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Knowledge of aging can improve interactions with those at various and different stages in the adult life course. In the process, it can help individuals understand and anticipate their own adult lives. The available courses in the minor open up the world of public policy development in preparation for employment in fields related to aging or that work with aging populations. They also include the biological and cultural aspects of aging and the end of life that teaches students about the complex interaction of individual perspective, sociocultural contexts, and the physical realities of the human body through the latter part of the life course.
The minor is designed to appeal to students whose major academic preparation is in any field that may work with older populations. Examples include sociology, psychology, social work, business, education, nursing, public administration, biology, economics, political science, health sciences, or recreation.
For more information, contact the Sociology Department in person at 2172 AuSable Hall or by phone at (616) 331-3730.
Students who wish to minor in aging and adult life are required to complete 21 hours in the minor. At least three credit hours (one course) must be completed in each category.