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As the needs of 72 million Baby Boomers evolve, the study of aging is becoming more vital than ever before. This transition makes a background in gerontology an excellent asset for a wide range of careers, from social work to nursing to occupational therapy and other professions.

St. Scholastica’s Insights on Aging

Our Gerontology minor is built on a solid 30-year foundation. Professors from several different departments teach courses in the program, providing a unique, diverse perspective on the field.

Through the coursework of this program, you’ll engage in topics like spirituality and aging, the U.S. healthcare system, and mental health and aging. You’ll also gain hands-on learning experience through the Gerontology Directed Applied Project (GERO-DAP).

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Benedictine Scholarship

All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

Financial Aid

100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of scholarships. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

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Visit our Catalog to view the program and course requirements. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

Research and Internships

Through the Gerontology Directed Applied Project (GERO-DAP), you’ll take the knowledge you learned in the classroom and put it to work in appropriate settings. Students have completed projects at several agencies, including the Benedictine Living Community of Duluth, Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging, the Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Edgewood Vista Senior Living and Retirement and the Essentia Health – Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center.

Career Outlook

The number of adults 65 and older is growing faster than any other population segment. Since aging brings specific challenges and opportunities that warrant specialized services and care, those with a gerontology background are essential in every profession: medical, social, financial, administrative, residential and hospitality services.

Recent graduates with a gerontology minor have pursued graduate studies in gerontology or various careers:

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Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.