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Gerontology Studies

Gerontology Studies is an interdisciplinary program that fosters educational, research and service activities pertinentto health and aging. The program seeks to build vital partnerships with eldercare agencies, facilities, and programs serving elderly individuals and families in the Northern Illinois region. Gerontology faculty associates specialize in key academic areas of the health and human sciences.

Type of Programs: Minor (15 credit hours), Certificate (15 credit hours)

College: Health and Human Sciences

Major Requirements:

  • IDSP 465: Issues in Gerontology Credits (3)

Sample of electives:

  • ANTH 465: Medical Anthropology (3)
  • IHHS 467: Fieldwork in Gerontology (3)
  • KNPE 454: Exercise Gerontology (3)
  • PSYC 425: Adult Development and Aging (3)

Certificate in Gerontology
Drawing from relevant disciplines, this certificate is designed to examine the multifaceted implications of aging. Students must maintain a good academic standing in the university, achieve a minimum grade of C in each certificate course, achieve a GPA of 2.50 in all certificate courses and complete all certificate course work within six calendar years.

Certificate Requirements:

  • IDSP 465: Issues in Gerontology (3)
  • IHHS 466: Seminar in Gerontology (3) or
    IHHS 467 - Fieldwork in Gerontology (3)

Sample of electives:

  • SOCU 451: Medical Sociology (3)
  • FCNS 280: Human Development:
    the Family& Society (3)
  • SPC 225: Lifespan Development:
    Childhood through Adulthood (3)

Resources:
The College of Health and Human Sciences offers a myriad of online resources available to students looking to enhance their learning experience.

Contact:
Dr. John F. Stolte, Director
College of Health and Human Sciences
(815) 753-0041
jfstolte@niu.edu

For more information,
visit www.chhs.niu.edu/gerontology