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What is a Minor in Gerontology?
The minor in gerontology at Western Kentucky University is for students considering careers in the field of aging, those whose future careers may include some contact with older adults, and for students who simply have an interest in learning more about the fastest growing component of our population. The minor is interdisciplinary in nature and is administered by the Center for Gerontology. Students are exposed to a variety of disciplines and perspectives related to the study of aging.
The gerontology minor may be paired with any major at Western Kentucky University. Knowledge about aging, older adults and our rapidly aging society is relevant to almost every area of study from accounting to zoology! Consult “Majors and the Gerontology Minor”
Gerontology minors are prepared to apply the critical issues of aging across a wide variety of settings including health and wellness programming, older adult housing and retirement communities, policy and program development, product development, social service agencies, and academic and research settings.
What is a Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies?
Today's older Americans are living longer, having lower rates of disability, achieving higher levels of education, end enjoying a higher standard of living than their predecessors. By 2015, individuals over the age of 60 will comprise over 20% of the American population.* In order to prepare a qualified workforce to address the needs of our aging populace, WKU is offering an online Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies.
The knowledge and skills acquired through this certificate program will enable graduates to integrate gerontology into their discipline and to provide services for an older population. Through the use of interdisciplinary curriculum, student will be provided with a comprehensive overview of the field of aging studies.
Students who complete a Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies will:
- Function effectively in administrative and leadership roles in organizations serving older adults;
- Apply knowledge of aging policies, programs, and services to advocate effectively on behalf of older adults;
- Think critically and utilize problem solving skills to address organizational problems;
- Apply knowledge to recognize and respond to the needs of older adults within the community.