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Gerontology Minor and Certificate of Completion
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The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) recognizes the Gerontology Minor at Stockton University as a Program of Merit. This distinctive honor indicates that our program meets or exceeds the national practice and guidelines for gerontology education established by AGHE. The designation assures the public of the quality of the programs and our graduates and clarifies for employers the knowledge and skills imparted to students who graduate with a minor in gerontology.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts dramatic job growth for the next 30 years in fields relating to aging. Thus, coursework in Gerontology can be useful for students from a wide variety of majors.

Here are two sites that demonstrate the wide array of disciplines and careers that will grow as a result of the growth of the older adult education:

Careers in Aging - from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education

Connect the Ages - includes lots of information and some great short video interviews.

Stockton’s interdisciplinary academic program in Gerontology offers a variety of 4-credit courses on aging, with topics such as Aging & Health, Adult Development & Aging, Spirituality & Aging, and many others. Two credentials are available for students who complete a 20-credit sequence of required and elective courses. Matriculated students may earn a Gerontology Minor in conjunction with any major. Nonmatriculated students who come to Stockton just to complete the program to enhance their job performance and/or credentials in this growing field can earn a Certificate of Completion in Gerontology.

The gerontology program was established in 1978, and we have graduated over 700 students, the most prolific program in New Jersey.

Visit Stockton's Social and Behavioral Sciences Gerontology Minor

Visit Stockton Student Web Services for course schedules

How to Declare Your GERO Minor
1) Get a "Declaration of Major" form online or from the Center for Academic Advising (CC-242).
2) Get the form signed by a faculty member in the minor.
3) Bring the signed form to the Center for Academic Advising.

If you are a non-matriculated student and wish to obtain the GERO Certificate of Completion contact the Gerontology Coordinator by calling (609) 652-4512 and asking to be connected for further information.

Some examples of student research into aging:
Music Therapy and Cognitive Enhancement in Traumatic Brain Injury
Meditation and Improving Cognition
Games and Cognitive Health
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Positive Thinking and Cognitive Maintenance
Music Therapy and Cognitive Enhancement

G.E.R.O.S. Student Organization

(Gerontology Education & Experience Related Opportunities for Students)

The aim of G.E.R.O.S. provides many volunteer service opportunities as well as opportunities to network with others interested in the field of Gerontology. The club works closely with SCOSA on a variety of projects each year. Every year, GEROS club members work alongside SCOSA to promote and raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk in Atlantic City. New ideas for community service projects and volunteer opportunities are always welcome as we like to have new service opportunities. Email the faculty advisor Professor Christine Gayda-Chelder for more information.

Sigma Phi Omega –Gerontology Honor Society

Lambda Gamma is Stockton’s chapter of Sigma Phi Omega (SPO), the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology. SPO was established in 1980 to recognize the excellence of those who study gerontology/aging, as well as to serve as a link between gerontology educators, alumni, and local professionals and the outstanding service of professionals who work with or on behalf of older persons.

The goals of SPO are achieved primarily through the activities of local chapters, and secondarily through efforts of the national office and officers. Local chapters, such as Lambda Gamma serve as links within their respective communities to promote interaction between gerontology educators, students, alumni, and local professionals. The chapters provide opportunities for personal and professional interaction, sharing of concerns, discussion of issues, service activities, and so forth. SPO is managed by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). AGHE is an organization within the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

Membership is open to all students majoring or minoring in gerontology or related fields, as well as to faculty and professionals. Students must be in at least their second term of enrollment, with a minimum GPA of 3.3 for undergraduates and 3.5 for graduate students. Application forms can be found here (https://www.sigmaphiomega.org/become-a-member/).

For more information please contact Christine Ferri.