216G Strain Behavioral Science Building
724-738-2855 / 2050
“My experience with the SRU gerontology program fostered my interest in aging. The education was the key that unlocked the door to my career in gerontology.”
Michelle Zanicky Jamieson
Gerontology is an interdisciplinary specialization that focuses on aging and the aging process. This specialization is designed to enhance the understanding of aging and enrich interactions among generations. It is a valuable adjunct for those preparing to work directly with, or indirectly for, older persons. Job opportunities for students who have academic preparation in gerontology are available in community agencies servicing the older adult, long term care facilities and hospitals, senior citizen living facilities, and community recreation and senior centers. The program is open to students in any major. Students may decide to complete the requirements for a certificate in gerontology or a gerontology minor.
Students conduct an internship in an organization which provides services to older adults and students actively participate in a service learning project. Opportunities to participate in campus and community activities are available.
Sigma Phi Omega, the national gerontology honorary society recognizes students’ exemplary scholastic accomplishments in the field of aging. Undergraduate students with a QPA of 3.3 or above (on a 4.0 scale) are eligible to apply. The Anne Bicknell Scholarship is offered on an annual basis (based upon available findings) and an application, essay and references are required.
Students planning to complete the program in gerontology will declare a major within a department. Major responsibility for advisement will rest within this department. However, the coordinator will assist students in the selection of gerontology courses to fulfill either the certificate or the minor in gerontology. Students must assume responsibility for fulfilling all requirements for graduation.