2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
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
- BMS 375 - The Biology of Aging (3 credits)
- NUR 344 - Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Journey (3 credits)
- PSY 366 - Perspectives on Aging (3 credits)
- RTX 316 - Recreational Therapy for Older Adults (3 credits)
- SOC 388 - Middle Age and Aging (3 credits)
- SOC 430 - Aging in Place(s): Growing Old in the Community (3 credits)
Category Two: End of Life
- BMS 374 - Physiological Aspects of Death and Dying (3 credits)
- ENG 386 - Literary Responses to Death and Dying (3 credits)
- NUR 354 - Living with Life-limiting Illness (3 credits)
- PHI 341 - Philosophy of Death and Dying (3 credits)
- SOC 386 - Death and Dying (3 credits)
- SPA 307 - Death and Dying in Hispanic Literature (3 credits)
Category Three: Health Care Institutions and Policy
- AHS 321 - Ethical and Legal Responsibilities in Health Care (3 credits)
- AHS 340 - Health Care Management (3 credits)
- COM 209 - Health Communication Systems (3 credits)
- ECO 343 - Health Economics (3 credits)
- HST 370 - History of Medicine and Health (3 credits)
- PNH 310/PLS 310 - Politics and Health Policy (3 credits)
- PNH 330 - Health Care Financing (3 credits)
- SOC 286 - Health and Society (3 credits)