Undergraduate Minor in Gerontology
The minor in Gerontology is interdisciplinary and consists of 18 credit hours. Students may combine a minor in Gerontology with coursework from any department; some combinations in the past have been with Communication Sciences and Disorders, Social Work, Psychology, Nursing, and Physical Therapy, and also specialized Nazareth programs including Music Therapy.
A one-semester internship program (three credit hours) at a local agency/institution is available and recommended. Classroom instruction is reinforced and supplemented by an opportunity to apply learning achieved in a work setting. In such a quality experience, students are provided with:
- Contacts with professionals in the milieu of their work activities.
- Direct contact with genuine problems and issues in the field of aging.
- Knowledge of ways in which society responds to various problems and issues of aging raised in the classroom.
- An opportunity to evaluate their personal responses to working with or for older persons.
- A "learning lab" in which to test theoretical concepts and to define or refine clinical experiences.