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Gerontology, B.A.

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Gerontology deals with issues that face the growing population of older adults. As a professional in this field,you’ll use sociological and scientific knowledge, interpersonal skills and public resources to improve the quality of life and security of the elderly.


Our interdisciplinary program equips you with the expertise to investigate and respond to the unique social and biological issues facing aging populations and their families. You’ll work privately with seniors, or in elder care facilities, retirement homes and hospitals to ensure that their physical and emotional needs are met. The gerontology major also paves the way to graduate study in such fields as social work, nursing or other health-related occupations, law and public health.

Gerontology majors choose careers as activity directors, counselors and care managers, or assist seniors and their families in finding social service programs and other resources. Your research could affect public opinion and persuade legislators to effectively address the needs of the elderly. At times, genuine companionship is the greatest service you’ll provide.

Two semester-long internships allow you to work directly with seniors in settings such as retirement complexes, assisted-living facilities, hospitals and nursing homes. This experience positions you for employment upon graduation in an environment that matches your career goals.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date The deadline for freshman applications for Fall admission is February 1. Undergraduate Spring Semester Entry: 15 November.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • From College to Career
  • Sociology of the Aged
  • Adult Development Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Biology of Aging
  • Studying Social Issues with Statistics
  • Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • Social Stratification
  • Sociology of Families
  • Social Welfare Institutions
  • Population and Society 
  • Illness and Disability 
  • Death, Grief & Bereavement
  • Ethics and Human Values 
  • Philosophies of Health, Healing and Medicine
  • Philosophy of Death and Dying
  • Health Psychology
  • Program Planning and Administration
  • Special Topics in Gerontology
  • Death, Grief and Bereavement
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Case Management
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Counseling Older Clients
  • English Language Requirements

    This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

    Academic Requirements

    • High School Transcript
    • A personal essay on a topic of particular meaning and interest to you should tell us who you are, and speak to your values, goals, and aspirations as a student
    • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or others reflect your dedication and work ethic
    • 4 years of English
    • 3 years of mathematics (4 for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing and Physician Assistant applicants)
    • 3 or more years of science (4 years required for applicants to the Schools of Nursing and Health Sciences)
    • 2 years of social science and foreign language
    • 3 academic electives

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      45540 USD/year
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      45540 USD/year
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    Living costs for Hamden

    • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
      Living Costs

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