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St. Scholastica’s gerontology minor is built on a solid 30-year foundation. As the needs of 72 million Baby Boomers evolve, the study of aging is becoming more vital than ever before. This makes a background in gerontology an excellent asset for a wide range of careers, from social work to nursing to occupational therapy and much more.

Professors from several different departments teach courses in the gerontology program, providing a unique, diverse perspective on the field. You’ll gain hands-on learning experience through the Gerontology Directed Applied Project. Coursework will include engaging topics like spirituality and aging, the U.S. healthcare system, and mental health and aging.

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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 financial aid. 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), students take their textbook knowledge and put it to work in a variety of appropriate settings. Students in the GERO-DAP have completed projects at several various 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 years and older is growing faster than any other segment of the population. Since aging brings with it 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 study in gerontology or careers in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Nursing, Exercise Physiology, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

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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.