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Gerontology


Interdisciplinary Minor

Prepare to work with a rapidly changing population, in any discipline, with this interdisciplinary minor.

According to the U.S. census, Iowa has an increasing proporation of people who are 60 years and over. The number of Iowans who are 80 years and older is increasing more rapidly than any other age group. Iowa's proportion of older adults in the population exceeds that of the U.S. as a whole. 

Interdisciplinary gerontology emerges naturally from Briar Cliff's mission and vision, where students are passionate about social justice and are learning about issues of social justice for older people. The BCU community's ability to respond to an aging population can and will be driven by the Franciscan values of the university. 

 


Core Courses

BIOL 102 - Human Biology
BIOL 102L - Human Biology Laboratory
NURS 356 - Biological and Health Aspects of Aging
PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 355 - Adulthood and Aging
SOCY 124 - Principles of Sociology
SWRK 465 - Gerontology

Additional Program Requirements

A 50-hour gerontology internship is required for the gerontology minor. The internship may also be used for other departmental internship requirements. Internships are supervised by faculty in the student's major department.