Gerontology Minor

Programs for Gerontology Studies

The Gerontology Program offers a minor in Gerontology. Minor requirements are described in the section of the Molloy College Catalog 2011- 13 on minors.

The mission of the Gerontology Program at Molloy College is to develop learning opportunities that provide students with information that will become the basis for an approach to older adults that celebrates aging. Through informed personal lifestyle choices and acquired professional competencies students will exhibit attitudes and behaviors that will address the critical needs of society increasingly defined by an aging population.


The Gerontology Studies Program goals are:

  • Students will address ageism through study in multidisciplinary course offerings which utilize a biopsychosocial and spiritual perspective firmly grounded in the academic tradition of scholarly inquiry.
  • Students will acquire specialized knowledge and skills to address issues of aging as preparation for career application, graduate studies or personal growth and development.

This 18-20 credit minor is multidisciplinary. The minor is available to any undergraduate enrolled in a degree program, and can be seen as an enrichment to undergraduate majors such as business, social work, nursing, sociology, psychology and other fields that will be impacted by the growing numbers of older adults. The one-semester field placement of 100 hours with integrative class seminars could include diverse experiences in settings such as elder law offices, social or medical model day care centers, travel agencies, senior centers or skilled nursing facilities.

Required Courses


GRN 201 Introduction to Gerontology


GRN 350 Practicum/Field Placement I


Complete 10+ credits* from the following:


GRN 202 Nutrition and Aging


GRN 228 Aging and Mental Health


GRN 234 Film Festival on Aging


GRN 241 Substance Abuse of the Elderly


GRN 242 Network of Care


GRN 243 Elder Abuse


GRN 253/SOC 253 Aging in Society


GRN 262/SOC 262 Sociology of Death and Dying


GRN 300 Aging - A Marketing Perspective


GRN 312/BIO 312 Biology of Aging


GRN 327/NUR 327 Geriatric Assessment and Evaluation


GRN 390 Topics in Gerontology




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