Gerontology Minor

Pictured: Gerontology students conduct independent and collaborative research with faculty & peers. Pictured, undergraduate psychology major/Gerontology minor, Nia Gipson, presents her student/faculty collaborative summer research findings at the Gerontol illustration

Gerontology is an interdisciplinary field of study concerned with the physical, mental and social aspects of life and aging. The Gerontology minor provides a knowledge base in human aging that can complement any major and can be applied across a wide range of occupations and professions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics has targeted the field of Gerontology as one of the highest growth areas for jobs in the future.

You will explore aging processes that occur biologically, psychologically and socially. The minor will also provide exposure to ethical thinking, spirituality, policy and social support considerations, cross-cultural factors and health care issues. Your internship experience will give you a chance to try gerontology work within your field of study.

The Gerontology minor offered through the Center for the Study of Aging at McDaniel College is the first in the nation to be designated as a Program of Merit by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). Program of Merit status indicates the program has voluntarily undergone a review by AGHE and was found to adhere to or exceed national guidelines, expectations and practices in gerontology education.

Learn more about the Gerontology Minor in the online catalog »

Key features of the program include:

  • Enables students to gain an interdisciplinary understanding of aging processes.
  • Knowledge to pursue a career in the growing field of Gerontology related to chosen undergraduate major.
  • Opportunities to see connection between classroom learning and real-world applicability.

Declaration of minor and advising:

If you are interested in declaring the minor, we encourage you to meet with the coordinator of the Gerontology program to discuss course requirements and sequencing, internship placements and possible careers. You can declare the minor in Gerontology by submitting the major/minor declaration form to the registrar’s office. Although not required, you are also encouraged to select the program coordinator as your advisor for the minor. The declaration of Major/Minor/Advisor form is available in the Registrar’s Office.


Dr. Diane Martin

Diane Martin, Ph.D., Director
The Center for the Study of Aging
Program Coordinator, Gerontology