Gerontology- Bachelor of Arts

This major provides students with a multidisciplinary approach to the study of aging in a social context. Students examine the varied experiences of physical, psychological and social aging in an aging society and world. The major draws from theoretical work in anthropology, psychology, social work/welfare, and sociology. This major prepares students for careers and further study in a broad range of fields and disciplines related to individual and societal aging.

Program Requirements

(38 semester hours)

Multidisciplinary Core. All of these:

GTY 154 Aging in American Society (3)

GTY/SOC 318 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course (3)

GTY 365 Social Policy and Programs in Gerontology (3)

GTY 375 Aging, Self, and Society (3)

GTY 440G Capstone Field Experience in Gerontology (MPC) (1-16, minimum 6)

SOC 262 Research Methods (4)

STA 261 Statistics (4)

Diversity. Choose ONE of the following:

GTY 260 Global Aging (3)

GTY/SOC/WGS 463 Gender and Aging (3)

GTY/BWS 472 Race, Ethnicity, and Aging (3)

Health. Choose ONE of the following:

DST/GTY 335 Disability and Aging (3)

GTY 356 Biopsychosocial Aspects of Health and Aging (3)

GTY/SOC 357 Medical Sociology (3)

GTY 478 Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Chronic Illness (4)

Socio-cultural Contexts. Choose ONE of the following:

GTY/FSW 466 Later Life Families (3)

GTY 476 Environment and Aging (3)

GTY 485 Long-Term Care in an Aging Society (3)

SOC 257 Population (3)

SOC 435 Sociology of Death (3)

Note: Students can count a course from a second major or other area of interest as an elective for the gerontology major. Some examples are:

KNH 471 Sport, Leisure, and Aging (3)

PHL 375 Moral Issues in Health Care (4)

Note: Gerontology majors are required to take at least one 400 level gerontology course in addition to GTY 440G. The department occasionally offers GTY 460 (Selected Topics in Gerontology) which can be included in one of the thematic clusters based on the specific topic.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing GTY 318 and 440G.

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