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Are you compassionate toward older adults and concerned about the challenges they encounter? Gerontology is a field of study that examines the social, cultural, psychological and physical changes associated with aging. Course topics include the health and psychological aspects of aging, fitness and the aging process, and death and bereavement in the family. With a background in Gerontology, you can pursue a career path in a rapidly expanding field that can be incorporated into a variety of rewarding professions, including but certainly not limited to counseling, finance, speech/hearing, nursing, fitness and law.

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Family and Elder Advocate
  • Family Life Educator
  • Human Rights Activist
  • Judicial Mediator/Case Worker
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Program Director
  • Program Planner and Developer
  • Researcher

Undergraduate Programs

BA in Family Science and Human Development Major, Gerontology Concentration

The concentration requirements for this program emphasize the study of the family. This interdisciplinary program is unique in that students take several service-learning courses and complete a part-time internship enabling them to work with older adults in a variety of community settings.

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Minor in Gerontology

The Minor in Gerontology provides a program of study for undergraduate students who want to learn about the complex health, social, economic, environmental, and psychological needs of older adults, their families and caregivers.

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