This interdisciplinary minor prepares students in any discipline to work in a rapidly changing population.
According to the U.S. census, Iowa has an increasing proporation of people who are 60 years and over. The number of Iowans who are 80 years and older is increasing more rapidly than any other age group. Iowa's proportion of older adults in the population exceeds that of the U.S. as a whole.
Nationally, Iowa ranks:
- Second in percentage of persons aged 85+ (2.2%)
- Third in percentage of persons aged 75+ (7.7%)
- Fourth in percentage of persons aged 65+ (14.9%)
- Fourth in percentage of persons aged 60+ (19.0%)
Interdisciplinary gerontology emerges naturally from Briar Cliff's mission and vision, where students are passionate about social justice and are learning about issues of social justice for older people. The BCU community's ability to respond to an aging population can and will be driven by the Franciscan values of the university.