Aging Studies

Tracy John Skipp, Ed.D., Associate Dean
University Advisement and Enrichment Center, Rm. 261
(505) 277-7996

The Aging Studies minor is in moratorium, and not currently accepting new students.

In 1990, Aging Studies was established as an academic program within The University of New Mexico’s Interdisciplinary Studies. In 2004, the Aging Studies program became part of UNM’s University College and an undergraduate minor in Aging Studies was created. The continuing mission of Aging Studies is the preparation of students for the multifaceted challenges and opportunities associated with aging. The undergraduate minor in Aging Studies, which includes courses from across seven different schools and colleges at UNM, provides students with a strong theoretical and practical foundation on which to base personal and societal decisions that directly affect successful and productive aging. The synthesis of knowledge and experience from many disciplines insures a dynamic and vital framework that allows UNM students to create their own special approach to the problems and possibilities of the aging process.

All classes for the undergraduate minor in Aging Studies are regularly scheduled courses being offered by existing academic departments/programs. Courses and topics vary from semester to semester. Consult the current Schedule of Classes online for each semester’s offerings.

Minor Study Requirements

The undergraduate minor in Aging Studies requires the completion of 24 credit hours:

1.    A minimum of 6 credit hours from:   
  SOC 310 Sociology of Aging and the Aged 3
  FS 416 Adult Development and Aging in the Family 3
  PEP 487 Physical Activity and Aging 3
2.   A minimum of 12 credit hours from:  
  ANTH 312 Oral Narrative Traditions 3
  ARCH 470 Human Factors in Design 3
  BIOL 428 Human Heredity 3
  CJ 450 Health Communication 3
  CRP 431 Foundations of Community Development 3
  DANC 304 Theories of Movement 3
  ECON 335 Health Economics 3
  FS 415 Aging and the Family 3
  HED 473 Health Issues in Death and Dying 3
  HIST 417 History of Modern Medicine 3
  MGMT 308 Ethical, Political and Social Environment 3
  NATV 462 Traditional and Contemporary Storytelling 3
  NURS 405 Nursing Care of Family Systems 3
  NUTR 424 Nutrition in the Life Cycle 3
  OILS 466 Principles of Adult Learning 3
  PHIL *488 Comparative Philosophy 3
  POLS 376 Health Policy and Politics 3
  PSY 360 Human Learning and Memory 3
  SHS 302 Introduction to Communicative Disorders 3
  THEA 415 Theatre for Educational and Social Change 3
  WMST 380   Women Culture and Society 3
3.   A minimum of 6 credit hours from:  
    Topics courses, independent study, and/or supervised field experiences/internships specifically focused on aging and with prior approval of the Aging Studies Director.  

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