Gerontology Certificate

College: College of Social Sciences & Professional Studies

Requirements for Gerontology Certificate

Everyone at every point in life needs either care or support. Caring for one another, to many, is what makes us human. Professional care for the elderly is a growing profession that demands qualified individuals with the knowledge and passion to support the needs of older adults. The (15 credit) gerontology certificate shows potential employers that you have the educational experience necessary to relate to the needs of our aging population and that you are motivated and prepared to work in this field. A program that includes internships and in-field experience will introduce students to professional career opportunities as counselors, case or care managers, senior living advisors, or health specialists for long term care,

Required Course
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology3
SOCA 326Social Gerontology3
Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
Biology of Aging
Psychology of Aging
Death and Dying
SOCA 492Internship in Sociology 13
Total Credits15

Students who already have experience in the field of gerontology or working with the aging population may receive credit for an internship through written agreement with a faculty member of this program.

All SOCA 492 internships have to be geared towards the area of the certificate. Students who already have experience in any field may receive credit for the practicum category of the certificates but after submitting the necessary documentation and approval by the department.