Gerontology Minor

Terry Fernsler, Gerontology Advisor
Office: HBS Building, Room 2073
235 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

Lisa E. McGuire, Coordinator

The cross-disciplinary minor in gerontology is designed for undergraduate students from any major seeking a focal area of study on issues and dynamics of human aging for personal understanding or career preparation. The minor program requires 18 credit hours including 9 credits of required courses and 9 credits of approved electives. No more than six credit hours may be from the student's major. For more information about specific courses that fulfill requirements for the Gerontology minor, please go to the James Madison University undergraduate catalog for 2018-2019 found at and put Gerontology in the search box.

Spring 2020 Information Session Dates

To declare the Gerontology minor, you will need to attend one of the group advising sessions listed below: For more information, contact Terrence (Terry) Fernsler at

  • Friday, March 20, 2020,  4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in HBS Conference Room 2043
  • Monday, March 30, 2020, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in HBS Conference Room 2043
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in HBS Conference Room 2043

Required Courses

Information about required courses for the gerontology minor.
Required Courses Credit Hours
GERN/SOCI 280. Social Gerontology (Health Services Administration majors
may substitute HSA 290: Gerontology for Health Services Administration)
GERN 305. Programs and Services for the Elderly1 3
GERN 495. Field Experience/Seminar1 3

Elective Courses

Choose 9 credit hours from the following approved courses.

Information about elective course options for the gerontology minor.
Elective Courses Credit Hours
GERN/FAM/SOWK 375. Grant Writing for Agencies 3
GERN 450. Palliative and Hospice Care: And Interdisciplinary Approach 3
GERN 487. Special Topics in Gerontology 3
GERN 490. Special Studies in Gerontology 1 - 3
FAM 335. Parent-Child Relationships Across the Lifespan1 3
HTH 378. Uses and Effects of Drugs1 3
HTH 471. Health Aspects of Gerontology 3
IPE 220. Adult Health and Development Program 3
IPE/NSG 415. Ethical Decision-Making in Healthcare: An Interprofessional Approach 1
NSG 310. Helping Persons in Pain 2
NSG 313: Issues and Applications of Family 1 - 2
NSG 322. Integrative Health Care 1
NSG 328. Life, Death, and the Dash Between 1
NSG 391. Living Successfully with Chronic Illness 3
PSYC 304. Death and Dying: Thanatology1 3
BIO 301. Introductory Neuroscience1 3