Aging and Health Minor (AGH-MN)

The third objective of the Education area of our mission is to provide information from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) about how to apply for their Aging and Health Minor.

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 Gerontology Center.

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. Please contact Professor Revell for the curriculum and flyers.

Aging and Health Minor

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 gerontology (now "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

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 (to be offered as Psy490.03 in Spring 2016)
PSY 4xx                 Depth Course relevant to Adults (restrictions apply)

Electives (4)

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

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

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) New for 2015: 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 2016), and AGH302 or Aging and Disability (Spring 2016). 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.

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 2016 Registration: In place of Psy475, please register for Psy490.03. Also, a new course "Aging and Disability" is being offered at the 300-level (AGH302). Please see Dr. Revell.

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