Gerontology focuses on the social, psychological, and biological aspects of aging and older adulthood. Our program embraces a multidisciplinary approach to address the aging process from such fields as psychology, health, biology, sociology, demography, policy, humanities, business, and economics. Our majors are generally interested in improving the lives and well-being of older individuals and their families through career paths in case management, housing, long-term care, services and supports, physical health, and social opportunities. Many students utilize their understanding of aging and applied experiences to pursue graduate work related to health and well-being.
This minor is an exceptional complement to other majors on campus focused on areas such as psychological well-being, individual and community health, leadership, policy, and social services.
This new program option was developed specifically for non-majors/non-minors seeking health careers that often interface with older adults.
“Do the practicum where you can see yourself working at! Continue to volunteer after the practicum is over if allowed…I did this and got hired at my practicum site because I stuck around.”
“Gerontologists are needed, and desired, in every role…There is a lack of older adult-friendly and knowledgeable professionals available.”
“Find out what it is about working with older adults that you love and dig into it. I was intrigued by dementia, and now I work to improve the quality of life with those with dementia.”
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