Social Sciences, B.A.

Long Term Care, B.A.



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Plan of Study

Discover the courses you'll take as a gerontology major in the Plan of Study.


Graduates of this program can find employment in:

  • Advocacy & Human Services

  • Community Agencies, including non-profit and for-profit agencies

  • Religious organizations

  • Health care & long-term care settings

  • Government agencies

  • Retirement communities

Websites for Career Exploration

Gerontological Society of America

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education


Job Listings

Unique Features: 
  • Housed in Latham Hall, renovated in 1990. Features multimedia classrooms and state-of-the-art computer, design and textile testing laboratories

  • Student-oriented faculty

  • Opportunities to apply learnings in internship work experiences

  • Opportunities for involvement in undergraduate research projects, field trips, international study and applied learning experiences

  • Opportunities for professional development through participation in departmental organizations:
    Phi Upsilon Omicron national honor society
    Northern Iowa Family Services Organization (NIFSO)
    Student Interior Designers of Northern Iowa (SIDNI)
    Textile and Apparel Association (TAPP)

Scholarships & Awards: 

Scholarships for current majors include the Nellie Dickey Award, the Marjorie Gibson Leighty Scholarship, the Martha Shedd Scholarship and Letitia Walsh Scholarship. An award in honor of Dr. Elisabeth Sutherland Howes, department head from 1940 to 1960, is presented to an outstanding graduating senior.

More information on department scholarships can found at Financial Aid.