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South Dakota State University    
  Aug 18, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Gerontology Minor

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Program Coordinator/Contact
Renee Oscarson, Associate Professor
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Wagner Hall 403
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Program Information
The minor in gerontology prepares graduates to work directly with or on behalf of older adults by drawing on coursework from multiple disciplines and collaborating with practitioners in aging-related professions. It may accompany any major, but is especially recommended for students in health science majors and/or students with an interest in human service and medical professions.

Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:

  • Interpret and apply gerontological theories
  • Demonstrate effective intergenerational communication skills
  • Evaluate and assess environmental demands and individual needs of older adult populations

Academic Requirements
A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses in the minor. To count for the minor, all Seminar, Topics, or Independent Study coursework must be approved by the Gerontology Coordinator. The topics and credits vary by semester.

Course Delivery Format
Program coursework is completed on campus and online.

Requirements for Gerontology Minor: 18 Credits

Level One

Select 11 credits from the following Level One aging courses. Credits: 11

Levels Two and Three

Select 7 credits from Level Two and Three approved courses with the program coordinator. Credits: 7

  • A portion of Level Two courses is aging-related.
  • Level Three courses cover the study of biological, psychological, or social aspects of humans.

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