Gerontology Programs

Gerontology Specialization Course Requirements

Gerontology is a multidisciplinary field focused on the social aspects of health and aging across the life course and benefits a variety of graduate and career paths. Sociology majors who specialize in Gerontology benefit from hands-on, experiential learning in research, professional development, and internship, while developing a strong knowledge base of aging populations across courses in sociology, psychology, and public health. The Gerontology Certificate may be earned by current undergraduate students as a part of a bachelor’s degree in any major and is awarded following completion of 12 credit hours in gerontology.

  • ANTH 207 - Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 105 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 201 - Professional Development in Sociology
  • SOC 210 - Deviance and Crime
  • SOC 230 - Social Problems in the Modern World
  • SOC 327 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • SOC 343 - Social Research Methods
  • SOC 344 - Introduction to Behavioral Statistics
  • SOC 390 - Principles of Sociological Theory
  • SOC 438 - Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 450 - Senior Seminar in Sociology
  • Plus four additional 300- or 400-level gerontology courses

For more information about the Gerontology specialization or certificate, please contact Dr. Mari Plikuhn, Director of the Gerontology Center at

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Office Location:
Room 50, Schroeder School of Business Building