The Gerontology Concentration in Human Development and Family Studies 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduates of this concentration have found rewarding careers in long term care facilities, Area Agencies on Aging, and nonprofit agencies.
|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|
|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|
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- Outstanding Human Development Student Scholarship
- Dorothy and James Fruit Gerontology Scholarship
- John and Alicia Pieper Scholarship
- Area Agency on Aging Scholarship (contact Tim Martin at email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- For more information on the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, please contact: Dr. Greg Smith, email@example.com
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.