The Programs in Biology; Nursing; Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; Sociology; and Social Work offer an interdisciplinary Minor in Applied Gerontology. The Minor is designed to enhance the student's knowledge base in gerontology for both personal growth and professional advancement. The Minor offers the student understanding of causal linkages between the changes in biological functioning and their psychosocial adaptations. The Minor also addresses the manner in which one can effectively deal with the changes of aging while still maintaining a productive life. Any course that is offered by the Southeastern Gerontology Consortium [SGC] is automatically approved for the Minor. For more information about the SGC, see www.uncp.edu/gerontology.
In order to successfully complete the Minor in Applied Gerontology, the student is required to enroll in a field practicum within his/her major. The internship must be completed under the auspices of an institution or agency whose primary function is related to the elderly population.