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The interdisciplinary Gerontology minor provides students with a background in theoretical, as well as empirical research, and also applied/professional knowledge relevant to an aging society. Although issues and problems of later life are a prominent focus in the minor, social gerontologists view aging as a life-long process which is shaped by social, historical economic, political, cultural, and even organizational factors.

Why Study Gerontology?

Sociologists study the behavior of people within social groups such as families, organizations, and communities. They analyze the patterns of social, political, religious, and business organizations and the influence of these groups on the total society. Sociologists also conduct research to discover the causes of social problems such as crime, divorce, poverty, and racism.

Application Information

Minors can only be declared by current Illinois State students. Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

Application Period

Applications always accepted.

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