BA in Gerontology
Quinnipiac is one of the few universities to offer an undergraduate major that anticipates one of the growing realities 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, philosophy 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.
Gerontology Core Requirements (39 credits):
1. Required Courses for the major in gerontology
|SO 101||Introduction to Sociology*||3|
|PS 101||Introduction to Psychology*||3|
|GT 205||From College to Career||1|
|GT 263||Sociology of the Aged||3|
|PS 234||Adult Development Psychology||3|
|BMS 200||Biology of Aging*||3|
|GT 381||Research Methods||3|
|GT 382||Studying Social Issues with Statistics||3|
|GT 385||Senior Capstone||3|
2. Two internships in the community
|GT 392||Internship in the Community||3|
|GT 394||Advanced Internship in the Community||3|
3. Two courses from the following:
|SO 241||Racial and Ethnic Groups*||3|
|SO 255||Sociology of Families*||3|
|SO 264||Social Welfare Institutions||3|
|SO 266||Population and Society*||3|
|SO 280||Illness and Disability*||3|
|SO 305||Death, Grief and Bereavement||3|
|SO 244||Social Stratification*||3|
|PL 220||Ethics and Human Values*||3|
|PL 234||Philosophies of Health, Healing and Medicine*||3|
|PL 368||Life & Life After Death||3|
|PS 325||Health Psychology||3|
*These courses also satisfy University Curriculum requirements.
4. Two courses from the following:
|GT 270||Program Planning and Administration||3|
|GT 300||Special Topics||3|
|GT 305||Death, Grief and Bereavement||3|
|GT 311||Introduction to Social Work||3|
|GT 315||Case Management||3|
|GT 318||Therapeutic Recreation||3|
|GT 325||Counseling Older Clients||3|
Minor in Gerontology
For the gerontology minor, students should work with the program director to select 18 credits of course work in gerontology. A student majoring in criminal justice or sociology can minor in gerontology. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward the major. Courses for the major may not count toward the minor.