matriculating students within the University of Connecticut, and consists of both course work and field experiences working in community settings serving older adults. Successful completion of the minor requires that a student earns a C grade (2.0) or better in each of the courses for the minor.
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- Three required courses (nine credits)
HDFS (204) 2200: Human Development: Adulthood and Aging
HDFS (248) 3240: Aging in American Society
HDFS (250) 3249: Gender and Aging
- One course (three credits) from the following:
HDFS (252) 3252: Death, Dying, and Bereavement
HDFS (274) 3530: Public Policy and the Family
HDFS (276) 3510: Planning and Managing Human Services
AH (203) 3203: Aging: Implications for Health Professionals
- Six credits in HDFS (288) 3080
HDFS (288) 3080: Fieldwork in Community Settings Working with Older Adults
Students must successfully complete 6 credits of fieldwork in an approved aging setting. These six credits may consist of either two 3-credit field experiences during different semesters or one 6-credit experience. Fieldwork must be completed in an approved aging setting. A listing of recognized fieldwork sites is available at the Student Services Center.
- Final Plan of Study:
Upon completion of all requirements, each student must file a Plan of Study for the Minor in Gerontology. The Plan of Study lists all courses necessary to fulfill the requirements for the minor. The Student Services Director must sign the completed application. The completed plan must then be submitted to the Student Services Center, FS 123, during the first four weeks of the semester in which the student expects to graduate.
Applications for the Undergraduate Minor in Gerontology are available online (click here for application).
Examples of the positions obtained by some of our recent graduates:
- Planner, Area Agency on Aging
- Access Coordinator
- Resident Services Coordinator, Elderly Housing
- Program Director Senior Housing
- Outreach Provider
- Information & Referral Consultants