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Gerontology

Program Facts

  • Founded ahead of its time about 30 years ago, the gerontology program is still going strong today
  • Coursework centers on the psychological, biological and physical elements of aging
  • Given the enormous number of the baby boomers now becoming seniors, a background in gerontology is a valuable credential
  • The program is a perfect complement to such majors as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Exercise Physiology, Medicine, Psychiatry and Biology
  • Professors from several departments teach the required gerontology courses-giving students diverse and critical perspectives on the process of aging

Program Requirements

Minor: 20 Credits
Certificate: Available to students who are not seeking a degree.

Research or Internships

Through the Gerontology Directed Applied Project (GERO-DAP), students take their textbook knowledge and put it to work in a variety of appropriate settings. Students in the GERO-DAP have completed projects at a number of different agencies, including the Benedictine Health Center; Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging; the Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association; Edgewood Vista Senior Living and Retirement; and the Essentia Health-Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center.

Careers

With the number of adults 65 and older growing faster than any other segment of the population, those with a background in gerontology are needed and in demand. Recent graduates with a gerontology minor have gone on to pursue graduate study in gerontology or careers in Social Work, Psychology, Nursing, Exercise Physiology, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

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  • "The gerontology courses have opened my eyes to the many issues older adults face, such as Alzheimer's disease. I believe that taking gerontology courses will benefit my career because I'd like to work in geriatrics, particularly with those who suffer from dementia. I also really enjoyed the internship at the Alzheimer's Association, where I still volunteer. No matter what your major is, I highly recommend the gerontology program."

    – Stephanie Davich, ‘14

  • "The gerontology program provides a foundation of knowledge for students in all majors and career interests. The faculty have a passion for aging and provide lifelong career and academic mentorship. Because of my gerontology course work and internship, I got my first job during which I obtained a MS degree in gerontology. I moved on to the Minnesota Board on Aging, followed by my Ph.D. and my nursing home administrator's licensure. Now I have a successful consulting business in aging, working with large non-profit and government agencies. This is all a large part due to the gerontology program at CSS."

    – Rajean Moone, Ph.D., ‘00