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Gerontology Program (GTL)

Gerontology emphasis

(All colleges)

15 credits with at least six credits from the core and the remaining credits from the core, supportive courses, or other gerontology-related coursework approved by the Gerontology Steering Committee.

Gerontology core

Select six credits from the following:6
Health Aspects of Aging
Adulthood
Special Topics in Sociology (only topic Sociology in Aging and the Life Course will apply)
Total Credits6

These courses focus on older adults and are approved by the Steering Committee for the gerontology emphasis. The Steering Committee will consider experimental courses, workshops, independent study, and for-credit field experience as part of the gerontology core when the course faculty affirm that the course focuses on the lives of older adults.

Supportive courses

Select at least nine credits from the following:9
Family Communication
Health Communication
Health Economics
Fitness Across the Lifespan
Population Geography
The U.S. Health Care System
Health Aspects of Aging (if not used in the core)
Confrontations of Death
Medical Ethics
Adulthood (if not used in the core)
Aging and the Elderly
Death, Grief, and Bereavement
Clinical Neuropsychology
Health Policy
Health Administration
Therapeutic Recreation Populations I
Recreational Therapy for Older Adults
Leisure Education
Generations and Age in the Social World
Demography
Sociology of Mental Illness
Sociological Aspects of Work and Life
Special Topics in Sociology (only topic Sociology of Aging and the Life Course will apply and if not used in the core)
Health Care and Illness
Total Credits9

Supportive courses do not exclusively focus on older adults, but these courses support an improved understanding of older adults. The Steering Committee will consider experimental courses, workshops, independent study, and for-credit field experience as supportive courses in a gerontology emphasis when the course faculty describes how the course indirectly supports learning about the lives of older adults.

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