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Overview

Gerontology is the study of aging and old age. Unlike geriatrics, which focuses mainly on the medical problems and issues associated with aging, Gerontology is highly interdisciplinary. You’ll study the biology of aging—what happens physically, how bodies change. You’ll learn how aging affects psychology and the psychological issues associated with the elderly. You’ll learn how society views aging and what societal roles aging people play. And you’ll study aging and old age from the perspectives of literature, history, philosophy, and religion.


Gerontology involves a good deal of science, and you’ll do a lot of research in your coursework. You’ll apply the scientific process to various topics and problems, and you’ll learn how to effectively document and communicate your findings. Most importantly, your studies in Gerontology will give you the skills you need to apply your knowledge in ways beneficial to the aged in our society.

SAMPLE CURRICULUM

  • Administrative Problems in Aging

  • Adult Development and Instruction

  • Aging and Health

  • Biology of Adult Development

  • Developmental and Motor Assessment

  • Human Physical Aging

  • Power, Values, and Politics in an Aging Society

  • Psychology of Adult Development

  • Service Learning with the Elderly

  • Society and Adult Development

  • Working with the Elderly


HIGH SCHOOl PREPARATION

AP courses in math and science will be solid preparation for your Gerontology major. Also, since Gerontology is multi-disciplinary, you’ll also benefit from courses in history, English, psychology, philosophy, and government. If you can, consider volunteering at a local nursing home to become familiar with issues involving older folks.