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Courses & Advising


Advising for 2017-18 Academic Year - Dr. Rachel Craft will serve as the Advising and Practicum Coordinator for the Gerontology Program during the Fall, 2017, and Spring, 2018, terms. She is helping while Dr. Meuser is on partial, temporary reassignment as the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. See the Contact Us page on how to reach Dr. Craft.

Dr. Meuser and his colleagues in Gerontology provide something called "developmental advising" to all students. Developmental advising is a collaborative discussion aimed at linking student interests and goals with the academic process and course planning. Courses are selected to address both personal interests and to create a plan of study that will address immediate and longer-term career objectives.

The Advising Guide lists the courses and basic requirements for students pursuing all of our degree options: the MSG, Graduate Certificate, Undergraduate Certificate, and Minor. Our curriculum was updated in 2015 for students starting in 2016 and after. We are now offering expanded elective options for MSG students and a range of new courses, including a special service learning option, for undergraduate students.

The Gerontology Program Bulletin – the official programmatic document for the University – defines all course requirements and options in depth.

The Program Director, Dr. Tom Meuser, provides all course-related counseling and advising. As much as possible, Dr. Meuser helps new students “map out” their plans of study prior to the first semester in the program, and then he reviews this plan ahead of each subsequent semester. Contact Dr. Meuser by e-mail ( or by phone (314-516-5421) to schedule an advising appointment.

Dr. Meuser schedules an "advising week" for current students in October, February-March, and June of each year. The MyView System does not allow students to register until an advising appointment has occurred and the student has been cleared. Dr. Meuser also issues permission numbers for certain classes (e.g., our practicum courses).

Mission Statement

The Gerontology Program is committed to producing graduates who have an appreciation for the rewards and challenges of gerontological practice, and who are equipped with the knowledge to shape positive attitudes concerning aging, and who have the skills necessary to build meaningful structures for care and support of older adults in our community and beyond.