The Gerontology Concentration in Human Development and Family Science emphasizes a multidisciplinary perspective on aging. This concentration examines changes typical of the aging process, along with atypical problems that can arise as an individual ages.

Embedded within the concentration are opportunities for students to apply knowledge from coursework and research to their work with older adults. It is estimated that in the year 2020, one in five persons will be sixty-five or older. The increasing numbers of older adults persons will mean an increasing demand for professionals with the skills and insight gained from training in gerontology. Because of this increased demand, Gerontology graduates have a higher than average job placement rate. Within six months of graduation approximately 70% of students are employed full time in professional jobs within the field of aging. The study of aging can also inform individuals who have concerns about the aging of a loved one.  The study of Gerontology helps individuals understand their own aging process and gain an understanding of how to age successfully.

For more information contact Dr. Kelly Cichy at

Graduates of this concentration have found rewarding careers in long term care facilities, Area Agencies on Aging, and nonprofit agencies.

Concentration Requirements
BSCI 40020 Biology of Aging 5
GERO 14029 Introduction to Gerontology 3
GERO 30656 Psychology of Aging 3
GERO 44031 Social Policy & Community Resources for Older Adults 3
GERO 44092 Practicum in Gerontology 3-6
SOC 42879 Aging in Society 3

Select 6 hours from the following:

ARCH 45640 Developing Environments for Older Adults 3
HED 42041 Health Counseling 3
IHS 44010 Research, Design and Statistical Methods in Health Professions 3
JMC 28001 Principles of Public Relations 3
PHIL 4005 Health Care Ethics  
RPTM 36010 Recreation, Leisure and Aging 3
SOC 42010 Death and Dying 3
SOC 42563 Sociology of Health and Health Care 3
SPA 44130 Communication Disorders of Aging 2

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Students are strongly encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

  1. Outstanding Human Development Student Scholarship
  2. Dorothy and James Fruit Gerontology Scholarship
  3. John and Alicia Pieper Scholarship
  4. Area Agency on Aging Scholarship (contact Tim Martin at for an application)

For more information on available scholarships in the College of Education, Health and Human Services and eligibility requirements, visit the Scholarships page.

  • For more information on the Gerontology concentration/Gerontology minor, please contact: Dr. Kelly Cichy,
  • For more information on the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, please contact: Dr. Greg Smith,

Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

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