3310 Gerontology

Program Offered:

  • Certificate in Gerontology

605 One Park Place
404/413-5210
gerontology.gsu.edu

Elisabeth Burgess, Director
Chivon A. Mingo, Director of Undergraduate Studies

The undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology gives students throughout the university the option of combining their major field of study with an emphasis in gerontology. It is designed to prepare students for: (1) admission to graduate and professional degree programs, such as gerontology, medicine, nursing, psychology, public administration, sociology, and social work, in which they plan to pursue a specialization in gerontology, or (2) entry-level professional jobs in direct services to older persons in nutrition programs, senior centers, volunteer programs, nursing homes, and residential and assisted living facilities.

The curriculum provides an overview of the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging; health care and social service programs for older persons; and contemporary aging policy issues. Through both course work and internship experience, students gain specialized knowledge and skills needed to live and work in today’s aging society.

Faculty members from business to law, the social and biological sciences, and the health and human service professions are associated with the Gerontology Institute. They bring a diverse, interdisciplinary perspective to the institute’s instructional programs and are engaged in a wide range of research in the areas such as long-term care, assisted living, ethnicity and aging, learning and memory, retirement, aging among minorities, inter-generational caregiving, and marketing to seniors.

Visit the major maps for this program  at cas.gsu.edu/major/gerontology-certificate-program/ for a year-by-year overview of class info, co-curricular opportunities, advisement and assistance, and much more.

Program Admission

To be admitted to the undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology, students must be regularly enrolled in a degree program at Georgia State University. Students are required to submit an application to the certificate program obtained from the Gerontology Institute and have a minimal institutional GPA of 2.0.

Program Degree Requirements

To receive the undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology, students must complete the following 18-semester-hour curriculum with a grade of C or higher on all course work.

Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology

  1. Required Courses (9)
    • GERO 2000 Introduction to Gerontology (3)
      Select two of the following required courses (6):
    • GERO 4116 Aging and Society (3)
    • GERO 4200 Health and the Older Adult (3)
    • GERO 4610 Psychology of Aging (3) (Prerequisite: PSYC 1101)
  2. Select one course. (3)
    • GERO 4110 Aging Policy and Services (3)
    • SW 4460 Aging Practice, Policy and Research Issues (3)
  3. Select one course. (3)
    • GERO 3124 Diversity and Aging (3)
    • GERO 4110 Aging Policy and Services (3) (if not taken in section 2 above)
    • GERO 4116 Aging and Society (3) (if not taken in section 1 above)
    • GERO 4119 Global Aging and Services
    • GERO 4122 Death, Dying, and Loss (3)
    • GERO 4130 Family, Intimacy, and Aging (3)
    • GERO 4200 Health and the Older Adult (3) (if not taken in section 1 above)
    • GERO 4475 Communication and Aging (3)
    • GERO 4610 Psychology of Aging (3) (if not taken in section 1 above) (Prerequisite: Psyc 1101)
    • GERO 4700 Selected Topics in Gerontology (3)
    • GERO 4800 Directed Study in Gerontology (3)
    • SW 4260 Aging Practice, Policy and Research Issues (3) (if not taken in section 2 above)
  4. Required Course (3)
    • GERO 4910 Gerontology Internship (1-3) (or an approved alternate internship course)