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Dr. Herbert Haines
Sharon Steadman (Acting)
Moffett Center, Room 2120
Phone: 607-753-2726
Fax: 607-753-5973
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday
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Program Details

Sociology: Concentration in Social Gerontology [SOC/SGRT] (Major)

This concentration in the Sociology/Anthropology Department introduces majors to the theoretical, research, policy and practical issues relevant to careers that involve working with the aged, developing or administering government programs aimed at older people, creating social policy on aging, and acting as a gerontological consultant in the business and public sectors.

Career Potential

  • Gerontological research
  • Gerontological specialist and consultant
  • Geriatric social work
  • Public administration
  • Geriatric nutrition and recreation

Total Credit Hours Required for Major: 36
A. Core Courses, required: 12 credit hours
  • SOC 150 - Introduction to Sociology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 492 - Sociological Theory (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 493 - Methods of Social Research I (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 494 - Methods of Social Research II (3 cr. hr.)
B. Gerontology Concentration Courses, required: 12 credit hours
  • HUS 430 - Social Welfare Institutions (3 cr. hr.)
    Cross-listed with SOC 430
  • PSY 334 - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 220 - Introduction to Social Gerontology (3 cr. hr.)
    (covers Category C)
  • SOC 425 - Sociology of Aging and the Life Course (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 430 - Social Welfare Institutions (3 cr. hr.)
    (covers Category A) Cross-listed with HUS 430
C. Category Courses, required: Six credit hours

See list under Major in Sociology.

  • Three credit hours from Category B
  • Three credit hours from Category D
D. Sociology Electives: Six credit hours

Options for fulfilling these credit hours include courses from any of the four categories (A, B, C, D), three credit hours of internship (CPV 400), and/or one anthropology course at the 300- or 400-level (excluding ANT 300).

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124