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Center for the Studies on Aging
Senior Hall 231
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.4584
fax: 509.359.6475

Minor in Aging Studies

The Center for Studies in Aging, administratively located within the School of Social Work and Human Services, serves as the coordinating entity for the university's mutidisciplinary Aging Studies minor. This program draws upon the university's existing resources in such fields as social work, sociology, biology, psychology, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, health sciences, recreation and leisure services, physical education, economics and various ethnic minority programs. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in the development, management and provision of services to older persons. Another major thrust of activity, at present, is directed toward increasing the number of aging-related courses by departments of the university. With this accomplished, students interested in careers in the field of aging, either as practitioners or researchers, will have opportunities to expand their knowledge of aging along with their chosen discipline.

What will I study?

Required Courses (14-16 credits)

AGST 310 Multidisciplinary Studies in Aging (5)
AGST 410 Minority Perspectives in Aging (3)

Select two of the following courses (6-9 credits)

BIOL 343 Biology of Aging (3)
ECON 498 Economics of Aging (3)
SOCI 484 Sociology of Aging (5)
SOWK 455 Social Policy and Programs in Aging (3)

Electives (6-9 credits)

Select from the following list of courses or courses from the above list not already taken:
SOWK 456 The Older Woman (3)
SOWK 457 Clinical Assessment in Aging (3)
SOWK 458 Perspectives on Death and Dying (3)
Field practicum: 5 credit minimum may apply

Note: students in the physical sciences will be required to take courses in the social sciences and students in the social sciences will be required to take courses in the physical sciences.

Note: the Council on Social Work Education does not accredit minors.

What could I do with my degree?

  • Management of public and private agencies serving older persons;
  • Administration of residential care facilities for the elderly;
  • Management and direction of social, leisure, and health services to older persons.
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