Gerontology Minor

The Gerontology Minor is a program open to all undergraduates in a multidisciplinary field that is professionally diverse and rapidly growing.

Students from any major at Cornell University who complete the 12 required credits can achieve an undergraduate gerontology minor. One of two (3-credit) core courses and nine additional credits must be taken to complete the minor.

Student Christine Cheng with Lakeside Nursing Home resident

The undergraduate gerontology minor program also offers opportunities to become involved in research projects with faculty in the Bronfenbrenner Center and throughout the University. In addition, junior and senior students can apply to work as a teaching assistant for gerontology courses.

An experiential learning opportunity is strongly recommended as it allows students to apply the substantive content presented in the classroom to work in the world beyond the university. A wide variety of appropriate field placements can be arranged, either locally, in New York City or in Washington, DC.

To apply to the minor, please complete the online Gerontology Minor Registration Form. You may download the registration form PDF for your records. Please contact Corinna Loeckenhoff and Leslie Schultz with any questions.

For more information contact:
Corinna Loeckenhoff, Director, Gerontology Minor, HD, G227 MVR Hall,, 607-255-2260

2020–2021 Kendal Scholarship

Matthew Luebke (Human Development, ’22) was awarded the Kendal at Ithaca Scholarship for 2020–2021. This scholarship was established by an anonymous Kendal resident for students with a concentration in gerontology who are involved in research and outreach activities and anticipate a career in a related field.

Gerontology Certificate: late 1980s-2010

Prior to the approval of the Gerontology Minor in fall 2010, the College of Human Ecology offered a Gerontology Certificate. More than 170 students received certificates during that time.

Spring 2021 Courses

DEA Designing Age-Friendly Environments
TR 9:40am – 10:55am, Feb 8 – May 14, 2021, Loebach, J.

HD 3290 – Self-Regulation across the Life Span
Online Meeting, TR 8:05am – 9:20am, Feb 8 – May 14, 2021, Loeckenhoff, C.

HD 4120 – Social Policy for an Aging Society
Online Meeting, MW 2:45pm – 4:00pm, Feb 8 – May 14, 2021, Pillemer, K.

NS 1220 – Nutrition and the Life Cycle
Online Meeting, MWF 1:30pm – 2:20pm, Feb 8 – May 14, 2021, Barrow, J, Johnson, E.

NS 4500 – Public Health Nutrition
Online Meeting, MWF 11:20am – 12:10pm, Feb 8 – May 14, 2021, Rasmussen, K.

PAM 3780 – Sick Around the World? Comparing Health Care Systems Around the World
Online Meeting, MW 9:40am – 10:55am, Feb 8 – May 14, 2021, Ziebarth, N.

PAM 5500 – Collaborative Modeling Methods for Policy and Program Evaluation
TR 1:00pm – 2:15pm, Feb 8 – May 14, 2021, Trochim, W.

PAM 5740 – Short Course in Fundamentals of Health Facility Planning for Managers
Online Meeting, F 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Feb 19, 2021; S 9:00am – 5:00pm, Feb 20, 2021,  Hollis, B.

Ithaca College Courses

If interested in exploring coursework at Ithaca College, please see their Spring 2021 gerontology course listings. If you are would like to take an Ithaca College course for credit at Cornell and in the Gerontology Minor, please contact Corinna Loeckenhoff and Leslie Schultz. 


Experiential Learning Opportunities

Students are encouraged to take advantage of “experiential learning” opportunities in order to apply the substantive content presented in the classroom to work beyond the university.  A variety of appropriate experiences can be arranged through placements in Ithaca (i.e. local health care facilities, senior centers, retirement communities and Office for the Aging), in New York City (The Urban Semester), in Washington, D.C. (Cornell in Washington) and in other countries (Cornell Abroad Program).  The Cornell Elderly Partnership and Project Generations also offer opportunities to connect with local elders.  Undergraduates may also become involved in research projects.