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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health and Human Services BA - Social Gerontology Concentration

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“I wanted to help people,” said one of our students, explaining why they chose this major. UB’s health and human services program is designed for people who care about others in need and want to make a real difference for individuals and communities. At UB, you’ll get the science-based knowledge and broad interdisciplinary experience to be an effective advocate for others-whether you want to help children, seniors, people with mental health issues or other groups.

Visit the Health and Human Services academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Social Studies Interdisciplinary department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the Health and Human Services BA - Social Gerontology concentration will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements

Health and Human Services Core (6 credits)

Eight Social Gerontology Concentration Courses (24 credits)

Part C - Take One of the Following:


*Continuation in the major will be contingent on completing PSY 101  and SSC 103  with a minimum grade of C in each.

**No more than two SOC courses may be taken.

Total Credits Required for Major: 46-48

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.000 in the major. All courses taken by a student that are included in a student’s chosen curriculum will be used in calculation of the major GPA. For example, if a curriculum requires a student to select two courses from a particular section and the student completes three courses from that section, all three courses would be used to calculate a student’s major GPA.

For students not continuously registered at UB or who are newly admitted transfer students, courses taken more than 10 years prior to the date of admission or readmission to the University may constitute no more than 20% of a major program in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs. Students who have more than 20% of course work over 10 years old will be required to complete additional courses in the major.

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs does not support joint majors.

Students pursuing a double major may use a maximum of two advanced courses towards both majors. For example a student completing a double major between an SSC major and sociology may take only two advanced level sociology courses for completion of the SSC major. The Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Program reserves the right to disallow any double major based on excessive course duplication between the two majors.

Transfer Credit Policy

At least 50 percent of coursework toward the major must be completed at UB.

Program Distinction

A student in this major is eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met. Criteria are found under Academic Honors in the Policy and Procedure section of this Catalog. Program Distinction is noted on the official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 15 or 16

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Second Year Fall

  • Human Biology Course Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 4

Total Credits: 16

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 14

Third Year Fall

  • Concentration Course Credits: 3
  • Concentration Course Credits: 3
  • Concentration Course Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Spring

  • Research Methods Course Credits: 3
  • Concentration Course Credits: 3
  • Concentration Course Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Fall

  • Concentration Course Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 1
  • Credits: 3

Total Credits: 13

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have the ability to:

  • Identify a range of health and human services professions and their characteristics; understand typical human services (HS) problems and client needs; understand the theoretical foundations of human services intervention.
  • Understand the foundational principles of two social science disciplines critical to HS intervention.
  • Critically evaluate social science methodologies and research; propose a research project that would answer a significant research question; utilize statistical methods to evaluate data in relation to knowledge claims.
  • Recognize the importance of human values and cultural diversity in the provision of health and human services.
  • Develop personal characteristics and professional skills - e.g., interview, presentation, writing - necessary for success in HS positions.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the dynamic process of aging from a social, physical, and psychological perspective.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of community organizations, agency structure and function; client populations and problems; health care needs and responses.


(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP45.0101 Social Sciences, General)


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