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Aging Studies Experiential Minor


The demand for professionals with training in Aging Studies is high. Resources from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education show how this demand translates into career options.

Many of these careers are possible for students in multiple majors or advising tracks on campus, including but not limited to: Pre-Medicine, Pre-OT, Pre-PT, Nursing, Pre-Music Therapy, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology, Social Work/Welfare, Sociology, Public Health and Business, and anyone interested in Creative Arts Therapies.

The administration of the Aging Studies experiential minor is coordinated by Sangeetha Rayapati (music), who is responsible for applications, advising, and assessment of completion of program requirements, with support from the department  of Sociology/Social welfare) and career counselors in CORE.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Rayapati.

Program requirements

16-20 credits total, including 8 credits of required PSYC 216, SOCI 305, and 8 credits from any of the following electives— MUSC 344, CSD 315, CSD 376, PSYC 228, COMM 265, RELG 370, PHIL 105, and 100 hours of volunteer work with elderly populations.

Core courses

PSYC 216: Human Development, 4 credits
SASJ 326: Social Gerontology (D), 4 credits
Total core credits 8

Additional 8 credits, taken from two different departments:

MUSC 344: Aging and the Arts, PH 4 credits
CSD 315: Audiology 4 credits
CSD 376: Aural Rehabilitation 2 credits
PSYC 228: Psychology of Prejudice (D) 4 credits
COMM 265: Intro to Health Communication 4 credits
RELG 370: Suffering, Death, and the Vitality of Hope, PH 4 credits
PHIL 105: Life and Death, PH 4 credits
Total credits for certificate 16-20

Experiential component

Students in this minor program will be expected to spend significant time with the aging population or agencies that serve them. A minimum of 100 hours of volunteer or internship experience is required. Those hours may be spread out over two-three terms, but they must occur at one site or with one partner facility or program.

Students may use hours completed in a Senior Inquiry internship experience in their major toward these 100 hours. If fewer than 100 hours were completed for the SI experience, the remaining hours should still occur with the same organization, however. The goal is consistency in the experience.

Students who work with elderly populations, for example as a certified nursing assistant, may count their work hours toward the total required but they do not begin to accrue until the student is accepted into the Aging Certificate program. Students also must complete an interview at the end of their internships or volunteer experiences with the administrators of the certificate program. The interview will assess what experience and perspectives were gained by the work students undertook and what, if any, guidance it provides for future directions.

If a student chooses to complete these hours for credit, they will be administered through CORE policies regarding internships. Credits for internships will be assigned according to the chart below.

Credit hours Minimum hours interned
0 40
1 40
2 70
3 105








Standards of minimum success include successful completion of courses in the program with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students in this Experiential Minor program will communicate the impact the courses and internship/volunteerism had on their educational development and plans for the future through an exit interview to be administered by the certificate coordinators.