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Gerontology Program

Welcome to Gerontology

Gerontology is the study of the biological, psychological, and sociological phenomena associated with old age and aging.

This program offers:

  • Individual undergraduate and graduate elective courses (can be used as social work electives)
  • Graduate Gerontology Certificate was reactivated in the Spring 2008 and can be completed in conjunction with an MSW degree
  • Undergraduate minor in Gerontology
  • The newly revised and updated program is multidisciplinary and designed to complement studies in a variety of other disciplines.

What opportunities are available to students?

Because of our location in the capital city, Little Rock, students have immediate access to hands on learning through our affiliations with organizations such as Arkansas State Hospital, Central Arkansas Veteran’s Health Administration, UAMS and other area agencies.

Welcome to this “booming” area of study!

Summer / Fall 2016: Gerontology Courses

 Undergraduate and Graduate Electives for Social Work and other disciplines

Register in GERO unless in the social work (SOWK) program.


SOWK/GERO 4330/5330 Animal Assisted Therapy (Hybrid, First 5 weeks, TR 1:00-5:00)

SOWK/GERO 4336/5336 Death & Dying (Social Aspects) (10 weeks, ONLINE)


GERO 2300 Intro to Aging and Elderly (Thursdays 6:00-8:40 PM)

SOWK/GERO 4337/5337 Adult Development & Aging (ONLINE)

SOWK/GERO 7321 Aging & Social Policy (ONLINE)

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 9.46.28 AMIf you have questions, e-mail Dr. Otters (

Happy Birthday to the Baby Boomers Those born from 1946 – 1964.

  • The youngest of the Baby Boomers turns 52 and  the oldest Baby Boomers will be 70 in 2016!
  • Americans age 50+ make up 1/3 of the U.S. population.

Gerontology Gainful Employment Information

Gainful Employment Data Disclosure (2012-2013) MS-Word Document

The UALR Gerontology Facebook Page