Gerontology


Gerontology

Prepare to work with aging individuals and their families in a range of social service or educational settings.

As the population grows older, the understanding of human development and aging becomes more important. 

In response, USJ’s Gerontology program provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding aging as a process of life-long development. This program promotes understanding of:

  • The nature of aging
  • Socially constructed definitions of aging
  • Public policy
  • Systems and networks for promoting human development

Our 18 credit undergraduate Gerontology minor or certificate is designed to complement a variety of undergraduate degree programs, such as Family Studies, Nursing, Social Work and Counseling. Contact us to learn more.

Gerontology Program Curriculum:

Our program curriculum may be found in our online catalog.

Internship Opportunities:

  • Connecticut Community Care
  • Community Renewal Team
  • Wheeler Clinic - Adult Substance Abuse
  • Connecticut State Legislature
  • The Alzheimer's Association
  • Adult Day Care
  • Nursing Homes/Assisted Living Facilities

Undergraduate Course Offerings: 

  • Introduction to Gerontology
  • Biology of Aging
  • Nutrition of Aging
  • Health of Aging 
  • Special Topics in Gerontology 
  • Seminar on Aging
  • Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation 
  • Internship

 Career Opportunities for Gerontology Students:

  • Corporate Gerontologists
  • Life Review & Reminiscence Facilitators
  • Senior Center Directors
  • Resident Services Coordinators
  • Retirement Advisors
  • Nursing Home Administrators