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.
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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.
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.
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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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