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Gerontology Minor

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! 

Gerontology minors are prepared to work in a wide variety of settings including health and wellness companies, senior housing (retirement communities, long term care, assisted living, and dementia care), advocacy and policy organizations, financial services, biotechnology, social service agencies, and academic and research settings.



How to Declare a Minor in Gerontology

Log onto Topnet using your WKU ID and Pin:

  1. Go to Student Services
  2. Then to Student Records
  3. Click on the Change Major, Minor, Concentration, Advisor Link
  4. Fill in the correct information, and submit the form
  5. Check Topnet 5-7 days later to confirm the changes

If you have questions please call (270)745-2425


Courses for Gerontology Minor

Required Core Courses

  • GERO 100: Introduction to the Aging Experience (3)
  • GERO 485: Seminar in Gerontology (3)

The minor requires 15 hours of electives, including at least two Primary Electives. 

Primary Electives (Choose a minimum of two):

  • BIOL 344: Biology of Aging
  • PH 443: Health & Aging
  • PSYS 423: Psychology of Adult Life & Aging
  • SOCL 342: Aging in Society

Secondary Electives:

  • GERO 461:  Person Centered-Dementia Management
  • GERO 481: Global Aging
  • GERO 490: Independent Study in Gerontology
  • GERO 495: Topics in Gerontology (Topics vary)
  • CD 489: Communication Disorders: Aging
  • ECON 365: Economics of Aging
  • EXS 455: Exercise and Aging
  • FIN 161: Personal Finance
  • FIN 444: Retirement and Planning
  • HCA 340: Health Care Org & Management
  • HCA 345: Long-Term Care Administration
  • HCA 353: Quality in Long-Term Care
  • HCA 355: Nursing Facility Administration
  • HCA 471: Managed Care
  • HMD 367: Nutrition for the Aging Population
  • NURS 451 Gerontological Nursing
  • PH 444: Death, Dying & Bereavement
  • PH 447: Human Values/Health Sciences
  • PH 464: Women's Health
  • PHIL 322: Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL 426: Philosophy and Old Age
  • PLS 395 Estate Planning & Administration
  • SWRK 326: Services for Older Adults

21 Hours Total for Gerontology Minor 

Please contact Dr. Dana Bradley at dana.bradley@wku.edu  or (270) 745-2356 for other courses which may be substituted to enhance your major.








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 Last Modified 6/26/18