Undergraduate Programs

Interdisciplinary Gerontology Studies

Gerontology is the study of the biological, psychological and sociological aspects of aging. Gerontology is a multidisciplinary field of study that draws on the expertise of many disciplines including business, hospitality, nursing, communication, medicine, art/film, sociology, psychology, finance. It is an interdisciplinary field in which two or more disciplines are intertwined such as gerontological nursing, elder law, gero-psychology and gerontology education. See the video or read below for more information.

SXU Advantage

Why Gerontology?

There are more than 100 careers options when you major in gerontology studies! As you decide which other disciplines you would like to study alongside gerontology, you can tailor your coursework to meet your academic and career goals. With this major, you will be able to:

  • Meet the high demand of the increasing adults over the age of 65 in the U.S. and globally, which creates more opportunities for services and programs designed to meet their needs.
  • Work with older adults as clients, patients, partners, employers and employees, regardless of your chosen career.
  • Engage with unique older adults who will share their lifetime of experiences.
  • See success in how you engage with and meet the needs of an older adult.

Why SXU?

  • Through SXU's Interdisciplinary Gerontology Studies major and minor programs, you will address ALL aspects of aging that will position you for your choice of career.
  • As you take classes with students from various disciplines, you expose yourself to diverse perspectives that expand your way of thinking.
  • Our gerontology programs draw on the expertise of faculty across all departments who share their discipline's perspective on aging.
  • You will encounter older adults throughout your time in the program, including the final capstone project that you customized to meet your discipline/career choice.


The Interdisciplinary Gerontology Studies program offers a minor that examines the diversity and complexity of the older adult using a venue of varied disciplines and perspectives, including biology, psychology, sociology, spirituality, communication and nursing. In light of the necessity for multidisciplinary approaches to meet the needs of older adults, courses will include students from various disciplines and prepare the students for careers that benefit from team work, mutual respect and comprehensive knowledge of the older adult regardless of setting whether in the United States or globally.

Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of the impact of culture, ethnicity, financial capacity, gender, spirituality, health and level of wellness on quality of life of older adults. They will cultivate critical awareness and ethical and political astuteness in a variety of settings that affect older adults. Students will participate as members of interdisciplinary teams encountering diverse cohorts of older adults.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Diane Heliker at heliker@sxu.edu.

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