Please contact the Sociology Department at 2172 AuSable Hall, (616)331-3730.
Knowledge of aging can improve interactions with those at various and different stages in the adult life course. In the process, it can help the individual understand and anticipate their own adult lives. The available courses in the minor open up the world of public policy development in preparation for employment in fields related to aging or that work with aging populations. They also include the biological and cultural aspects of aging and the end of life that teaches students about the complex interaction of individual perspective, socio-cultural contexts, and the physical realities of the human body through the latter part of the life course.
This minor is designed to appeal to those students whose major academic preparation is in any field that may work with older populations. Examples include sociology, psychology, social work, business, education, nursing, public administration, biology, economics, political science, health sciences or recreation.