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 nonprofit organizations. Further education allow gerontologists to put their knowledge to use in healthcare occupations, like nursing or occupational therapy.
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in sociology with gerontology concentration
The sociology major with a gerontology emphasis introduces students to the fields of social gerontology, aging and intergenerational 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.
See the Undergraduate Bulletin for additional details, guidelines and requirements.