Older adults are living longer than any other time in history. By 2035, older adults will outnumber children. There is a genuine need for social work students to be adequately trained to meet the needs of older adults in settings including: medical, hospice, long-term care, rehabilitation, home and community-based services, behavioral health, corrections, criminal justice, research and policy analysis, program development, advocacy, education, and training.

The Social Work Minor in Aging will provide an opportunity for undergraduate social work students to obtain skills and knowledge in gerontology. Their classroom training will culminate in a field practicum in an agency that serves older adults. In this setting, students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have learned in the classroom and acquire direct practice skills by interacting with clients in the field with the support of an agency field instructor. This will prepare students to work with the aging population after graduation.


The Social Work Minor in Aging is open to Undergraduate Social Work Students only. It includes 22 total credits, including the following required courses and electives:

Required Courses (already required for the Social Work program)
SOC WRK 250Human Behavior and the Social Environment3
SOC WRK 421Field Education & Integrated Field Seminar I5
SOC WRK 422Field Education & Integrated Seminar II5
Choose three courses from those listed below:9
Aged to Perfection: Introduction to the Study of Aging
Social Services for the Aging
Death and Dying
Social Gerontology
Total Credits22