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Gerontology Minor and Certificate Program

As the first gerontology program in the state of Rhode Island, RIC’s multidisciplinary program leads to a Minor or Certificate in gerontology and equips students with a systematic grounding in the study of aging, enabling graduates to successfully work in settings that provide services or advocacy to an aged population. It is open to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students and can be combined with any major. Matriculating students who complete the course requirements will receive a Minor in Gerontology; non-matriculants will receive a Certificate in Gerontology. The course requirements are the same for the Minor and the Certificate. Courses on aging are offered through the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Education, Nursing and Social Work.

Rhode Island College Certificate Program/Minor in Gerontology Interest Form

REQUIRED COURSES

Students will be required to complete the following courses:

1.  Sociology 217:  Sociology of Aging  
4 credits
2.  Nursing 314:  Health and aging (Also known as Gerontology 314) 4 credits
3.  Sociology 320:  Aging and the Law
3 credits
4.  Practicum experience through an established means such as Political Science 327, 328; Sociology 315; Social Work 436, 437; Nursing 223.  Students who are NEITHER Social Work NOR Nursing majors should enroll in Political Science courses or see the gerontology coordinator. 3 credits minimum
  Minimum of 15 credits

ELECTIVE COURSES

Students are required to take at least 2 of the following courses:

Nursing 312:  Death and Dying 3 credits
Health and Physical Education 451:  Recreation and Aging 3 credits
Psychology 339:  Psychology of Aging 4 credits
Sociology 303:  Fountain of Age 4 credits
Sociology 314:  The Sociology of Health and Illness 4 credits
  Minimum of 6 credits

COURSE OFFERINGS - FALL 2020

REQUIRED COURSES

Gerontology/Nursing 314/01
Health & Aging (Distance) 4 credits Staff
Gerontology/Nursing 314/02
Health & Aging (Distance) 4 credits Evans (Erica)
Sociology 217/01
Sociology of Aging Wed. 10 a.m - 11:50 a.m (hybrid) 4 credits Ciambrone
Sociology 320/01
Aging and the Law (Distance) 3 credits Filinson

FIELDWORK
Political Science 328/01 Field Experiences in the Public Sector,​​ Tu, Fri 12:00-1:50 p.m. (hybrid)
4 credits
Staff
Sociology 315/01 Community Distance learning 4 credits Filinson

See also practicum/field experiences listed under Nursing and Social Work if you are one of these majors.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE
COORDINATOR OF THE GERONTOLOGY PROGRAM.

FOR MORE INFORMATION WRITE OR CALL:
Telephone:  456-8732
or contact rfilinson@ric.edu 
Professor Rachel Filinson
Gerontology Center
Rhode Island College, Gaige 348​
Providence, RI  02908

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Page last updated: March 25, 2020