Concentration in 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.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required on the last 60 undergraduate credit hours to be admitted to this concentration.

Program Curriculum

The student seeking a Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) degree with an emphasis in Gerontology is required to complete a selection of courses equal to 31 credit hours. Students complete 15 required credit hours and 16 elective credit hours. Each student is required to complete comprehensive examinations and a 3-hour culminating experience (HHP 874). The culminating experience may take many different forms including a research paper or project, the development of original creative work, an internship, or other special projects formulated in conjunction with the program advisor.


  • IDS 801 Introduction to Liberal Studies (1 Credit Hour)
  • IDS 802 Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective (3 Credit Hours)
  • IDS 803 Origins and Implications of the Knowledge Society (3 Credit Hours)
  • IDS 804 Information Literacy (3 Credit Hours)


  • HHP 670 Introduction to Gerontology (2 Credit Hours)
  • Approved Electives (see below) (16 Credit Hours)
  • Culminating Experience

  • HHP 874 Culminating Experience (3 Credit Hours)

TOTAL: 31 Credit Hours

Electives (choose 8-12 credits from these courses)

  • SLP 665 Communication in Aging (2 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 668 Neuropsychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 617 Nutrition and Aging (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 619 Exercise Testing/Prescription for Aging (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 612 Physiology of Aging (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOCW 620 Spirituality of Aging (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 644 Sociology of Aging (3 Credit Hours)

Choose 4-8 credits in any of the following subject areas with approval from your advisor (must be 600-level or higher)

Topics and Workshop courses related to aging
Healthcare systems/administration
Art Therapy
Grant writing courses
Health and Wellness coursework related to the older adult
Education of the older adult/teaching strategies
Leadership courses

Program Contact/Advisor

Contact Person: Glen McNeil, (785) 628-5296.

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