Undergraduate Sociology Major Concentration
View the Department of Sociology website for information on the undergraduate concentration.
Undergraduate Minor in Gerontology
The undergraduate minor in Gerontology is available to all undergraduate students, regardless of major.
A student earns a minor in Gerontology by successfully completing a minimum of 15 semester hours from the following courses:
- SOC 3100: Gerontology 3 s.h.
- BIO 4563: Biology of Aging 3 s.h.
- PSY 4562: Psychology of Adulthood and Aging 3 s.h.
- FCS 4551: Families in Later Life 3 s.h.
- One course chosen in consultation with the program director
Other Electives may be substituted for the above, with permission of the Gerontology Program Director.
Masters Degree in Gerontology
Courses and Outcomes
The 2-year Masters Degree in Gerontology program consists of 36 semester hours. (Courses are 3 semester hours.)
- BIO 5563: Biology of Aging
- SOC 5400: Sociology of Adult Development and Aging
- SOC 5420: Health Care and Aging
- SOC 5110: Advanced Research Methods I
- SOC 5990: Advanced Research Methods II
- SOC 5800: Sociology of the Family
- SOC 5530: Housing for Older Adults
- SOC 5630: Programs and Services for Older Adults
- PSY 5562: Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
Outcomes for Masters Degree Recipients
The MA in Gerontology primarily prepares you for a career in the field of aging services and/or research, such as a position with an Area Agency on Aging, which oversees services in a multi-county region, or as a nursing home or assisted living administrator, a (lucrative) field where there's growing demand. Some students, upon receiving the MA in Gerontology, decide upon a career as a college or university professor, in which case they will apply to PhD programs. The MA in Gerontology is a fine foundation for doctoral work in various social science and human services fields.
Not Sure About a Masters Degree?
Why not try our new Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (PDF)? This 15 semester hour program (5 courses) will help you decide whether to transfer into the Masters Program or combine the Certificate with a non-Gerontology Masters Degree. Even the Certificate in Gerontology, by itself, is viewed favorably by employers.