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HSG 374 Aging in America: A Personal and Societal Journey

This course, designed for students in human services fields who work with older adults and their families, and students considering gerontology as a vocation, is an overview of the field. Topics include understanding the physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging, as well as the myths about aging, health and social needs of the aging, and community resources and programs.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 4, 2022 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Will be familiar with adult development stages and theoretical frameworks of aging.
  • Will know basic demographics of our aging population and understand historical aspects of age relations in America.
  • Will recognize ageism in the culture and be able to identify myths and stereotypes of aging.
  • Will know and understand some of the basic issues affecting the lives of aging Americans (including economics, illness/wellness, employment/retirement, living environments, care giving, women and multicultural groups, death/dying/bereavement/widowhood, and public policy).
  • Will understand the functions of the federal, state, and local planning bodies and aging and be able to identify basic advocacy strategies.
  • Will understand the longevity dividend and the significant contributions of older adults to our society.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Aging in America: A Personal and Societal Journey Coleman, Meghan Marie Books for HSG-374-50 Fall 2024 Course details for HSG-374-50 Fall 2024