Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Gerontology, Minor

Adelle Williams

Gerontology is an interdisciplinary specialization that focuses on aging and the aging process. This specialization is designed to enhance the understanding of aging and enrich interactions among generations. It is a valuable adjunct for those preparing to work directly with, or indirectly for, older persons. Employment opportunities for students who have academic preparation in gerontology are available in community agencies, long term care facilities, hospitals, assisted living facilities, hospices, retirement villages, senior centers, and mental health facilities among others. The program is open to students in any major.

Students conduct an internship in an organization which provides services to older adults and students actively participate in a service learning project. Opportunities to participate in campus and community activities are available.

Sigma Phi Omega, the national gerontology honorary society recognized students’ exemplary scholastic accomplishments in the field of aging. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. The Anne Bicknell Scholarship is offered (based upon available funding) and an application, essay and references are required.


Students planning to complete the program in gerontology will declare a major within a department. Major responsibility for advisement will rest within this department. However, the coordinator will assist students in the selection of gerontology courses and internship sites to fulfill the requirements for the minor in gerontology. Students must assume responsibility for fulfilling all requirements for graduation.

To access Minor Requirements, please view the Curriculum Guide tab.


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Minor GPA: 2.0 or higher


  • Students must complete at least 6 credit hours in their minor from SRU
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours must be upper division (courses numbered 300 and above)
  • A minor shall be no fewer than 18 credits.
Required Courses
Student must complete at least one content course from each block below, plus two additional courses from any of the three blocks. 15
Gerontology Courses
Aging and the Older Person (Required)
Women and Aging
Seminar in Gerontology
Independent Study
Health/Science Courses
Physiology of Aging and Physical Activity
Nutrition and Health
Selected Topics
Biomechanics of Individuals with Disabilities
Recreational Therapy for Older Adults
Psychology/Sociology Courses
Death and Dying
Sociology of Aging
Psychology of Aging
GERO 450Gerontology Internship (Required) 13
Total Hours18

Prerequisite – must have 9 hours of GERO courses


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Summer 2013.
Revised 10.04.2023