Minor in Social Work-Gerontology

The Undergraduate Gerontology Minor is designed to provide students with entry level knowledge about older adults,  the aging process, and applied skills for aging-related practice. The minor will give participants expanded knowledge in providing services to older adults and their families.  Students who complete the Gerontology Minor come from a variety of undergraduate programs, in order to augment their studies with an in-depth focus on older adults.  The field of  Gerontology is interdisciplinary by nature and rapidly expanding, therefore jobs are available in just about every sector of our economy.  The Gerontology Minor complements diversity by offering coursework from several academic units on campus. 

Students who apply and complete the Gerontology Minor will

  • Build a firm understanding of the aging process, including biological, cognitive, psychological, and social processes that occur across late adulthood.
  • Become critically able to analyze social problems that exist, which affect older adults in today's society.
  • Gain knowledge of the U.S. health care system, with emphasis on health policy affecting older adults.
  • Ability to develop assessment and intervention skills to work with older adults and their families in the interdisciplinary settings. 

Students who complete the Gerontology Minor are uniquely positioned for employment opportunities in the aging field after graduation.

Required Courses
SOC_WK 4480Helping Strategies with Older Persons3
SOC_WK 4395Death, Grief and Loss3
H_D_FS 3440Adulthood and Aging3
Take two of the following:
HLTH_SCI 4420Health Literacy and Behavioral Compliance3
HLTH_SCI 4300Health Care in the United States3
SOCIOL 4210Aging and the Life Course3

Admission Requirements:

A student must be admitted to the University of Missouri with a declared academic major. To obtain the Gerontology Minor he/she must complete the minimum 15 credit hours as outlined above from the two designated areas.

Students must have a 2.5 minimum GPA to apply for and earn the minor. A minimum grade of "C-" in "required" or "optional" coursework is needed to qualify for the minor.