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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

In addition to Core Liberal Arts, 51 credits are required in the major. The Major Requirements are:

  • UESO 101 – Introduction to Sociology
  • UEMA 103 – Survey of Math
  • UEPS 109 – Introduction to Psychology
  • UESO 106 – Aging and Adaptations for Wellness
  • UESO 114 - Social Gerontology
  • UESO 128 – Diversity Issues
  • UESO 250 – Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • UESO 256 – Public Policy
  • UESO 270 – Introduction to the American Healthcare System
  • UESO 312 – Elder Law Issues
  • UESO 350 – Research Methods
  • UEPS 280 – Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
  • UEHS 453 – Senior Seminar


Major elective requirements

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

  • UEHS 205 - Introduction to Human Services
  • UEHS/PL 322 - Ethical Issues in Human Services
    • (This course can also satisfy the Philosophy requirement)
  • UEHS 345 - Human Service Methods
  • UEHS 460 - Internship
  • UEPS 308 - Theory and Practice of Counseling
  • UESO 203 - Social Problems
  • UESO 400 - Special Topics
  • UERS 226 - The Meaning of Death and Dying
    • (Will also satisfy one Religious Studies requirement)


For your convenience, Chestnut Hill College offers accelerated degree courses in two locations:

  • Chestnut Hill College Main Campus
  • University Center at Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown

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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.

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For more information or to schedule a personal visit with an Admissions Representative:

Call - 215-248-7063 | Email - adultdegree@chc.edu | Schedule a virtual appointment