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Aging ,Minor

Aging, Minor

Age, Communication, Community, Gerontology, Human Behavior, Human Development, Psychology, law, sociology

Are you passionate about caring for older adults? Learn how to improve the well-being of our rapidly growing senior population and gain expertise in this high-demand area.


People are living longer. While this represents one of the crowning achievements of the last century, it is also a significant challenge. Longer lives must be planned for.

ASU's minor program in aging offers students the opportunity to create positive differences in the lives of older adults. This program helps students develop the tools and mindset that enable them to anticipate challenges in existing social structures at every level as the proportion of retired adults increases faster than that of persons in the workforce. Students learn to develop solutions for an aging population's needs in areas of personal finance, transportation, increased demands for health care, assisted-living options, and recreation.

At a Glance
Program Requirements

The minor in aging consists of 15 credit hours, including 12 credit hours of upper-division coursework. At least six upper-division credit hours must be completed through coursework in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. All courses used to fulfill the requirements of this minor must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Introductory Coursework (choose one) -- 3 credit hours
Aging Core (choose two) -- 6 credit hours
Upper-Division Aging Electives (choose two) -- 6 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BS in aging

Other Enrollment Requirements: None.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Career Opportunities

The minor in aging is a pathway to a career researching, developing policies or providing services to older populations. Employment in associated career fields is expected to increase commensurately with the needs of a growing and diverse population. People working with aging populations are employed in public and private agencies dealing with a wide variety of social issues, including:

  • access to health care
  • assisted-living facilities and management
  • education
  • disabilities
  • discrimination
  • elder abuse and family support
  • health, mental health and end-of-life decisions
  • housing
  • recreational opportunities
  • transportation
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