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Department of Sociology, Gerontology & Gender

Welcome to the Department of Sociology, Gerontology and Gender (SGG) website. This newly formed unit combines three programs in the social sciences with long histories of cooperation and collaboration at UMSL. SGG provides new opportunities for student learning, community engagement, and research.

Our standard degrees in sociology (BS, BA), gerontology (MS, graduate certificate), and gender studies (undergraduate and graduate certificates) continue as in the past. To these, we plan to add new “tracks” for combined learning across two or more disciplines at once. Are you interested in the sociology of aging? Or the sociology of gender expression and identity? A new undergraduate certificate in gerontology is also in the works, along with many new course options in aging at the undergraduate level. How might we serve your learning needs?

At a basic level, sociology is the study of social behavior, groups, and institutions. We explore these topics across the full spectrum of the human experience.  Our newly integrated department allows us to offer focused explorations of the issues of aging and gender on both individual identity and the structure of the wider society. With the recent Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage (and other events), issues of gender expression and identity are receiving significant attention in society today. The post WWII “baby boom” population is now reaching age 65 and older, with the wants and needs of this group likely to remain prominent for many years to come. How can our society and institutions address issues of gender and aging moving forward? Take a class in SGG and find out!

Each academic program – sociology, gerontology, gender studies – will maintain its own unique identity in the new department. You can learn about each by clicking on one of the links to the left. This site features announcements, programs of study, and other information that apply to our joint interests. Bookmark this page and visit often to learn about new developments and opportunities.

Robert Keel, Teaching Professor and Chair