Becoming a Gerontologist at Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University has several options for people interested in a
profession in aging and for people who want to refresh their backgrounds
in the field of adult development and aging.
- The Certificate Program in Gerontology is a post-baccalaureate
specialty in the field of aging. The program consists of 28 academic
units and provides an excellent interdisciplinary background in aging,
including the study of physical, mental, and social changes in older
people as they age. Some students complete the Certificate as they work
toward their bachelorís degrees; others, whose college degrees
might be several years old, come back to college to obtain the Certificate.
- Some students choose a gerontology minor to accompany
one of the traditional discipline majors or professions (e.g., anthropology,
biology, political science, psychology, sociology, nursing, social work,
- A masters degree emphasis in Gerontology is available
through ITDS (Interdisciplinary Studies Programs). This option allows
the student to develop a graduate curriculum to fit her/his existing
professional training by incorporating graduate courses from a selection
of related disciplines. Contact the
ITDS Program www.sonoma.edu/ITDS/
- For some, continuing education through Extended Education
is their best option. Regular university classes are available for people
interested in one or two particular classes on a space-available basis
by enrolling through Extended Education.