Prepare to work with a rapidly changing population, in any discipline, with this interdisciplinary minor.
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.
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.
A 50-hour gerontology internship is required for the gerontology minor. The internship may also be used for other departmental internship requirements. Internships are supervised by faculty in the student's major department.