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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
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Discover the major effects of aging and find new ways to improve the quality of life for our aging populations with this minor.
UNT's Applied Gerontology minor focuses on the processes of aging, changes in individuals as they age, how society affects and is affected by aging, and how current information and technology can be implemented to help care for aging populations.

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Why Earn an Applied Gerontology Minor?

Applied Gerontology helps students develop a sound understanding of the processes of aging, a commitment to the pursuit of new developments and research, and a belief that the latter years of life have intrinsic value and offer the potential for human fulfillment.

The vision, knowledge and skills of professionals who embrace this philosophy will be increasingly necessary as our global communities seek to meet the needs of their growing populations of older adults.

Undergraduate students majoring in such compatible fields as social and behavioral sciences; health sciences; public health; kinesiology; recreation; learning technologies; or business may develop a multidisciplinary minor (18 semester hours) in applied gerontology in consultation with an advisor.

Applied Gerontology Minor Highlights

Fostering positive health outcomes across the lifespan to insure equity for all.
Learn skills to advocate for and improve the well-being of individuals as they age.
Our department is comprised of community-engaged academics providing an education that reaches beyond the classroom.
Faculty with expertise in applied gerontology, health services, rehabilitation counseling, substance use, and behavioral health concerns prepare students for a career making a positive change in the lives of others.
Online Courses make this degree achievable even while working full time.
Preparing interdisciplinary professionals who will advance equity and optimize quality-of-life outcomes in diverse communities across the nation.

Applied Gerontology Minor Courses You Could Take

Sociology of Aging (3hrs)
Twenty-somethings, generation Xers, baby boomers—all will be senior citizens sooner or later. Their sex, race/ethnicity and social class will affect their experience of aging. Course explores issues related to successful aging, including what young adults should be doing now to ensure that they have happy, healthy, wealthy and creative golden years.
Aging Programs and Services (3hrs)
Introduction to the history of social policy in aging; derivations and directions of public policy; interrelationships of agencies; discussion of selected programs and services for the aged.
Psychology of Adult Development and Aging (3hrs)
Personality, cognitive, social and sensory-perceptual aspects of development from early adulthood through death. Emphasis is on the development of a comprehensive understanding of the adult portion of the life span.

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