Aging and Society Minor

The minor in Aging and Society offered by the Sociology program is designed for students who are interested in learning about the elderly populations or for those who seek career opportunities serving this demographic.  

This minor will help students comprehend theories in adult development, social gerontology life course, inter-generational relationships and the needs of an aging population.

Other topics include the medical and related health issues and an emphasis on sociological perspectives which help frame problems specific to the elderly population, their families, and to the societies adjusting to the aging dynamics.

PLEASE NOTE: This minor is not open to Sociology majors due to the study of aging issues already included as a focus in Sociology.

The minor in Aging and Society requires 21 semester hours from the following categories:

Category A - 3 courses (9 semester hours)

  • ANT 321 - Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 375 - Anthropology of Aging

  • SOC 340 - Populations
  • SOC 342 - Sociology of Aging

  • SOC 450 - Medical Sociology

  • SOC 480 - Global Aging Issues and Policies (Formerly a SOC 394 topics course)

  • SOC 499 - Independent Study focusing on aging topic

Category B - 1 course (3 semester hours)

  • PHI 200 - Ethics

  • PHI 220 - Health Care Ethics

  • SOC 308 - Social Organization

  • SOC 315 - Marriage and the Family

  • SOC 320 - Social Research

  • SOC 335 - Popular Culture

  • SOC 360 - Technology and Social Change

Category C - 1 course (3 semester hours)

  • HSR 306 - Introduction to Geontology
  • HSR 314 - Death, Dying and Grief

  • HSR 321 - Mental Health and Aging

  • HSR 410 - Psychological Forces in Late Life

  • NRS 413 - Aging in Today's Society

  • PSY 320 - Psychology of Adult Development

  • PSY 321 - Lifespan Development (Formerly PSY 220)

Electives

  • 2 courses (6 semester hours) from any of the above categories