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Gerontology is a multidisciplinary field focused on the processes of aging in older adults. 

The experience of aging is a rich process that begins at birth. Every individual undergoes changes in their social lives, cognitive health, emotional responses, and physical bodies as they develop. Gerontology takes advantage of the knowledge and skills from a broad range of disciplines to understand the aging process; provide better resources, products, and care to older adults; and prepare people for their own aging experiences.

We believe that supplementing your education with gerontology will be an asset to your future. Gerontology can be related to any major or interest – that is one of the great things about this area of study.  If you don’t see a connection between your passion and the study of aging, give us the chance to help you find it!

Fall 2019 Course Offerings

Core Courses Supportive Courses
HED 473 Health Aspects of Aging ECO 350 Health Economics
PSY 358 Adulthood and Aging CST 336 Family Communication


HED 320 U.S. Health Care System
  PSY 422Death, Dying and Bereavement
PSY 434 Clinical Neuropsychology
  RTH 480 TR Leisure Education
  RTH 329 TR-Diagnostic Groups in Therapeutic Recreation
  ESS 443 Fitness Across the Lifespan
PUB 334 Healthy Policy
   GEO 300 Population Geography
SOC 320 Health Care and Illness

If you are enrolled in credits for volunteer experiences or internships that are focused on aging, contact us. You may be able to earn credits towards completing your emphasis.

Upcoming Events

Aging Cafe, May 4, Franciscan Spirituality Center, 9-11, Free event, but registration required: or  608-791-5295.

Community members of all ages are invited to gather together to explore the subject of aging!

Questions? Contact Erica Srinivasan at or Ellen Rozek at