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Gerontology is the interdisciplinary study of aging and is a rapidly growing field. The gerontology major prepares the students for a career in the field of aging. Since aging is a multifaceted, complex phenomenon, an interdisciplinary training in gerontology will give students an edge in working with the aging population.

The field of aging provides diverse occupational opportunities in health professions, non-profit organizations, recreation and leisure, for-profit businesses, education, research, government, and service providers. Settings include community, human service and religious organizations, government agencies, health and long-term care facilities, retirement communities, academic and research settings, business, industry, legal, and professional organizations.

General Education Requirements
Core Competencies
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
MATH 2623Quantitative Reasoning3
Foreign Language8
1550 Language
2600 Language
GEN ED Knowledge Domains:
Some courses are categorized in more than one knowledge domain. Courses can only be used once with the GE model.
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences (2 courses - one must include a lab)7
Social Science6
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Gerontology
Social and Personal Awareness6
Aging and Society
Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare
General Education Elective3
General Psychology
Major Requirements
GERO 1501Introduction to Gerontology3
SOC 3701Social Statistics4
GERO 3703Aging and Society3
FNUT 3720Nutrition, Health, and Aging3
GERO 3755Theories of Gerontology3
PSYC 3756Adolescent Development3
SOC 4801Later Life Issues3
GERO 4821Internship in Gerontology3-15
GERO 4850Research Methods3
GERO 3759Physical Change and Aging3
GERO 4851Capstone in Gerontology3
Choose 3 s.h. from the following courses:
GERO 3757Aging and Social Policy3
POL 3717Health Care Policy3
SCWK 3730Social Services and the Aged3
Choose a minimum of 12 s.h. from the following courses:
GERO 3745Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare3
GERO 3756Aging and Ethnicity3
GERO 3758Long-Term Care3
SOC 3759Sociology of Dementia3
SOC 3760Sociology of Death and Dying3
GERO 3790Aging in Cross-Cultural Perspective3
GERO 4804Family, Health, and Aging3
GERO 3757Aging and Social Policy3
PHLT 3757Health and Disease4
PHLT 4828Grant Writing3
KSS 4870Exercise and Aging for Health Professions3
FNUT 4873Nutrition and Aging2
POL 3717Health Care Policy3
PSYC 4857Biopsychological Aspects of Health and Aging3
PSYC 3757Adult Development3
ECON 1504Economics of Aging3
SCWK 3730Social Services and the Aged3
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 1 3
GERO 1501
Introduction to Gerontology
or General Psychology
General Education Natural Science elective 3
Foreign Language 1550 1 4
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
 Semester Hours16
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 1 3
PSYC 1560
General Psychology
or Introduction to Gerontology
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
Foreign Language 2600 1 4
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
GERO 3703
Aging and Society (cross-listed)
or Aging and Society
General Education Arts and Humanities elective 3
General Education Natural Science elective with lab 4
GERO 37XX Gerontology Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
FNUT 3720 Nutrition, Health, and Aging 3
General Education Arts and Humanities elective 3
Gerontology Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
PSYC 3758 Lifespan Development 3
GERO 3759 Physical Change and Aging 3
Policy Elective 3
Gerontology Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
SOC 3701 Social Statistics 4
GERO 3755 Theories of Gerontology 3
GERO 3745
Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare (cross-listed)
or Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
GERO 4850 Research Methods 3
GERO 4821 Internship in Gerontology 4
Elective 4
Elective 3
 Semester Hours14
SOC 4801 Later Life Issues 3
GERO 4851 Capstone in Gerontology 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours120

Learning Outcomes

  • Students can demonstrate understanding of the discipline of gerontology and its interdisciplinary approach to aging and society (Disciplinary Knowledge).
  • Students can explain the diversity and complexity of aging in our society.
  • Students can dispel ageist stereotypes about aging and older adults.
  • Students can explain theories, fundamental principles, theories, and core concepts of gerontology.
  • Students can assess the scientific process including various qualitative and quantitative methods. Students can synthesize theory and methods by completing an original empirical research project.