James Madison University


The interdisciplinary minor in gerontology is designed for any undergraduate major desiring a concentration of study in gerontology of personal understanding or career preparation. This minor program requires 18 credit hours:

  • GERN/SOCI 280 - Social Gerontology
  • GERN 305 - Programs and Services for the Elderly
  • GERN 400 - Skills and Techniques in Gerontological Assessment
  • Major Elective (a course supporting the student's major or related field of study with 50% of the course content in gerontology)
  • GERN 495 - Field Experience/ Seminar, the capstone course in the minor.
  • Minor Elective (must be a course in which the content is at least 50 percent in gerontology)

A complete listing of all core and elective courses is available in the Social Work department section of the official JMU Undergraduate Catalog at:


Dr. BJ Bryson
Email:  brysonbj@jmu.edu
Office:  HHS# 2137