Graduate Certificate in the Social Aspects of Aging

The Graduate Certificate in Social Aspects of Aging is a multi-disciplinary program designed to offer a limited number of academically and professionally oriented graduate experiences in aging.

The graduate certificate program is located within the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in cooperation with the Departments of Family and Consumer Sciences, Psychology, Health Sciences, Speech Pathology and Audiology, and the School of Social Work.

Admission Requirements

Students who seek the certificate in conjunction with a degree in an academic department or school must meet admission requirements for that unit. Students who seek only the graduate certificate must meet University graduate admission requirements and be admitted to the Graduate School. Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA in certificate courses to be awarded the certificate.

Certificate Requirements

Twelve hours are required, which include the following:

  • Seminar in Gerontology (SOC 411): taken after at least 6 hours of the other elective courses have been completed;
  • Elective courses (9 hours) from among these gerontology-related courses: HSC/FCS 394 Health Aspects of Aging; PSY 303 Adult Development and Aging; or PSY 304 Gerontological Psychology; COM 331 Human Communication and the Aging Process; PCS 305 Families in Later Life; SOC 310 Medical Sociology.
  • Experience in Gerontology: Each student enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Social Aspects of Aging program may negotiate with the certificate advisor in SOC or the cooperating department for three hours of “experience” credit in gerontology. This credit may include, but is not limited to, 400 Independent Study or 498 Professional Practice in any department/program that is relevant to the Social Aspects of Aging. Each “experience” is expected to involve some focused writing and analysis assignments.  This experience should ordinarily be permitted after other courses are completed, including SOA 411 (Seminar in Gerontology).  If the experience is of a “selected problems” type, a proposal should be approved by the Graduate Certificate in Social Aspects of Aging advisor no later than the fifth week of the semester.

For more information, contact Dr. Chris Wellin at (309) 438-7698 or