Sociology is the scientific study of society. Specifically, sociology analyzes the external environment of the individual for cues to his or her behaviors and actions (group influences). Throughout the class you will be developing your sociological imagination and using this new perspective to see how your personal lives are influenced by the larger social structure. We will also explore how social forces, such as culture, history, and the environment, as well as social factors, such as race/ethnicity, culture, gender, social class, age, education, and religion may all influence how we think, behave, and interact.
Sociology can be applied to all aspects of our lives!

Welcome to Gerontology!

Gerontology is the systematic study of aging and the aging process. We will specifically be studying social gerontology, which is the multidisciplinary study of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. This approach explores aging from the perspective of the individual and social system.
The number of older adults is growing rapidly and will continue for decades. With these changes there are many job opportunities and a need to better understand aging. Here are some reasons to study aging/gerontology, according to the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE):

1.The field is stimulating and challenging, reflecting people's different experiences, needs, resources, and abilities.
2. There is satisfaction in addressing the challenges of those who are growing older.
3. Jobs can involve working with healthy elders as well as those who need more assistance.
4. Opportunities abound for innovative ideas and creative programs and products.
5. The field is multidisciplinary, with opportunities to work with professionals from other disciplines as well as family caregivers.
6. People who work in the field of aging can positively influence agencies and organizations serving older persons.
7. Studying gerontology also provides a perspective and insight into one's own aging process and that of family members (AGHE, 2014).