B.A. Degree in Gerontology {17-18}

B.A. Degree in Gerontology

Gerontology is a field of study that integrates several disciplinary perspectives on human aging, including sociology, social work, psychology, and biology. It explores the aging process of individuals and societies, including the study of physical, mental, and social changes; the investigation of societal changes resulting from an aging population; and the application of this knowledge to policy and program development. To receive the B.A. Degree in Gerontology, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Exhibit an understanding of the content of the field, including theory and methods.
  • Exhibit an ability to apply the concepts of the field to social issues.
  • Exhibit an ability to think critically.
  • Exhibit an understanding of social research, including the ability to apply research findings to social issues.
  • Exhibit an ability to organize knowledge, ideas, evidence, information, and argument.
  • Exhibit an ability to use library, internet, and community resources.
  • Exhibit effective written and verbal communication.

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core Requirements ( 19 credits )

HSAD 401 Health Aspects of Aging (3) *was COMH 401
PARA 416 Elder Law (3)
PHIL 311 Morals and Medicine (3)
PSY 403 Adulthood and Aging (3)
SOC 308 Social Gerontology (3) or
SW 308 Social Gerontology (3) or
WS 308 Social Gerontology (3)
SW 410 Gerontology: Policy and Practice (4) or
SOC 410 Gerontology: Policy and Practice (4)

Restricted Electives ( 6 credits )

Students must earn at least six credits in research methods chosen from the following courses.

ECON 370 Quantitative Economic Analysis (3)
MATH 234 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
PSY 230 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4)
SOC 350 Methods and Statistics for Social Research (4)
SOC 351 Quantitative Methods (3)
SOC 352 Qualitative Methods (3)
SW 400 Research Methods in Social Work (3)

Electives ( 15 credits )

Students must choose fifteen credits from the following courses. Concordia and NDSU offer courses which may also be used as electives in the Gerontology major. Students should consult with the Gerontology Program Coordinator prior to making such substitutions. Complete course lists are available from the department.

ACCT 230 Principles of Accounting I (3)
ACCT 280 Legal Environment of Business (3) *was ACCT 304
ACCT 321 Employment Law (3)
ANTH 248 Ideas of Culture (3) *was ANTH 348
BIOL 236 Introduction to Microbiology (3)
BIOL 323 Human Anatomy (4)
BIOL 349 Human Physiology (4)
COMH 315 Health Agencies and Services (3)
ECON 305 The Economics of Poverty, Discrimination, and Inequality (3)
FINC 340 Financial Management (3)
FINC 360 Principles of Investment (3)
HLTH 305 Introduction to Nutrition (3)
HLTH 330 Disease Prevention (2)
MGMT 260 Principles of Management (3) *was MGMT 360
MGMT 451 Organizational Behavior (3)
MKTG 270 Principles of Marketing (3) *was MKTG 310
PARA 470 Government Benefits (3)
POL 221 Minnesota State and Local Government (3)
POL 340 Public Administration (3)
POL 341 Public Policy (3)
PSY 265 Health Psychology (3)
PSY 463 Abnormal Psychology (3)
SOC 120 Social Psychology (3)
SOC 310 Dominant-Subordinate Group Relations (3)
SOC 320 Sociology of the Family (3)
SOC 375 Sociology of Health and Medicine (3)
SOC 412 Sociology of Complex Organizations (3)
SW 411 Chemical Dependency (3)
SW 460 Social Policy and Policy Practice (3)
SW 490 Topics in Social Work (1-3)