Gerontology Club Trifold Poster

Gerontology

The gerontology major has a strong liberal arts focus that includes an applied perspective. With this degree, you can successfully apply for admission to graduate school or enter aging-related work fields. To maximize these opportunities, the faculty encourages you to get as involved as you can in all facets of the curriculum: academics, internship(s), and research. It is Miami's responsibility to provide you with opportunities and your responsibility to take advantage of these opportunities. A comprehensive undergraduate gerontology education places you at a competitive advantage in the job market, graduate school admissions, and career success and satisfaction.

Upon graduating from Miami University with a degree in gerontology, you will be able to evaluate:

  • policy, programs and action in the field of aging
  • the quality of information and engage in the process of discovery
  • theoretical perspectives in the study of aging
  • the role of social institutions (e.g., family, politics and government, work and economics, social and health policy)
  • the impact of social location (e.g., race, class, gender, age) over the life course
  • how aging and the life course are socially constructed and contextual across time, place and culture (e.g., cross-culturally, internationally)
  • individual processes in the aging experience
  • the unique knowledge, skills and competencies of a gerontologist

We encourage students who are interested in adding a gerontology major to their existing major (e.g., accounting, business, family studies/social work, nursing, speech pathology/audiology) to include a relevant, aging-related course from their first major to accumulate the required 38 credit hours for the gerontology major.