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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 Marsha Smith (sociology/social welfare) and Keri Bass (CORE).

Questions should be directed to Dr. Rayapati.

Program requirements

Three core courses, and an additional 6 credits, plus an internship (credit or non-credit bearing) or significant volunteer experience with aging populations.

Core courses

PSYC 216: Lifespan Development, 3 credits
SOCI 305: Social Gerontology (PS,D), 3 credits
MUSC 344: Aging and the Arts (PH), 3 credits
Internship or volunteering, 0-3 credits
Total core credits 9-12

Additional 6 credits, taken from two different departments:

CSD 370: Audiology, 3 credits
CSD 376: Aural Rehabilitation, 3 credits
CSD 440-02 Special Topics, 3 credits
PSYC 271: Psychology of Prejudice, 3 credits
COMM 265: Intro to Health Communication, 3 credits
RELG 391: Suffering Death and Endurance, 3 credits
PHIL 205: Life and Death, 3 credits
Total credits for certificate 15-18

Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors

Experiential component

Students in this minor 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 Studies experiential minor. Students also must complete an interview at the end of their internships or volunteer experiences with the administrators of the 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