College Record 2020-2021

Gerontology Minor

Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology


Several programs at Keuka College prepare students to work in organizations that address problems and everyday needs of older people. Examples of these programs are nursing, occupational therapy, education, social work, and management. The minor in gerontology addresses characteristics and lifestyles of older people served by many graduates of these programs. Students study a wide range of issues that impact the older person’s life, including those related to health, illness, and disability. Students focus on biological, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, financial, historical, leisure, public policy, and other contextual factors that affect older people’s lives.

The minor in gerontology is coordinated by the Division of Nursing.

Minor Requirements

Complete all of the following:

GRN-101Intro to Social Gerontology


GRN-301Perspectives on Aging


SOC-344/CFS-344Sociology of the Family


Total Credit Hours:9

Complete one of the following:

NUR-311Genetics in Nursing


GRN-220Issues in Death and Dying


GRN-399Independent Study


PSY-251/CFS-251Adulthood and Aging


GRN-201Sociology of Aging


Total Credit Hours:3

Gerontology Elective: Complete one additional 3 credit Gerontology elective approved by your advisor.

Total Credit Hours:3

Field Period: Complete a Gerontology Field Period after taking GRN-101 & GRN-301.

Total Credit Hours:3

* Also fulfills a General Education requirement; Cannot be counted twice in the credit total

† Liberal Arts Credit

  • Complete a total of 15 credits
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • Achieve a minor GPA of 2.00
  • Complete one field period in the minor area, for an additional 3 credits
  • Complete the minor requirements
  • At least 1/3 of the coursework completed at Keuka College

The student is ultimately responsible for ensuring that all degree requirements are met satisfactorily.