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Gerontology

A minor in gerontology at North Dakota State University provides a program of study for students interested in a variety of careers that involve work with the elderly population. Students from a variety of majors such as human development and family science, sociology, psychology, dietetics, nursing, interior design and education can benefit from training in gerontology.

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Career Opportunities

Career interests available would depend on the major or other training but include: dietitian for a nursing home, designer/architect of housing facilities, adult day care services, elderly volunteer services, mental health services for elderly persons, geriatric nursing, social service programs for elderly persons, long-term care administration, corporate health planning, or market research.

High School Preparation

Prior to coming to college, volunteer community service activities such as 4-H, scouting and work with church youth groups can help students gain valuable experience working with people in the community. High school courses in behavioral and social sciences (e.g., social studies, economics, psychology, family life education, child development) are helpful in preparing for study in gerontology.

The Curriculum*

This program is sponsored through the College of Human Development and Education and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at NDSU. It makes use of the resources of the Tri-College University to provide students an integrated understanding of the process of aging, aging services and the aged in America. There are six basic areas of study. Students should follow the directions provided for each of the areas.

Area 1: Social Gerontology

Credits

____________________________________________________

Soc. 440 - Sociology of Aging

3

Area 2: The Developmental Psychology of Aging

Credits

____________________________________________________

Select one of the following courses:

CDFS 460 - Adult Development and Aging

3

Psyc. 471 - The Psychology of Aging

3

Area 3: Wellness and Aging

Credits

____________________________________________________

CDFS 182 - Wellness and Aging

3

Area 4: Macrosystems

Credits

____________________________________________________

Select one of the following courses:

CDFS 481 - Gender and Aging

3

CDFS 482 - Family Dynamics of Aging

3

Area 5: Internship/Practicum 

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Each student must complete the equivalent of four semester credits
of internship/practicum. Please contact one of the following
participating faculty members for details.

Dr. Gina Kelly, NDSU
Dr. Greg Sanders, NDSU

Area 6: Electives

Credits

____________________________________________________

One additional elective course is required for the minor.
Select this course from the list below.

CDFS 357 - Personal and Family Finance

3

CDFS 491 - Seminar/Aging related

1-3

H&CE 468 - Family Life and Adult Education Programs

3

HNES 452 - Nutrition, Health and Aging

3

Soc. 426 - Sociology of Medicine

3

Soc. 441 - Sociology of Death

3

Soc. 442 - Current Issues in Medicine

3

Soc. 491 - Seminar/Aging Related

1-3

OR: An additional course from area 4 above.

Total

18

*Appropriate Tri-College courses can be substituted
with adviser permission.

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic adviser or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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Contact Information

College of Human Development and Education
North Dakota State University
Evelyn Morrow Lebedeff Hall 255D
Dept. 2600, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel. (701) 231-8272 / Fax: (701) 231-7174
E-mail: Greg.Sanders@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/hde/

or

Department of Sociology - Anthropology
North Dakota State University
Reineke Fine Arts Center 107
Dept. 2350, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8657 / Fax: (701) 231-1047
Email: Gina.Kelly@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/socanth/

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Email: NDSU.Admission@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/


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