CSULB is one of 10 CSU campuses to offer a minor in Gerontology. The minor is a 15-unit program that provides students with a specialization that can be applied to their major area of study. In addition to 2 required Gerontology courses and an internship, students may choose among a comprehensive list of electives from departments across campus. Upon completion of the Gerontology minor, students will be able to:
- Relate gerontology concepts and principles to issues within their major field of study
- Explain ageism within their major field of study and generate techniques to dispel ageism and age-based discrimination
- Apply theories of adult growth and development, biological changes with aging, and culture and aging within their major field of study, using the biopsychosocial model as an organizing framework
- Apply concepts and skills related to aging in field experiences with older adults and families
Students working on either the certificate or minor complete a 120-hour internship to reinforce classroom material and provide a hands-on opportunity to work with older adults in a variety of settings such as senior centers, assisted living facilities, hospice, non-profit organizations, and government settings. Many courses include a service learning component, providing additional opportunities for real-life, real-time, out-of-classroom learning.