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Gerontology Minor


The Gerontology Minor is a program open to all undergraduates in a multidisciplinary field that is professionally diverse and rapidly growing.

Student Christine Cheng with Lakeside Nursing Home resident

Students from any major at Cornell University who complete the 12 required credits achieve a minor in gerontology. One of two (3-credit) core courses and nine additional credits must be taken to complete the minor. For a full listing of courses, please see the gerontology minor worksheet. The and Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 course lists are available now.

The program also offers opportunities for undergraduates to become involved in research projects with faculty in the Bronfenbrenner Center and throughout the University. In addition, junior and senior students can apply to work as a teaching assistant for gerontology courses.

An experiential learning opportunity is strongly recommended as it allows students to apply the substantive content presented in the classroom to work in the world beyond the university. A wide variety of appropriate field placements can be arranged, either locally, in New York City, or in Washington, DC.

To apply to the minor, download this worksheet, fill it out, and email it to Corinna Loeckenhoff and Carrie Chalmers.

Please note: The next opportunity to take one of the core classes is in Spring 2017 when HD2180 will be taught. You can start taking other classes that count towards the minor even if you haven’t taken a core class yet. If the gap in core classes would prevent you from completing the minor, please contact Professor Loeckenhoff at to discuss alternative options. In any case, please make sure to send in a copy of the worksheet to ensure that you are on our mailing list and receive relevant updates on class offerings.

For more information contact:
Corinna Loeckenhoff, Director, Gerontology Minor, HD, G60B MVR Hall,, 607-255-2260

2014–2015 Kendal Scholarship

Sylvia Lee (Human Biology, Health, and Society, '18)  and Arwah Yaqub (Near Eastern Studies, '16) were awarded the Kendal at Ithaca Scholarship for 2015–2016. This scholarship was established by an anonymous Kendal resident for students with a concentration in gerontology who are involved in outreach activities and anticipate a career in the field.

Gerontology Certificate: late 1980s-2010

Prior to the approval of the Gerontology Minor in fall 2010, the College of Human Ecology offered a Gerontology Certificate. More than 170 students received certificates during that time.