Gerontology Minor

Students in the Gerontology Minor program will study issues of aging from an interdisciplinary perspective and come to understand the interplay between them, including the health and medical as well as social and psychological needs of older persons. Although this interdisciplinary minor is housed in the School of Social Work, students in other majors may complete the minor in consultation with both the Chair of the Gerontology Minor and the students academic advisors in their respective departments. Students must consult with their major advisor to select electives, practicum or volunteer experiences, and to integrate courses that will meet the requirements of the minor.

Minor - Gerontology

College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 21-23

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2019-2020


Core Courses12
Integrating Courses3
Practicum Courses3-5
Gerontology Electives3
Total Hours21-23

Core Courses

Note:These courses provide students with a common knowledge base through an introduction to gerontology and study of three core areas: social aspects, psychological aspects, and health aspects of aging.

Complete all of the following courses:
AHHS 325Introduction to Gerontology3
AHHS 430Health Aspects of Aging3
PSYX 233Fund of Psychology of Aging3
S W 455Social Gerontology3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Integrating Courses

Notes: In each of the following majors, a course has been identified that will integrate the core course content with information and concepts within the major. A similar course will be identified in other majors not listed here.

Nursing students can also take NRSG 377 through Montana State University with approval by advisor.

Complete one of the following courses:3
CSD 365
Acquired Speech and Language Disorders (for Communication Sciences & Disorders majors)
KIN 483
Exercise Disease & Aging (for Health and Human Performance majors)
PHAR 451
Therapeutics I (for Pharmacy majors)
P T 520
Development Through the Life Span (for Physical Therapy majors)
SOCI 332
Sociology of the Family (for Psychology, Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies majors)
S W 300
Hum Behav & Soc Environ (for Social Work majors)
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Practicum Courses

Notes: The courses provide experience working with both well and/or frail older persons.

Nursing students can also take NRSG 454 through Montana State University with approval by advisor.

Students in majors that do not have access to a practicum course can enroll in AHHS 395 for up to 3 credits of service learning experience compatible with the student's major and interests.

Complete at least 3 credits from the following courses:3-5
AHHS 395
Geriatric Practicum (for Communicative Sciences & Disorders majors)
KIN 498
Internship (for Health & Human Performance majors)
PHAR 585
Geriatric APPE (for Pharmacy majors)
P T 583
& P T 584
Integrated Clinical Experience I
and Integrated Clinical Experience II ( for Physical Therapy majors)
PSYX 398
Internship (for Psychology majors)
or PSYX 298
S W 398
Internship (for Social Work majors)
or S W 495
Field Work Practicum
SOCI 498
Internship (for Sociology majors)
WGSS 398
Coop Education/Internship (for Women s & Gender Studies majors)
Total Hours3-5

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Gerontology Electives

Note: A student must take a minimum of 3 elective credits with at least 25% of the content focused on gerontology. Students may petition for approval of another elective course.

Complete one of the following courses:3
AHHS 327
MGS Meeting
AHHS 420
Geriatric Health Issues
AHHS 491
Special Topics (Geriatric Healthcare)
Medical Ethics
ANTY 426
Culture, Health and Healing
COMX 485
Communication and Health
PHAR 320
Am Ind Health Issues
PHL 321E
Philosophy & Biomedical Ethics
PSYX 280
Fund of Memory and Cognition
PSYX 348
Psychology of Family Violence
S W 475
Death, Dying and Grief
SOCI 332
Sociology of the Family
SOCI 491
Special Topics (Sociology of Health & Illness)
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-