Coordinator: Assistant Professor Dr. Diane J. Martin, Director of the Center for the Study of Aging
Teaching/research interests: aging in place, ageism, intergenerational relationships, psychology of aging and optimal aging.
McDaniel College is an institutional member of the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education - the international leader in advancing education on aging and is the only institutional membership organization devoted primarily to gerontology and geriatrics education since 1974.
No major is offered in this field. A minor in Gerontology is available through the Center for the Study of Aging.
Gerontology is the scientific examination of aging from a bio-psycho-social perspective. It is designed to be an interdisciplinary field of study concerned with the physical, mental, and social aspects of life and aging. The Gerontology minor provides a knowledge base in human aging to supplement majors in disciplines where work responsibilities may include contact with older adults. This knowledge base can be applied across a wide range of occupations and professions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics has targeted the field of Gerontology as one of the highest growth areas for jobs in the future.
Courses in the minor allow students to explore adulthood and aging processes and development and change that occur biologically, psychologically, and socially. The minor will also provide exposure to ethical thinking, spirituality, policy and social support considerations, cross-cultural factors, and health care issues. Students will examine current theories and research, analyze program, policy, and research issues, and complete an internship in a gerontology setting. The internship experience will be designed to expose students to gerontology work within their fields of study.