Skip to main content
Scenes from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Program in Gerontology

Academic Options

Gerontology courses at URI are offered at both undergraduate and graduate levels in several academic disciplines, including Human Development and Family Studies, Nursing, Pharmacy, Nutrition, Kinesiology and Physical Therapy, Adult Education, and Sociology. We also offer Continuing Education workshops for currently practicing health care and human service professionals.

It is important to take courses that fulfill degree requirements from the beginning. Students who wish to specialize in aging are advised to contact the Program in Gerontology early on in their university studies to ensure maximum flexibility and opportunities.

Please contact the Program Director, Dr. Phillip Clark, by phone at (401) 874-2689 or by e-mail at for more information and details about any of these offerings.

The following programs are available:

Undergraduate Minor. Students in any major can complete 18 credits in approved gerontology courses and qualify for the minor in gerontology.

Undergraduate Major. Students wanting more intensive coursework in aging can major in Human Development and Family Studies, creating a customized "track" in gerontology in consultation with their advisor.

Graduate Certificate in a Master's Program. Students enrolled in the Master's programs in Nursing, Human Development and Family Studies, and Adult Education can qualify for the Graduate Certificate, awarded by the Program in Gerontology. This requires 9 credits of coursework in Gerontology and 6 credits of research as part of the Master's program of study. In addition, the College of Nursing offers a Master of Science degree with a gerontological nursing area of emphasis, the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontology.

Graduate Certificate in Geriatrics and Gerontology. This program of study provides an important, academic step beyond continuing education for professionals who already possess a bachelor's or advanced degree and can lead to further graduate training in a health or human service discipline at URI. More Info

Continuing Education. Health care and human service professionals interested in continuing education may enroll in workshops and other programs offered by the Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center.




2014 Thewlis Lecture on Gerontology and Geriatrics - 3/19/2014

Couldn't make it to the lecture? Watch it on Livestream.




Quinn Hall, Room 100
55 Lower College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-874-2689
Fax: 401-874-9322