The interdisciplinary gerontology program at Nazareth College consists of 18 credit hours. Students may combine a minor in gerontology with coursework from any department, such as communication sciences and disorders, social work, psychology, nursing, physical therapy, and music therapy.

A one-semester internship at a local agency/institution is available and recommended to reinforce and supplement learning through:

  • Contact with professionals on the job
  • Direct contact with genuine problems and issues in the field of aging
  • Witnessing ways that society responds to aging issues raised in the classroom
  • Opportunities to evaluate your personal responses to working with or for older persons
  • A "learning lab" in which to test theoretical concepts and to define or refine clinical experiences

Course Offerings


Contact Information

David W. Steitz

David W. Steitz

Associate Professor in Psychology
Director in Gerontology
Golisano Academic Center 338H
gerontology program at Nazareth College, Rochester NY

Example Careers

  • Adult education
  • Home health care management
  • Senior center management
  • Aging and the built environment
  • Health and aging policy
  • Intergenerational programs
  • Legal analysis and advocacy
  • Marketing, design and product development
  • Multicultural issues
  • Technology and aging
  • Human resources
  • Volunteer program management
  • Long-term care administration

Career Outlook

  • Understanding issues related to aging is critical in many fields. In 2015, 7 of the 10 highest-rated jobs are in health care, including physical therapists and registered nurses, according to U.S. News & World Report, which calculated rankings based on salary, future growth, job prospects, employment rate, job security, stress level, and work-life balance.
  • The rising number of older adults is one significant factor driving the need for more health care workers.
  • By 2030, one in five Americans will be aged 65 or over, nearly double the rate in 2000, according to the US. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.