The Gerontology minor at Shippensburg University exposes you to many different disciplines - biology, psychology, sociology, humanities, social work - and are shown how aging relates to each. Graduates with a gerontology minor can show employers they have what it takes to serve the growing population of older adults. Knowledge about aging-related topics that address economic, political and social issues such as prescription drug benefits, social security, mandatory retirement ages, and the impact of Alzheimer's Disease can help you make informed decisions and contribute to both your employer and the well being of older adults in general.
To gain practical experience working with older adults, gerontology minors complete a required internship. Internships are broadly defined and we try to place our students in settings that match their career goals. For example, business oriented students can gain experience with a local business to learn about retirement planning, agency administration, or put their accounting skills to work. Ship's gerontology minor gives you the necessary tools to fulfill your educational goals.
In addition to internships, the gerontology program encourages you to volunteer your time to visit older people in nursing homes, help solicit signatures for later-life political initiatives, deliver meals to seniors who have mobility problems, or just sit down and talk with older adults at area senior community centers. These hands-on experiences with older adults provide unique opportunities to learn about the lives of older adults and what you can do to improve their quality of life.