Stephen F. Austin State University


Gerontology is the study of aging in society. Gerontologists study all aspect of the aging experience including retirement, social policy, long term care, self-indentity, care giving, and inter-generational relations. Georntology students find jobs as administrators, and with any agency or company that does research about or serves the needs of older people. Because the U.S. population is rapidly aging, gerontology students will be well placed for a secure and rewarding career.

Major in Sociology with a Gerontology Emphasis (33 credits)

Although SFA does not offer a gerontology major, students can major in sociology with a gerontology emphasis. The sociology major with an anthropology emphasis introduces students to the fields of social gerontology, aging, and inter-generational relationships and includes room for several gerontology-related elective courses.

SOC 137: Intro to Sociology (3 credits)
SOC 310: Professional Seminar (3 credits)
SOC 370: Social Gerontology (3 credits)
SOC 378: Research Methods (3 credits)
SOC 379: Data Analysis (3 credits)
SOC 430: Aging & Generational Relations (3 credits)
SOC 471: Sociological Theory (3 credits)
SOC 495: Capstone (3 credits)
Upper-level gerontology courses (9 credits)

Minor in Gerontology (21 credits)

A minor in Gerontology requires SOC 137, 305, 370, 430, and 9 additional credits in sociology.