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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, 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 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.

Gerontology Minor

Area One – Social Gerontology:


SOC 440

Sociology of Aging


Area Two – Developmental Psychology of Aging (Select one from the following):


HDFS 360

Adult Development and Aging

PSYC 471

The Psychology Of Aging

Area Three – Wellness and Aging (Select one from the following):


HNES 452

Nutrition,Health and Aging

HDFS 230

Life Span Development

Area Four – Macrosystems:

HDFS 480

Community Resources of Later Life


Area Five – Internship/Practicum:


A minimum of 4 credits of internship or practicum is required for this area.

Area Six – Elective (Select one from the following):


ANTH 332

Medical Anthropology

HDFS 357

Personal and Family Finance

HDFS 491

Seminar (Topic must be aging related)

H&CE 468

Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences I: Techniques

SOC 426

Sociology of Medicine

SOC 441

Death and Dying

HDFS 482

Family Dynamics of Aging

Total Credits


*Concordia and Minnesota State University-Moorhead offer courses which may also be used as electives in the Gerontology minor. Students should consult with the Gerontology Contact person prior to making such substitutions.

View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at:

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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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