Gerontology Certificate

(All colleges, open only to degree-seeking UWL students)

12 credits with at least three credits from the core and the remaining credits from the core, supportive courses, or other gerontology-related coursework approved by the Gerontology Steering Committee.


Select three credits from the following:3
Health Aspects of Aging
Generations and Age in the Social World
Total Credits3

Supportive courses

Select at least nine credits from the following:9
Family Communication
Communication and Aging
Health Communication
Health Economics
Fitness Across the Lifespan
The U.S. Health Care System
Health Aspects of Aging (if not used in the core)
Medical Ethics
Adulthood (if not used in the core)
Aging and the Elderly
Death, Dying, and Bereavement
Clinical Neuropsychology
Health Policy
Diagnostic Groups in Recreational Therapy
Recreational Therapy for Older Adults
Leisure Education in Therapeutic Recreation
Generations and Age in the Social World (if not used in the core)
Sociology of Mental Illness
Sociological Aspects of Work and Life
Health Care and Illness
Total Credits9

The core courses focus on older adults. Supportive courses do not exclusively focus on older adults but support an improved understanding of older adults. The Gerontology Steering Committee will consider experimental courses, workshops, independent study, and for-credit field experience as part of the core when the course faculty affirm that the course focuses on the lives of older adults or as supportive courses when the course faculty describes how the course indirectly supports learning about the lives of older adults.