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Please work with the CAS director to select electives that meet your goals.

  • Understand key theoretical orientations in population health and aging
  • Apply standard and cutting-edge methodological and statistical techniques
  • Develop an interdisciplinary orientation that draws on medical sociology, social gerontology and demography
  • Articulate the ways that social processes, places and policies shape population health and aging
  • Obtain professional socialization in preparation for academic, governmental, private-sector and nonprofit positions

Three foundation courses (9 credits) are required:

  • SOC 667 - Population Processes, 3 credits
  • SOC 655 - Sociology of Health and Illness, 3 credits
  • SOC 664 - Aging and Society, 3 credits
    or (with permission)
    SWK 657 - Processes of Aging, 3 credits

Student  work with their advisor to choose their remaining 6 credits (two graduate level courses) in health or aging.

At least 3 credits must be from a sociology (SOC) course. Students may petition to use 3 credits from other health or aging courses. 

  • SOC 600 - Selected Topics, 1-6 credit(s)
  • SOC 643 - Aging in the Context of Family Life, 3 credits
  • SOC 800 - Selected Topics, 1-6 credit(s)
  • BIO 616 - Biology of Aging, 3 credits
  • LAW 777 - Elder Law, 3 credits
  • PAI 730 - Problems in Public Administration, 1-3 credit(s)
  • PPE 514 - Exercise and Aging, 3 credits

For complete CAS requirements, please visit the Course Catalog.


Jennifer Karas Montez

Jennifer Karas Montez

University Professor, Sociology Department

Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies

Director, Center for Aging and Policy Studies

314H Lyman Hall
315.443.9064 |

Sociology Department
302 Maxwell Hall