Programs for Gerontology Studies
Gerontology is the comprehensive study of aging. By the year 2050, one in 7 people will be 65 or older. There is a growing need for skilled professionals to care for this aging population. Partially due to the demand for help in the aging population, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the health care and social assistance sector will add 5 million jobs between 2012 and 2022.
An 18-credit minor in gerontology offers students the opportunity to gain specialized, multidisciplinary knowledge in the process of aging, and experience working with older adults. Students majoring in nursing, social work, psychology, speech and language, sociology, biology and other fields have found a minor in gerontology gives them an advantage in the workplace, as growing numbers of older adults are in need of services.
Required courses include the Introduction to Gerontology course, and a one-semester, 5 credit field placement of 100 hours of supervised work with older adults. Minor requirements are described in the section of the Molloy College Catalog on minors.