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Social Gerontology

Social Gerontology

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Chestnut Hill College’s Accelerated Adult Degree Program is designed for the adult learner. The Social Gerontology program prepares students for positions in organizations that provide community-based services for older adults. In addition, the program equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to improve the quality of life for older adults residing in senior housing facilities. Students are encouraged to become involved in the development of programs and policies that address issues facing the aging population.


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Major core requirements

  • Survey of Math
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Aging and Adaptations for Wellness
  • Social Gerontology
  • Diversity Issues
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Public Policy
  • Introduction to the American Healthcare System
  • Elder Law Issues
  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Basic Anatomy
  • The Meaning of Death and Dying
  • Senior Seminar

Major elective requirements

Any three of the following courses are required as major electives:

  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Ethical Issues in Human Services
  • Human Service Methods
  • Internship
  • Theory and Practice of Counseling
  • Social Problems
  • Special Topics

Off-site locations

In addition to the main campus, classes are also offered at convenient off-site locations including: Father Judge High School in Northeast Philadelphia, Bonner Prendergast Catholic High School in Drexel Hill, Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, and the University Center at Montgomery County Community.  Learn more

Transferring credits

Students can transfer up to 75 credits from another accredited college or university. Prior Learning Assessment options can also help you earn credits for on-the-job experience and training programs.