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Aging and Adult Life Minor

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 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.

This 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, please contact the Sociology Department at 2172 AuSable Hall, (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.

Category One: Aging

Category Two: End of Life

Category Three: Health Care Institutions and Policy

Aging and Adult Life Program Description

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