Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology

Program Contact: Catherine Richards Solomon   203-582-5264

Quinnipiac is one of the few universities to offer an undergraduate major that anticipates one of the growing realities in our society: the rise in the number of older Americans. Every aspect of our society will be affected by the rapidly growing number of people over age 65. Gerontology prepares students to have careers that can address these societal changes. Jobs related to gerontology are among the fastest growing in the U.S. right now, and can be found in a range of professions, from health and business to policy and social programs. Nearly every profession entails working with clients over 65. Our curriculum is unique in that it provides students with a broad understanding of the various issues older individuals and their families face in later life: how our families and social networks changes as we age, the effects of aging on our minds and bodies, and which social programs and policies exist to help older people and families. Because the effects of an aging population are so far-reaching, the program is based on interdisciplinary studies, including courses from sociology, psychology, biology, philosophy and law.

Gerontology majors also complete two semester-long internships in public or private agencies involved directly with the elderly, such as senior centers, retirement complexes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, community aging services, case management agencies and nursing homes. Students are prepared to continue their education or assume careers in aging-related areas such as social work, law, public health, medicine, health administration and public policy.

Gerontology Curriculum

In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements, students majoring in Gerontology must meet the following requirements for graduation:

Gerontology Core Requirements
Required courses for the major in gerontology:
SO 101Introduction to Sociology 13
PS 101Introduction to Psychology 13
GT 205From College to Career (SO/CJ 205)1
GT 263Sociology of Aging (SO 263)3
PS 234Adult Development & Aging (GT 234)3
GT 290Research Methods (SO 290)3
BMS 200Biology and Experience of Human Aging 13
GT 382Studying Social Issues with Statistics (SO 382)3
GT 385Senior Seminar (SO 385)3
Two internships in the community:
GT 392Internship in the Community (SO 392)3
GT 394Advanced Internship in the Community3
Select two of the following:6
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1
Social Stratification 1
Sociology of Families (WS 255) 1
Social Welfare Institutions
Population and Society 1
Illness and Disability 1
Death, Grief and Bereavement (GT 305)
Ethics and Human Values 1
Philosophies of Health, Healing and Medicine 1
Philosophy of Death and Dying
Health Psychology
Any PT or OT course
Select two of the following:6
Program Planning and Administration (SO 270)
Death, Grief and Bereavement (SO 305)
Introduction to Social Work (SO 311)
Case Management (SO 315)
Total Credits43

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.