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HHS: Social Gerontology

In the Health and Humans Services major with a concentration in Social Gerontology students will study elements of the aging process, healthcare issues as they pertain to the elderly, and the sociology of aging. Students will experience various aspects of health and human services work with the elderly during two semesters of fieldwork. This fieldwork will allow students to interact with various agencies that provide services to this unique population and will interact with clients and learn about resources available to help these individuals improve the quality of their lives.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements for the HHS Social Gerontology Program can be found here.

Careers and further education in Social Gerontology

Our majors have gone on to pursue graduate studies in areas such as Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Health Care Administration, etc. Additionally, Social Gerontology graduates have gone on to work as Service Coordinators, Activities Assistants, Residential Coordinators, etc. For a complete listing of graduate work and careers that our students have pursued please click here.

Student Spotlight

  • Ashley Machovec

    Originally from Binghamton, NY, I came to University at Buffalo as a transfer student from my local community college. After switching my major a few times, I chose to be an early childhood education concentration with a teaching and speech pathology minor. Taking a wrong turn on main street in Buffalo, I ended up at […]

  • Clarissa Cardarelli

    I’m from Orchard Park, NY and I am studying French, Linguistics, and International Studies with a regional focus in Africa. I chose International Studies as my major since I have always loved learning foreign languages and about foreign cultures. I plan to use what I have learned about foreign relations, economics, and politics to pursue […]

  • Shontay Barnes

    Originally from Buffalo New York, I am pursuing a double major in Health and Human Services/Community Mental Health and Psychology. I chose this major because I learned about the excellent opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the field.  I was very pleased to see that there was an internship component of the major.  My participation […]

  • Cherrelle Collins

    For me this major encompassed everything I am. After pursuing nursing, and realizing that clinical work was not “for me”, I started to hone in on my leadership skills, ability to direct, inspire and HELP. It was at that moment that I realized I wanted to become instrumental in helping someone else find their “calling” […]

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