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Gerontology Minor/Certificate


The study of aging with a emphasis on late life is gerontology. A minor in gerontology gives this academic discipline a broader and more profound experience. The gerontology minor will support multiple undergraduates and help students get a career because several occupations impact older people's lives. A minor in gerontology is available to Health Science and other majors who earn a total of 22-23 credits. Courses must be completed in at least 4 disciplines. Credits taken for the gerontology minor cannot also be used toward the 20 credit Elective requirement for the Health Science major.

Cardinal Points

  • A certificate in gerontology is available for non-matriculated students who complete gerontology minor requirements that meet the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) standards.

  • SVSU's Health and Human Services building contains a state-of-the-art Simulation Center.

  • SVSU's Health and Human Services building contains a state-of-the-art Simulation Center.

The visual arts curriculum at SVSU includes a strong foundation in art history and diverse media experience with studio courses in ceramics, graphic design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Students will also be exposed to the creativity of other outstanding contemporary artists whose works are exhibited in the University Art Department Gallery, located on the first floor of the Arbury Fine Arts Center. 

Highlighted Courses

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Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

  • 13% (Much faster than average) projected growth for employment of social and human service assistants with a Bachelor’s degree through 2028. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $35,060 is the median yearly pay for a social and human service assistants in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Art program, students are prepared for a multitude of careers including government, business, education, publishing and marketing as a graphic designer, art director, web designer, illustrator, art dealer, photographer, curator, gallery director, painter, sculptor, printmaker, muralist, studio owner, art teacher and so many more.

Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.