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Gerontology Major

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
SWK121  Introduction to Social Welfare
ENG124  College Composition
SOC121  Sociology
COM121  Effective Speaking
GER121  Introduction to Gerontology
SWK124  Methods in Practice I
ITD122  Computer Applications for Professionals
SWK224  Poverty in the U.S.
PSY121  General Psychology
BIO127  Human Biology
SWK130  Methods in Practice II
SWK126  Human Behavior in the Social Environment
MTH108  Explorations in Modern Mathematics or MTH124 Statistics
SWK125  Substance Abuse
SOC225  Cultural Diversity
PSC121  Political Science
BUS122  Basic Economics
SWK231  Human and Social Services Practicum and Seminar
GER122  Psychosocial Aspects of Aging
SWK230  Social Services for the Elderly

TOTAL CREDITS 62

All students in the HSST program are required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal background checks may prevent placements, program completion and potential employment in the field.

Prepare to enter the workforce with courses and training related to community resources, human behavior, interviewing skills, cultural sensitivity and ethical awareness with a focus on gerontology. You’ll be able to apply to become an Ohio registered social worker assistant, working under the supervision of a social worker to develop and organize programs related to cases such as substance abuse, rehabilitation and the aging process. You’ll also be able to continue to a bachelor's degree program to become a social worker.

The gerontology major provides students with knowledge and understanding of the normal but highly variable process of aging and human development. The major prepares students to be more effective in working with older adults and in the implementation of programs and services for the elderly. The program is designed for professionals or paraprofessionals currently working in the field of aging, students who anticipate working with older adults or anyone who is interested in understanding the aging process for personal or professional reasons.

DEGREE EARNED
Associate of applied science in human and social services

CERTIFICATE OPTIONS
The Gerontology Career Enhancement Certificate is stackable toward the human and social services – gerontology major degree.

TRANSFER AGREEMENTS WITH
Kent State University

CERTIFICATION
Graduates can register to become a social work assistant through the State of Ohio.

WORK IN MANY AREAS, INCLUDING
• mental health
• family advocacy
• health care
• nursing homes
• crisis intervention
• gerontology

PREPARE FOR A CAREER AS A 
• case manager
• social worker assistant
• crisis intervention assistant
• family support assistant
• nursing home assistant
• mental health technician

ADDITIONAL FEES 
All students are required to undergo a criminal background check.

PROGRAM-RELATED SCHOLARSHIPS 
Katy Hatton Memorial Scholarship

JOIN STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS 
Human and Social Services Student Association
Student Connection Club

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT 
Shari Shiepis
Department Chair, Human and Social Services
330 494-6170, Ext. 4474
sshiepis@starkstate.edu