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2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate in Gerontology

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Gerontology Program

Adelle Williams

“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 recognized students’ exemplary scholastic accomplishments in the field of aging. Undergraduate students with a GPA 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 minor in gerontology. Students must assume responsibility for fulfilling all requirements for graduation.

Requirements for the Certificate

With the assistance of an advisor from the Gerontology Program, students will select four 3-credit courses approved from the gerontology specialization and will conduct a 3-credit internship in an organization which addresses the needs of older adults.

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