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!

Spring 2019 Course Offerings

Core Courses Supportive Courses
HED 473 Health Aspects of Aging CST 354 Health Communication 
PSY 358 Adulthood and Aging CST 336 Family Communication


HED 320 U.S. Health Care System
  PSY/SOC 422 Death, Dying and Bereavement
  RTH 345 TR Recreational Therapy for Older Adults
  RTH 329 TR-Populations
  ESS 443 Fitness Across the Lifespan

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

The Immortalists
The Immortalists Movie Poster

Can we live forever?? Come explore the question Monday, April 9th, from 6:30-8:30 in Centennial 1400. Join us for a screening of the documentary, The Immortalists, with a discussion following the film.

This documentary tells the story of "Two eccentric scientists struggle to create eternal youth in a world they call 'blind to the tragedy of old age.' Their scientific journeys ultimately become personal as they battle their own aging and suffer the losses of loved ones." You can view the trailer  on their website. We will have a panel of UWL faculty to give a ranges of academic perspectives on the reality of reversing aging.

The Immortalists

Aging Simulation
Come join us to ask questions about the emphasis and briefly experience some of the potential challenges associated with aging. We will be in the Union, April 10th, 12:00-1:00. Stop by, say hi, bring a friend! We are happy to help you identify how Gerontology could be a useful addition to any academic plan.