About Gerontology Department
The Gerontology Program provides an applied interdisciplinary approach to studying the human aging process and the challenges encountered by older adults and their families as they interact in contemporary society.
The Department of Gerontology curriculum was conceived and has evolved based on the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) nationally recognized gerontological program criteria and professional practice competencies. Using this organization's vision, national evidence based view, and competency criteria, has strengthened the program, assisted career definition in the field, and positioned the Sacramento State Program to be ready for program accreditation when it is mandated by the profession.
Gerontology DepartmentDegree options
- Bachelor of science in Gerontology.
- Minor in Gerontology.
- Special Master's concentrating in Gerontology and one other area of study.
Gerontology is an applied interdisciplinary program that fosters study of the aging process, predominately exploring the years after 65. Courses in the curriculum are designed to promote a cohesive interconnected holistic understanding of gerontological issues grounded in evidence-based biological, psychological, socio-cultural-spiritual, environmental, racial, gendered, sexual orientation, generational, and political contexts. Along with providing a solid interdisciplinary knowledge and experiential base, the Gerontology Program's mission is to prepare graduates to:
1.) assume roles in diverse settings serving the older adult community; 2.) develop a distinctly humanistic, ethical, responsible, and professional approach to the conduct of those roles; and 3.) develop interest in and skills for life long-inquiry and participation in civic engagement.