Degree Options

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:

Required 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. 

Online Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Courses and Outcomes

The 1-year Graduate Certificate in Gerontology program consists of 15 semester hours. (Courses are 3 semester hours.)

Required Courses

  • SOC 5400: Sociology of Adult Development and Aging
  • SOC 5420: Health Care and Aging
  • SOC 5530: Housing for Older Adults 
  • SOC 5630: Programs and Services for Older Adults
  • SOC 5900: Internship

Outcomes for Graduate Certificate Recipients

The Graduate Certificate 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 programs and services for the elderly in a multi-county region, or as an assisted living administrator, a (lucrative) field where there's growing demand. The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is a fine foundation for a master’s degree in Gerontology or various social science and human services fields.

Fall 2016 Graduate Certificate

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Job Openings

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Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Project Director


Ed Rosenberg
Director of Gerontology
Appalachian State University

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