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Academic Program > Major and Minor Fields of Study > Gerontology

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Director Cheryl L. Krueckeberg

Ours is a time of dramatic changes in population demographics. One significant change is the growing number of elders in our own country and in most of the rest of the world. By 2030, older people are projected to make up 25 percent of the U.S. population (doubling today's numbers). As citizens and workers, we need to know how to meet the multiple needs of older adults - both frail and thriving ones. We also need to learn how to encourage their potential contributions to improving our world.

The gerontology program at Manchester College allows students to explore the physical, psychological, social, environmental, financial and spiritual aspects of aging. Students are given an array of learning opportunities - classroom exercises and activities, field trips, service learning, interviewing of elders, and if desired, even practicums or internships in aging-related settings.

Students can elect a minor or an associate degree in gerontology. They work closely with a program advisor to tailor their studies to complement career aspirations in various fields. Successful graduates of the program can work in social work, psychology, business, health care, politics, media. transportation and housing, education, arts, leisure, and in many other occupations.

Baccalaureate Degree
Minor in gerontology, 24-26 hours: BIOL 102 or 204; INTD 450; PSYC 110; 338; SOC 101, SOC/SOWK 220; two electives (6-7 hours) chosen from: ACCT 331; BUS 313; COMM 210, 308; FIN 340; ESS 363, 335, 343; NPM 201, 301; PSYC 325, 341, 475; SOC 222, 233; SOWK 110, 275, selected in consultation with advisor and approval of gerontology program chair.

Associate of Arts Degree
Major in gerontology, 34 hours: SOC 101, 220; INTD 450; SOWK 110, 274, 275, 334; ESS 200; (PSYC 110) PSYC 338; three hours in electives in recreation or crafts selected in consultation with advisor.

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