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, G60B MVR Hall,, 607-255-2260

2019–2020 Kendal Scholarship

Karlee Patrick (Human Development, ’20) was awarded the Kendal at Ithaca Scholarship for 2019–2020. 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 2020 Courses

HD 3290 – Self-Regulation across the Life Span
TR 8:40am-9:55pm, Loeckenhoff, C.

NS 1220 – Nutrition and the Life Cycle
MWF 1:25pm – 2:15pm, Barrow, J. and Johnson, E.

NS 4500 – Public Health Nutrition
MWF 11:15am – 12:05pm, Rasmussen, K.

PAM 3780 – Sick Around the World? Comparing Health Care Systems Around the World
MW 10:10am – 11:25am, Ziebarth, N.

Ithaca College Courses

 Spring 2020 Ithaca College gerontology courses are listed below. If you are interested in taking a course at Ithaca College for credit at Cornell and in the Gerontology Minor, please contact Corinna Loeckenhoff and Leslie Schultz.

GERO-10100 – Introduction to Aging Studies (3)
TR 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Valdez Taves                                                  

GERO-19501 – Age Matters (3)
MWF 11:00am – 11:50pm, Bergman                           
MWF 12:00pm – 12:50pm, Bergman           

GERO-19502 The Journey of Aging (3)
MWF 10:00am – 10:50am, Erickson 

GERO-21000 Health & Aging (3)
TR 10:50am – 12:05pm, Valdez Taves                                              

GERO-23400 Music in Hospice Care (3)
M 6:15pm – 8:45pm, Demakos                          

GERO-29010 Fieldwork in Gerontology (3)
M 4:00pm – 5:15pm, Kendall                             

GERO-3100 Mindfulness & Aging (3)
TR 9:25am – 10:40am, Erickson                         

GERO-31900 Aging and Social Policy (3)
MWF 2:00pm – 2:50pm, Erickson                      

GERO-38000 End of Life Issues (3)
MWF 9:00am – 9:50am, Bergman

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.