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Human Behaviors, Cultures, Languages, and Literatures


Bachelor of Arts


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus
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Understand Aging

Gerontology is the study of later life and how an aging society affects everyone. As a social science, it focuses on the social implications of the aging experience. In this major, you’ll engage in critical analysis of aging and develop ideas and skills that can be integrated with other areas of study such as business, public policy, and health.

Contact Info

Sara McLaughlin, Ph.D.

Chief Departmental Advisor

Department of Sociology and Gerontology

375 Upham Hall

100 Bishop Circle, Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

The first year of study includes the College of Arts and Science requirements and Global Miami Plan courses in addition to an introductory gerontology course, Big Ideas in Aging. In their sophomore year, majors will take coursework in statistics and research methods followed by upper-level courses during their junior and senior years based on their selected track.

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Course Catalog

Career Options

Most graduates pursue careers and/or advanced degrees in an aging-related field. Because of the ever-increasing population of older persons, there will continue to be a great need for individuals trained in gerontology.

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data


Kira Wirsig
  • Gerontology has also given me an understanding of different cohorts around me. I have more patience and understanding of people in different stages of life and I think that's a huge asset.

    Kira Wirsig '20
    Gerontology, Strategic Communication

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