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Health and Human Services BA - Social Gerontology Concentration

(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Why study Health and Human Services BA - Social Gerontology Concentration at UB?

Social Gerontology is one of three concentrations in the Health and Human Services major. Each concentration examines the systems delivering human services to individuals and communities in need, social problems, and the professions and professionals providing services. The curriculum incorporates introductory social science, statistics and research methods, human biology, ethics and specialized courses developed for each concentration.

The Health and Human Services - Social Gerontology major is designed for students with an interest in the aging process and health care issues as they pertain to older adults. Students explore the physical, social and psychological impacts of aging by focusing on issues and conditions that impact the elderly.

All students complete two 3-credit internships where they experience various aspects of health and human services work with the elderly, learn about the resources available to help older adults improve the quality of their lives, and gain exposure to potential career paths and employment opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have the ability to:

  • Identify a range of health and human services professions and their characteristics; understand typical human services (HS) problems and client needs; understand the theoretical foundations of human services intervention.
  • Understand the foundational principles of two social science disciplines critical to HS intervention.
  • Critically evaluate social science methodologies and research; propose a research project that would answer a significant research question; utilize statistical methods to evaluate data in relation to knowledge claims.
  • Recognize the importance of human values and cultural diversity in the provision of health and human services.
  • Develop personal characteristics and professional skills – e.g., interview, presentation, writing – necessary for success in HS positions.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the dynamic process of aging from a social, physical, and psychological perspective.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of community organizations, agency structure and function; client populations and problems; health care needs and responses.

The Learning Environment

The Health and Human Services BA – Social Gerontology concentration is designed to offer choice and flexibility in building the program most suitable for individual interests and career goals. 

Courses in the major are taught in both large lecture and small seminar course formats. Prerequisite courses for the major typically enroll 40-450 students per class. Intermediate and advanced courses typically enroll 40 to 250 students per class.

About Our Facilities

The Health and Human Services BA – Social Gerontology concentration is administered by the Social Science Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC) located in 203 Clemens Hall on UB’s north campus. The program holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.

About Our Faculty

Students in Legal Studies take courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences allowing them to interact with faculty from various departments such as history, sociology, political science and English. Instruction or grading responsibilities for some of these courses may be assigned to teaching assistants.

In addition SSC has one full-time clinical assistant professor and approximately 30 adjunct instructors who are working professionals in their fields and bring valuable practical experience and knowledge about the latest developments and career opportunities in health and human services.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Program's department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Students in the Health and Human Services major with a concentration in Social Gerontology are prepared to work in private, nonprofit, and government agencies focused on meeting the physical, social, cognitive, services, and/or advocacy needs of older adults. Recent graduates can be found in a wide range of organizations and positions.

Many students also choose to pursue graduate study, often in social work, counseling, or healthcare administration.

Academic Advising

Admission to the major and advisement for students are coordinated through the program’s office in 203 Clemens Hall. There is at least one advisor assigned to each major area. We provide advisement for students on major and university requirements. Our advisors work closely with the general advising office, financial aid and student accounts to help students find answers to questions about all aspects of being an undergraduate at UB.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please call our office at (716) 645-2247 to make an appointment with an advisor.

Scholarships and Financial Support

With the help of its alumni donors, SSC has established a Study Abroad Award to encourage undergraduate students who are in one of the five SSC majors to pursue an opportunity to study abroad. The award is available for study abroad in fall, spring or summer semesters.

Students in our program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of other sources, including:

Associated Programs

Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:55:49