A gerontology minor is a major asset! Whatever your chosen discipline is, we encourage students to give themselves a competitive edge and supplement their education by exploring gerontology, the study of aging across the lifespan. In fact, USC encourages students to cultivate breadth and depth of study and recommends all undergraduates consider completing a minor.
Another enormously enriching benefit, both personally and academically, for acquiring a gerontology minor is that it lends itself beautifully to the pursuit of becoming one of USC’s Renaissance Scholars. This distinction is reserved for students who complete a degree (whether it’s a major/minor or two majors) by pairing two wildly different disciplines, and certified Renaissance Scholars may be eligible to compete for a $10,000 post-baccalaureate scholarship.
Science, Health and Aging
This minor is appropriate for students working toward careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biological sciences, public health or other health related fields. Admission to the minor is only available to students who have completed 4 units of prerequisites as part of their major requirements. Upon completion of 20 units and graduation, the minor is noted on the student’s transcript.
Individuals, Societies and Aging
This minor is a fit for students in business, engineering, communication, cinematic arts, or arts and sciences interested in developing a broad knowledge of issues in aging. Based largely on disciplines in the behavioral and social sciences, students learn how aging will impact their lives, families and careers. Upon completion of 20 units and graduation, the minor is noted on the student’s transcript.