Gerontology Graduate Minor

Program CodeGERON
Campus(es)University Park
The Graduate Faculty


The interdisciplinary graduate minor in Gerontology is administered by a committee of faculty appointed by the Gerontology Center Advisory Board. The committee members represent diverse programs within the University.

Minor Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements for minors in Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-600 Research Degree Policies and GCAC-700 Professional Degree Policies.

Students admitted to the minor will develop a course of study that includes both prescribed course work and additional course work suited to the student's interests. The minor course of study will be developed jointly by the student, the student's academic adviser, and one member of the graduate minor gerontology committee. Contact the Gerontology Center (S-105 Henderson) for information regarding the committee membership.

The minor requires a minimum of 10 credits of the master's level and 15 credits at the doctoral level, 10 of which are prescribed.

Required Courses
BIOL 409Biology of Aging3
HDFS/PSYCH 445Development Throughout Adulthood3
HDFS 590Colloquium1
SOC 435/HDFS 434Perspectives on Aging3
Total Credits10

Doctoral students must select a minimum of 5 additional credits from among the following courses:

ADTED 460Introduction to Lifelong Learning and Adult Education3
ADTED 505The Teaching of Adults3
EDPSY 5273
HDFS 446Programs and Services in Gerontology3
HDFS 447Issues in Gerontology3
HDFS 579Seminar in Adult Development and Aging1-9
HPA 442Long-Term Care Management3
NURS 464Dying and Death Keystone/General Education Course3
Gerontology-related special topics courses (497, 597) or independent studies (496, 596)


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.


Campus University Park
Graduate Program Head Lisa Ann Kitko
Program Contact

Cody Allen Hoffman
118 Henderson Building
University Park PA 16802
(814) 863-2229

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