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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 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics requirement (met with MATH 2623)3
Knowledge Domains
Some courses are categorized in more than one knowledge domain. Courses can only be used once with the GE model.
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h.)6
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) (6-7 s.h.)7
Social Science (6 s.h.)
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology3
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)
GERO 3703Aging and Society3
GERO 3745Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare3
First-Year Experience
LASS 1510Exploring Critical Questions in LASS3
Foreign Language Requirement
FNLG 1550Elementary Foreign Language4
FNLG 2600Intermediate Foreign Language4
Required Courses (38 s.h.):
GERO 1501Introduction to Gerontology3
GERO 3703Aging and Society3
GERO 3755Theories of Gerontology3
GERO 3759Physical Change and Aging3
GERO 4821Internship in Gerontology7
GERO 4850Research Methods3
GERO 4851Capstone in Gerontology3
FNUT 3720Nutrition, Health, and Aging3
PSYC 3758Lifespan Development3
SOC 3701Social Statistics4
SOC 4801Later Life Issues3
Select one from the following policy courses:3
Aging and Social Policy
Health Care Policy
Social Services and the Aged
Select a minimum of 9 s.h. from the following program elective courses:9
Economics of Aging
Nutrition and Aging
Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare
Aging and Ethnicity
Aging and Social Policy
Long-Term Care
Aging in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Family, Health, and Aging
Exercise and Aging for Health Professions
Health and Disease
Grant Writing
Health Care Policy
Adult Development
Biopsychological Aspects of Health and Aging
Social Services and the Aged
Sociology of Dementia
Sociology of Death and Dying
Total Semester Hours in the Major: 50 s.h.
Elective hours to complete the degree:28
Total Semester Hours126-127
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1550
Writing 1 1
or Writing 1 with Support
GERO 1501
Introduction to Gerontology
or General Psychology
LASS 1510 Exploring Critical Questions in LASS 3
Foreign Language 1550 1 4
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
 Semester Hours16-17
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
GE Arts and Humanities elective 3
General Education Natural Science elective 3
GERO 37XX Gerontology Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
FNUT 3720 Nutrition, Health, and Aging 3
GE Arts and Humanities elective 3
GE Natural Science Elective and Lab 4
Gerontology Program Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
PSYC 3758 Lifespan Development 3
GERO 3759 Physical Change and Aging 3
Policy Elective 3
GERO Program Elective 3
General 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
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
GERO 4850 Research Methods 3
GERO 4821 Internship in Gerontology 4
General Elective 4
General Elective 3
 Semester Hours14
SOC 4801 Later Life Issues 3
GERO 4851 Capstone in Gerontology 3
GERO 4821 Internship in Gerontology 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours120-121

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.