Gerontology Major

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.

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

Associate of applied science in human and social services

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

Kent State University

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

  • mental health
  • family advocacy
  • health care
  • nursing homes
  • crisis intervention
  • gerontology
  • case manager
  • social worker assistant
  • crisis intervention assistant
  • family support assistant
  • nursing home assistant
  • mental health technician
  • All students are required to undergo a criminal background check.
  • Katy Hatton Memorial Scholarship

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  • Human and Social Services Student Association
  • Student Connection Club