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 (3 credits)
  • SOC-105 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOC-201 Professional Development in Sociology (1 credit)
  • SOC-210 Deviance and Crime (3 credits)
  • SOC-230 Social Problems in the Modern World (3 credits)
  • SOC-327 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3 credits)
  • SOC-343 Social Research Methods (4 credits)
  • SOC-344 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics (4 credits)
  • SOC-390 Principles of Sociological Theory (3 credits)
  • SOC-438 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 credits)
  • SOC-450 Senior Seminar in Sociology (3 credits)

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