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The only program of its kind in the area, the BA or BS in Behavioral and Social Gerontology draws heavily on sociology and psychology to examine the unique needs of the aged population. The gerontology degree program includes courses about death and dying, ethics, the social psychology of aging, the biology of aging, theories of counseling, and therapeutic activities.
Gwynedd Mercy University offers you a hands-on experience that’s unrivaled by other Behavioral and Social Gerontology programs in PA. GMercyU’s degree in gerontology program offers:
Increase the value of your degree in gerontology by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.
In addition to general education and University requirements, as a gerontology major you will need to complete the following major-related courses:
Major Requirements – 60 Credits
|PSY 200||Developmental Psychology|
|PSY 209||Dementia: Understanding and Best Practices|
|PSY 212||Counseling and Communication Skills|
|PSY 285||Therapeutic Activities for the Elderly|
|PSY 312||Research Methods|
|PSY 314||Ethical Issues in Behavioral and Social Sciences|
|PSY 320||Experimental Psychology|
|SOC 201||Introduction to Human Services|
|SOC 246||Issues in Gerontology|
|SOC 260||Death & Dying|
|SOC 335||Human Services Administration|
|SOC 341||Social Psychology of Aging|
|SOC 442||Gerontology Field Placement I|
|SOC 443||Gerontology Field Placement II|
A minimum of 125 credits is required for a degree in gerontology.
See the undergraduate catalog (PDF) for more information and course descriptions.
GMercyU’s Gerontology major students have interned at some of the best facilities in the area, including:
A bachelor’s degree in Behavioral and Social Gerontology will prepare you for entry-level work doing case management and activity coordination. If you wish to pursue additional education, you’ll find your gerontology degree makes an excellent stepping-stone to graduate study in social work or administration. Job growth in this area is expected to grow at a much faster rate than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
• Agency Director
• Assistant Director of Agency
• Behavior Specialist
• Case Worker
• Clinical Social Worker
• Developmental Disabilities (Dementia)
• Educator, Higher Education
• Employment / Occupational Social Worker
• Faith-based Agency Worker
• Family Services Social Worker
• Group Home Director
• Health Care Specialist
• Health Care Worker
• Hospital Social Worker
• Intake Counselor
• Market Research Analyst
• Marriage Counselor
• Mental Health Worker
• Mobile Therapist
• Peace Corps / VISTA Volunteer / Mercy Corps
• Program Manager
• Psychiatric Social Worker
• Research Analyst
• Residential Counselor
• School Social Worker
• Technical Writer
• Therapeutic Staff Service Worker
• Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
* Some of these careers may involve acquiring additional education.
*This is only a partial list and not meant to limit you.