Interim Coordinator: Sara S. Sullivan (Psychology)

335A Graff Main Hall, 608-785-6897



Advisers: Murray (Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation); Kelley (Health Education and Health Promotion); Scherwitz (Philosophy); Temple (Clinical Science).



Program statement

The emphasis in gerontology is a multi-disciplinary program designed to assist students planning to enter career-related areas directly involving older persons. The study of gerontology will also help students prepare for their own aging as well as to develop a better understanding of and to seek enrichment for the lives of aging parents and our aging populations.




Gerontology Emphasis

(All colleges) 24 credits with at least 18 credits from the core and supportive areas (a minimum of eight credits must be from the core) plus a field experience with a gerontological focus of at least three credits.


Gerontology Core

HED 452; PSY 312; RTH 345; SOC 260.


Supportive Courses

ECO 471, ESS 442, HED 445, 485; PHL 339; POL 313; PSY 313; RTH 326, 327, 480; SOC 320, 420, 422.


Field Experience

(must have a gerontological focus)

ANT 450; CEI 450; ESS 450; HED 498; PSY 450; RTH 498; SOC 450.



In addition to the supportive courses, departments will offer

workshops from time to time that will be germane to the

gerontology emphasis. Maximum of three credits from such

workshops will be applicable.