Program: Minor in Gerontology

Program Description

The interdisciplinary minor in Gerontology is offered by the College of Health and Human Development. The minor complements many other academic majors, and many of the courses satisfy the requirements or electives for other programs. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the field of aging. Graduates with a minor in Gerontology are in demand for entry-level jobs in human services, allied healthcare, corporations, administration and direct services in a wide variety of settings.

Program Requirements

1. Core Requirements (12 units)

HSCI 422 Health Services for the Elderly and the Mentally Ill (3)
PSY 365 Introduction to Gerontology (3)*
RTM 415 Leisure and Aging (3)
SOC 440 Sociology of Aging (3)

*Also counts as a GE requirement.

2. Elective (3 units)

Select one of the following:

FCS 354 Functional Fashion (3)
FCS 409 Geriatric Nutrition (3)
FCS 424 Aging and Resource Management (3)
HSCI 419 Hospital Administration (3)
KIN 477 Motor Development (3)
RTM 204 Introduction to Recreation Therapy (3)

3. Internship (3 units)

Internship in major with aging focus.

Total Units in the Minor: 18


Department of Health Sciences
Chair: Bethany Rainisch
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 2500
(818) 677-4081

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a minor in Gerontology will be able to:

  1. Describe how our aging population impacts our society.
  2. Understand how a multidisciplinary approach leads to a better understanding of the needs of older adults.
  3. Identify physical, physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of aging.
  4. Identify and critically analyze major issues and controversies related to aging.
  5. Identify factors in the internal and external environments that may affect the aging process.
  6. Explore resources and careers in the field of gerontology.