Aging and Health Minor (AGH-MN)

UMass Dartmouth is pleased to offer a minor in Aging and Health.

The Aging and Health Minor is designed for degree candidates from any college in the university who want to specialize in the gerontological aspects of their discipline or to understand the aging process more fully.

"I would recommend any student to become a Aging & Health minor. With advancing health and technology, the life expectancy has become longer, which in return is making an impact on the healthcare system." -- Angelica Royer, College of Nursing

Since courses are offered predominantly in the daytime and are not necessarily available every year, programs of study require careful planning and consultation with the Director of the Aging and Health Minor.

NEW Updated Requirements by the University require 9 credits of the 18 credits to be 300-400-level and be minor-specific. The other 9 credits should still be substantively related yet can be from other disciplines at the 100-200-level. Curriculum available here: Aging and Health Flyer April2015 n6, as originally approved, with newer revision underway for Fall 2017.

Coursework (18 Total Credits; composed of 6 courses at 3 credits each)

Core Courses (2)

PSY 301                 Adulthood & Aging
PSY 220*               Lifespan Development

PSY 475                 Cognitive Health & Changes with Age (will be offered as Psy490.03 in Spring 2017)
3xx/4xx**             Course relevant to Adults (restrictions apply)

Electives (4)

Health and Biology (2 of 16 course options from AGH, BIO, CHM, MLS, NUR, PSY, SOA)

Society and Diversity (1 of 16 course options from AAS, AGH, CJS, ECO, LCE, POR, PHL and SOA)

Ethics or Data Analytics or Fieldwork (1 of 12 course options from AGH, BIO, ECO, MTH, PHL and PSY)


Important Notes for the Minor:

1) 9 of the 18 credits must be at the 300-400-level and be minor-specific. It is recommended to take courses such as Psy301 (Fall), Psy490.03 (Spring), and AGH302 or Aging and Disability (Spring). Additional upper-level options exist, as needed, for independent study (e.g., AGH495).

2) *It is not recommended to take Psy220, as it is not upper-level and will not help to satisfy the rule above. ** Recommend AGH302 or inquire with Director.

3) If a psychology major, then three of the four elective courses (9 credits) must come from non-psychology courses.

Course Descriptions are available in COIN or in the UMass Dartmouth catalog.

Spring 2017 Registration: Recommend AGH 302 for all, as well as PSY490.03 for psychology majors or AGH311 for non-majors.

For general questions, please contact us at: If you would like to complete the Minor in Aging & Health, please fill out this AGH Minor Request Form and send it to us.