The undergraduate gerontology programs at Miami educate students about complex social issues that equip them to respond with informed sensitivity to individual, family, community, societal, and global challenges of aging. Graduates are empowered with an understanding of the impact of aging in all areas of life and work. Many graduates pursue careers and/ or advanced degrees in aging-related fields.
General categories of career options for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in gerontology are: advocacy, direct service provision, education and training, management and administration, marketing and product development, program planning and evaluation, and research. Miami offers two thematic sequences and an undergraduate minor and major. Both majors and minors complete a practicum/ internship in an organization/ agency that addresses the needs of older adults.
Gerontology can stand alone as a major and alternatively, it is an excellent choice to pair with another major (e.g., business, communication, family studies and social work, health appraisal and enhancement, pre-med, sociology, speech language and pathology).