Gerontology

Program Description

Did you know that people over the age of 80 are the fastest growing segment of our society today? Individuals who have studied gerontology (study of aging) are in high demand in the 21st century. Careers may include areas as diverse as wellness, rehabilitation, marketing, interior design, health care, policy development, government, and law. With a graduate degree, you should be in a leadership role to advance the broad understanding of the diverse and complex issues, challenges, and opportunities that face individuals and society in aging.

One of the most significant demographic changes in America today is the aging of its population. Expanding opportunities exist among individuals who provide direct services to older adults. The Gerontology Minor complements a variety of existing degree programs by adding specific knowledge and skills in working with and relating to the older population.

The Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) allows students to customize their programs of study according to their individual needs and areas of interest. Students seeking a MLS with an emphasis in gerontology develop a specific 18 credit hour plan with the approval of the Coordinator of Gerontology. A required 3 hour culminating course can be taken as a research paper or project, the development of an original creative work, an internship, or other special project.

The demand for graduates with non-technical degrees is growing because employers want more than an individual with a degree in a specific field. With current demographic changes, knowledge in the area of gerontology provides flexibility to enter career paths in nearly every field imaginable in these high demand areas.