Gerontology is the study of aging from perspectives of the individual, family and society at large. Gerontologists understand key social, psychological, biological, medical and functional aspects of the aging process, and apply this knowledge in a variety of professional settings.
The Gerontology Program welcomes students interested in aging and the rich lived experiences of older adults in the US and across the globe. We offer both an Undergraduate Certificate and a Minor in Gerontological Studies to allow students to engage in the study of human aging and to provide opportunities for personal learning and enrichment.
It is common at UMSL for students in social work, psychology, nursing and other professional disciplines, to pursue a certificate or minor as an add-on credential. For example, a student in the social work program might enroll to earn a certificate with a goal of being a “gerontological social worker.”
If you appreciate older adults and want an introduction to the field of gerontology, we invite you to our program. Careers in aging include work in social services, health care, policy, local government, veteran affairs, housing, business, education, counseling, and a host of other settings. Take an elective with us and see if gerontology is a fit for you!
To learn more, contact the Program Director, Dr. Tom Meuser, at 314-516-5421 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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