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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 AgingCredits
Select one of the following courses:
CDFS 460 - Adult Development and Aging3
PSYC 471 - The Psychology of Aging 3
Area 3: Wellness and Aging Credits
CDFS 182 - Wellness and Aging 3
Area 4: MacrosystemsCredits
Select one of the following courses:
CDFS 481 - Gender and Aging3
CDFS 482 - Family Dynamics of Aging3

Area 5: Internship/Practicum 

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: ElectivesCredits
One additional elective course is required for the minor.
Select this course from the list below.
CDFS 357 - Personal and Family Finance3
CDFS 491 - Seminar/Aging related1-3
H&CE 468 - Family Life and Adult Education Programs3
HNES 452 - Nutrition, Health and Aging3
SOC 426 - Sociology of Medicine3
SOC 441 - Sociology of Death3
SOC 442 - Current Issues in Medicine3
SOC 491 - Seminar/Aging Related1-3
OR: An additional course from area 4 above.

*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
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Dept. 2600, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel. (701) 231-8272 / Fax: (701) 231-7174


Department of Sociology - Anthropology
North Dakota State University
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Dept. 2350, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8657 / Fax: (701) 231-1047

Office of Admission
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