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Fisher student speaking with elderly resident of The Friendly Home
  • Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
  • Fisher family:1


Tap into one of the country’s greatest resources–America’s aging population–by enrolling in Fisher’s gerontology program.

As a gerontology minor, you will gain unique perspectives—about yourself, others, and the world around you—while pursuing a growing number of career opportunities tailored toward working with members of this generation.

A minor in gerontology uniquely positions you to pursue any number of careers, in locations such as senior centers, retirement communities, nursing homes, and more. A sampling of possible careers includes:

  • Policy and advocacy for older adults
  • Palliative/end-of-life care
  • Long-term care administration
  • Home health aide

Program Overview

The gerontology curriculum is truly multidisciplinary. Contributing departments include biology, chemistry, economics, nursing, religious studies, and sociology.

You will be able to enhance your classroom studies through community-engaged learning, practicum, and research opportunities that provide hands-on, educational experiences. The curriculum affords you the opportunity to interact with area seniors, both on campus and off-site at various agencies and organizations serving older adults in the Rochester area.

Using classroom reading as a jumping-off point, you will discuss topics of concern to aging Americans with members of that population, absorb their stories and experiences, and apply that take-away knowledge to your studies, as well as your future career in the field.