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BA in Gerontology

Quinnipiac is one of the few universities to offer an undergraduate major that anticipates one of the growing concerns in our society: the rise in the number of older Americans.

Because the effects of an aging population are so far-reaching, the program is based on interdisciplinary studies, including courses from sociology, psychology, biology, health administration and law.

Gerontology majors also complete two semester-long internships in public or private agencies involved directly with the elderly, such as senior centers, retirement complexes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, community aging services, case management agencies and nursing homes.

Students are prepared to continue their education or assume careers in aging-related areas such as social work, law, public health, medicine, health administration and public policy.

Curriculum + Requirements

The gerontology program prepares students for careers and/or graduate education in the field of aging. An interdisciplinary curriculum of required courses in sociology, psychology and biology prepares the student for direct service or administration in programs serving the elderly.

Major Requirements (39 credits):

1. Required Courses for the major in gerontology

Course Title Credits
SO 101 Introductory Sociology* 3
PS 101 Introductory Psychology* 3
GT 205 Orientation to Gerontology 1
GT 263 Sociology of Aging 3
PS 234 Adult Development 3
BMS 200 Biology of Aging* 3
GT 381 Evaluation Research 3
GT 385 Senior Seminar 3


2. Two internships in the community

Course Title Credits
GT 292 Internship in Gerontology 3
GT 392 Advanced Internship 3


3. Two courses from the following:

Course Title Credits
SO 241 Race and Ethnicity* 3
SO 255 Sociology of the Family* 3
SO 264 Social Welfare 3
SO 266 Population and Society* 3
SO 280 Illness and Disability* 3
SO 305 Death, Grief and Bereavement 3
SO 312 Social Organizations and Behavior 3
SO 244 Social Stratification* 3
PL 220 Ethics and Human Values* 3
PL 234 Philosophies of Health* 3
PL 268 Life & Life After Death 3
PS 325 Health Psychology 3
Any health administration course 3

*These courses also satisfy University Curriculum requirements.

4. Three courses from the following:

Course Title Credits
GT 300 Special Topics 3
GT 305 Death, Grief and Bereavement 3
GT 310 Elder Law 3
GT 311 Introduction to Social Work 3
GT 315 Case Management 3
GT 318 Therapeutic Recreation 3
GT 325 Counseling Older Clients 3
GT 270 Program Planning 3

Minor in Gerontology

For the minor in gerontology, students should work with the program director to select 18 credits of course work in gerontology. A student majoring in criminal justice, sociology or social services cannot minor in gerontology.