The interdisciplinary gerontology program at Nazareth College is an immersive, experience-based program designed to prepare students for graduate work in aging and careers working with older adults. Students 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- to two-semester internship at various aging services providers, hospitals, and senior living communities is recommended to supplement and reinforce learning through:

  • Contact with professionals in gerontology and geriatrics
  • Direct contact with genuine issues and problems in the field of aging
  • Witnessing ways that society responds to aging issues raised in the traditional classroom setting
  • Opportunities to evaluate your personal expectations and responses to working with, and for, older adults

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.