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