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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.

CreditsArea 1: Social Gerontology
3SOC 440 - Sociology of Aging
Area 2: The Developmental Psychology of
Select one of the following courses: 
3HDFS 360 - Adult Development and Aging
3 PSYC 471 - The Psychology of Aging
Area 3: Wellness and Aging
3 HDFS 182 - Wellness and Aging
Area 4: Macrosystems
Select one of the following courses: 
3HDFS 481 - Gender and Aging
3HDFS 482 - Family Dynamics of Aging

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: Electives
3ANTH 332 - Medical Anthropology
3HDFS 357 - Personal and Family Finance
3HDFS 491 - Seminar (Topic must be aging related)
3H&CE 468 - Methods of Teaching Family and
    Consumer Sciences I: Techniques
3SOC 426 - Sociology of Medicine
3SOC 441 - Death and Dying
3HDFS 481 - Gender and Aging or
    HDFS 482 - Family Dynamics of Aging

*Appropriate Tri-College courses can be substituted with advisor 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 advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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Reineke Fine Arts Center is located on the south end of campus on the corner of 12th Ave. N. and Bolley Drive (Campus Map)

Contact Information

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

Tel: (701) 231-7218 / Fax: (701) 231-7174


Department of Sociology and 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

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

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802



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