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Gerontology major offers senior a warm touch

Behavioral Science: Gerontology Overview

Demand has never been higher for professionals who specialize in gerontology. The Gerontology concentration brings focus to the study of aging. It is concerned with the psychological, sociological and behavioral aspects of the life course and lifespan.  Learn the skills you need to excel in a rewarding and growing field. 

 

Gerontology major helps senior citizen

Career Opportunities

As the aging population grows, graduates with a gerontology degree have obtained positions in academia, research, direct care, non-profits, governmental agencies, business, and product development. With a degree in aging, the possibilities are endless.  Specific careers students have entered include:

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
  • Local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
  • Nursing
  • Rehabilitation therapies
  • Case management
  • Marketing research firms
  • Pharmaceutical corporations
  • Architecture working on universal design

What You'll Get
The Mercy Advantage

  • Flexible schedule
  • Study your specific interests
  • Experienced professors
  • Various internship opportunities

Full-Time Faculty

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Rudolph Aikens Adjunct Instructor, Behavioral Science
Carmela Dormani
Carmela Dormani Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science
cdormani@mercy.edu
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Sarah Hahn Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science
shahn@mercy.edu
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Serah Shani Associate Professor, Behavioral Science
sshani@mercy.edu

Part-Time Faculty

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Rudolph Aikens Adjunct Instructor, Behavioral Science
RAikens@mercy.edu
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Thomas Culhane Lecturer, Behavioral Science
tculhane@mercy.edu
George D'Arbeau
George D'Arbeau Adjunct Instructor, Behavioral Science
gdarbeau@mercy.edu
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Douglas Evans Adjunct Associate Professor, Behavioral Science
devans7@mercy.edu

Faculty Emeritae/i

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Deborah Aikens Assistant Professor Emerita, Behavioral Science
daikens@mercy.edu
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Hind Rassam Culhane Associate Professor Emerita, Behavioral Science
HCulhane@mercy.edu
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Mary Kraetzer Professor Emerita, Behavioral Science
MKraetzer@mercy.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I contact to learn more about the Gerontology Concentration?

Faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships.

Please contact Sarah Hahn (shahn@mercy.edu) for more information.

How can the gerontology concentration help me define my path?

A wide variety of courses such as Career and Life Planning Credit, and internships can help you decide. All courses in the Behavioral Sciences are taught by professors who have much experience in a variety of workplaces, schools, corporations, health centers, which they are ready to share with you.

Does a gerontology concentration mean that I will need more credits?

No, the gerontology concentration courses are within the 36 credits of the major.

I am a transfer student. Is the Behavioral Science major feasible for me?

Yes. The major has 4 required courses and 8 electives which means that courses that you have taken already may be evaluated and may be credited toward your major. Such courses may also be counted as electives.

Program Outcomes

At the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Apply psychological and sociological concepts to career goals

  • Identify, and compare quantitative and qualitative methods, research designs, and basic statistical tools

  • Explain how the study of social class, ethnicity, gender, age, race, and religion can facilitate cultural competencies, focusing on social and personal awareness

  • Apply psychological and sociological principles, theories, and research to personal, cultural, and organizational situations

  • Describe the services available and needed to provide for the well-being of the elderly

Program Details & Curriculum

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Curriculum Overview

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits

Major Concentration
Behavioral Science: 36 Credits
Open Electives: 24 Credits

Total: 120 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog.