Gerontology Multidisciplinary Minor

The gerontology multidisciplinary minor (GMM) provides students with the opportunity to examine and evaluate the aging process as it affects the individual and society within the United States and in the world. Through a multidisciplinary course selection, students develop an understanding of aging from a variety of perspectives with a focus on how people age physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. Students are encouraged to analyze the historical and philosophical foundation from which policies, programs, and professional activities affecting the aged are developed, implemented, and evaluated. The purpose of GMM is to prepare students as they enter their career fields on the effects that the growing elderly population will have in every component of modern life. 

To complete a minor in gerontology students are required to take a minimum of 20 credits.

  • Special Topic courses on aging-related topics can be used for the minor if approved by the minor coordinator
  • The minor follows UNH's policy on minors. Following University policy, students must complete 20 credit hours with a grade of C- or better and a 2.00 grade point average.
  • Students must submit a Certification of Completion of Minor form during their final semester to the minor coordinator: Dr. BoRin Kim in the Department of Social Work.
Required Courses
EXSC 607Biology of Aging4
GERO 500I'm Old, So What! An introduction to aging in the United States4
Select three courses from the following:12
Globalization and Global Population Health
Independent Study 2
Adult Development and Aging
Practicum 1
Special Topics
Lifetime Sports
Human Development, Interaction and Learning Across the Lifespan
Death and Dying
Nutrition in Health and Well Being
Field Experience in Nutrition 1
Life Cycle Nutrition
Clinical Nutrition
Function and Wellbeing of Older Adults
Developmental Tasks of Adulthood
Law, Medicine, and Ethics
Therapeutic Recreation Rehabilitation Principles & Interventions
Recreation Management and Policy Practicum 1
Social Demography
You've Got Your Troubles, I've Got Mine
Aging and Society
Social Work Internship Experience 1
Social Work Internship Experience II 1
Total Credits20

Up to 4 credits from the practicum courses including HDFS 707 PracticumNUTR 600 Field Experience in NutritionRMP 563 Recreation Management and Policy PracticumSW 740 Social Work Internship Experience or SW 741 Social Work Internship Experience II can be used for GMM if a student did their internship at aging-related institutions.


GERO 795 Independent Study is not a required course but up to 4 credits can be used toward GMM. GERO 795 is used by students and faculty as an option for creating an individual experience relating to aging. A faculty member must approve and oversee (mentor) the student's work. Additionally, the GMM coordinator must also approve of the proposal and retain a copy. A copy of the proposal and the final copy will be kept in the student's major academic folder.