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What is Gerontology?

  • Gerontology is the study of aging and includes psychological, biological and social dimensions.
  • Research in gerontological issues has dispelled many myths and stereotypes typically associated with older adults.
  • More work in this field is needed to help maintain and improve the quality of life for this population.

Gerontology Contact

Dr. Adelle Williams, Gerontology Program Coordinator 
018 Carruth Rizza Hall (724) 738-2855/2050 or 

Why study aging?

  • Satisfaction in helping to improve and maintain the quality of life for older adults.
  • Opportunity to provide a positive influence on policies and regulations involving the elderly population.
  • Increasing number of families in need of assistance.
  • Increasing number of jobs related to working with the elderly.
  • Career opportunities in aging include many disciplines and professions.
  • Job opportunities available in community agencies, long term care facilities, hospitals, senior citizen living and recreation facilities, and other public and private systems.

SRU Gerontology

  • Program was established in 1979 and includes an undergraduate minor, undergraduate certificate.
  • Minor/Certificate is designed to provide a specialization in aging for persons pursuing their degrees at SRU.
  • Curriculum was developed based on the standards of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE).

Application Process

  • Complete the Gerontology Admission Application form AND a minor declaration form which are available at the Gerontology Program office located in 018 Carruth Rizza Hall, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA 16057.
  • Applications are also available outside 216 BSB and outside main office.
  • To be eligible for admission students must have a cumulative QPA of at least 2.5

“Courses within the Gerontology Program were very helpful and prepared me week for my internship in the nursing home”.

“Dr. Williams makes learning fun. The relaxed environment provided stress-free classes but also challenged my knowledge and skills and the volunteer hours are great learning tools”.