Gerontology

Gerontology Minor

Gerontology Minor

The Interdisciplinary Gerontology Minor provides students an introduction to the range of experiences and the service needs of older adults. Specifically, students will learn how aging affects older adults’ family relations, role in society (as grandparents, parents, employees, and friends), emotional experiences, cognitive abilities, health functioning, and recreational activities. Additionally, through use of an interdisciplinary approach, students will develop an appreciation of the range of professionals whose activities influence and are influenced by older adults.

Why Pitt State?

The Interdisciplinary Gerontology Minor requires 21 credit hours. The Interdisciplinary Gerontology Minor compliments a variety of majors at Pittsburg State University, including, but not limited to: Health, Human Performance, and Recreation; Family and Consumer Sciences; Sociology; Social Work; Psychology and Counseling; Political Science; Nursing; Biology (Pre-Dental and Pre-Medicine); Management and Marketing; and Technical Education. The overarching goal of this minor is to provide students from diverse academic backgrounds the knowledge, skills and experiences enabling them to provide services tailored to the unique needs of older adults.

Career Options

Students wanting to work with older adults can work in a variety of settings such as:

  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Hospitals
  • Health/wellness
  • Social work
  • Mental health
  • Memory care
  • Recreation
  • Community based services

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