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If you have questions about the gerontology emphasis, please do not hesitate to contact one of the co-chairs or affiliated faculty.

If you have already declared the emphasis, you may have been assigned a gerontology advisor and should be able to access that person's name in WING.

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How do I deal prerequisites?

Many of the gerontology emphasis course option have prerequisites. With some exceptions that are noted in the “Emphasis Checklist,” most courses allow declared gerontology emphasis students the ability to enroll. In other words, the faculty support the emphasis and allow gero students into their class.

Can I count these classes towards the major and emphasis?

Yes, courses you complete for your emphasis can also count towards your major or minor. For example, if you are taking PSY 434 Clinical Neuropsychology to complete a psychology requirement, it will also count for your emphasis supportive credit. If you are a student completing a CLS program option, the emphasis is a great way to complete those credits outside of your department at the 300/400 level.

Do you need an internship?

No, you are not required to have an internship for the Gerontology Emphasis. However, if you have completed an internship or volunteer experience through your major that focuses on aging/aging issues, it may qualify as credits towards completing your emphasis. Please contact one of the emphasis coordinators for approval. We also strongly encourage hands-on experiences with older adults and the field of Gerontology. There is no substitute for personal experiences and interactions.

Does my CNA job count for credit?

Your CNA job is an experience that will provide you with great context and content to draw from in gerontology courses. However, you will not be able to count your job as credits towards your emphasis.