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Respecting your elders

Gerontology is the study of aging, including its psychological, physical, social and cultural aspects. Explore historical and cultural contexts of aging along with issues that confront modern society, like global aging, elder discrimination and assisted living communities. 

Taking care of the oldest members of society is a moral imperative across cultures, and you’ll have the opportunity to gain expertise as you study this important issue. As a gerontology student, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you’ll need to find a rewarding career in a fast-growing industry.

Growing job market

With an aging population, gerontology careers in the U.S. are expected to increase significantly. Gerontologists work in government agencies, retirement communities, nursing homes, health care agencies and non-profit organizations. Further studies allow gerontologists to put their knowledge to use in healthcare occupations like nursing or occupational therapy.

Learn more about careers in gerontology.

Undergraduate programs and requirements 

Bachelor of Arts in sociology

The sociology major with a gerontology emphasis introduces students to the fields of social gerontology, aging and inter-generational relationships and includes room for several gerontology-related elective courses. Students pursuing this degree will study aging and generation relations while immersed in field-based learning.

Bachelor of Science in sociology

The sociology major with a gerontology emphasis introduces students to the fields of social gerontology, aging and inter-generational relationships and includes room for several gerontology-related elective courses. Students pursuing this degree will study aging and generation relations while immersed in field-based learning.

Minor in gerontology

Minor in gerontology to gain understanding of issues facing the elderly such as retirement, social policy, long-term care and intergenerational relations.

Contact

Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology
936.468.4405
AnthroGeoSoc@sfasu.edu

Dugas Liberal Arts North 
Room 335

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13047, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

 

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