Gerontology is the study of aging.
An interdisciplinary field, it combines disciplines such as biology, sociology, psychology, law, public policy and demography. It pairs well with almost every profession.
Students study the physical, cognitive and social changes that are the hallmarks of aging. They learn knowledge and skills through service learning, volunteering, community research and visits to senior services locations. Internships teach leadership, service-delivery and community-participation skills.
By 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 or older and nearly 73 million senior women and men will require advice, training, services and support from professionals who have gerontology skills and knowledge.