Our interdisciplinary program equips you with the expertise to investigate and respond to the unique social and biological issues facing aging populations and their families. You’ll work privately with seniors, or in elder care facilities, retirement homes and hospitals to ensure that their physical and emotional needs are met. The gerontology major also paves the way to graduate study in such fields as social work, nursing or other health-related occupations, law and public health.
Gerontology majors choose careers as activity directors, counselors and care managers, or assist seniors and their families in finding social service programs and other resources. Your research could affect public opinion and persuade legislators to effectively address the needs of the elderly. At times, genuine companionship is the greatest service you’ll provide.
Two semester-long internships allow you to work directly with seniors in settings such as retirement complexes, assisted-living facilities, hospitals and nursing homes. This experience positions you for employment upon graduation in an environment that matches your career goals.
Curriculum and Requirements
Students majoring in gerontology must meet the following requirements for graduation:
|University Curriculum 1||46|
|College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 2||21-24|
|Gerontology Core Requirements|
|SO 101||Introduction to Sociology 3||3|
|PS 101||Introduction to Psychology 3||3|
|GT 205||From College to Career (SO/CJ 205)||1|
|GT 263||Sociology of Aging (SO 263)||3|
|PS 234||Adult Development & Aging (GT 234)||3|
|GT 290||Research Methods (SO 290)||3|
|BMS 200||Biology and Experience of Human Aging 3||3|
|GT 382||Studying Social Issues with Statistics (SO 382)||3|
|GT 385||Senior Seminar (SO 385)||3|
|Two internships in the community:|
|GT 392||Internship in the Community (SO 392)||3|
|GT 394||Advanced Internship in the Community||3|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 3|
|Social Stratification 3|
|Sociology of Families (WS 255) 3|
|Social Welfare Institutions|
|Population and Society 3|
|Illness and Disability 3|
|Death, Grief and Bereavement (GT 305)|
|Ethics and Human Values 3|
|Philosophies of Health, Healing and Medicine 3|
|Philosophy of Death and Dying|
Any PT or OT course
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Program Planning and Administration (SO 270)|
|Death, Grief and Bereavement (SO 305)|
|Introduction to Social Work (SO 311)|
|Case Management (SO 315)|
All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements.
Students must complete the College of Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below.
These courses also satisfy University Curriculum requirements.
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum
The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.
In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.
For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.
For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.)
A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.
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