By the year 2041, it is projected that over 25% of Canada's population will be over the age of 65. As the world's populations age, so does the demand for professionals with knowledge in this field. Gerontology at Lakehead University is very multidisciplinary as seniors require assistance and advocacy on a range of topics from financial issues to sexuality. Gerontology incorporates elements from the following disciplines:

  • Anthropology
  • Kinesiology
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Public Health
  • Women's Studies
  • Social Work
  • Philosophy 

As a graduate, you will understand individual and societal influences on aging and their relevance to health and well-being throughout the adult life span. More specifically, you will demonstrate knowledge on the following topics:

  • The aging process from biological, social, psychological and physical perspectives
  • The role of social support and spirituality in well-being
  • Legal issues related to older persons
  • Death and dying issues and ethics
  • Abuse and neglect of older persons
  • Family as caregivers
  • Aging as a developmental process
  • Ethical dilemmas 

We offer the ability to combine your Gerontology degree with a degree in Women's Studies or Psychology. The departments of  Social Work and Sociology also offer Major Concentrations in Gerontology.

Lakehead Advantage

As an Honours student you will be required to complete an Honours thesis in your fourth year, focusing on a particular topic in a discipline of choice. You will have one-on-one access to your supervising faculty member and other resources to complete your research. Completing your Honours thesis provides you with practical experience in the industry, an opportunity to establish yourself in the field and, ultimately, a professional advantage post-graduation.

Program Specific Requirements

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As a first year Gerontology major, you will complete the following courses:

  • Gerontology 1110 – Introduction to Gerontology
  • Gerontology 1130 – Aging in Canada

These courses will examine the aging process through a developmental lifespan study and issues relevant to older people and the society at large. The balance of your courses will include electives from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Faculty of Science & Environmental Studies.

If you are interested in pursuing a double major, please visit our Academic Calendar for additional program listings.

We have many student-run societies and clubs that cater to virtually any interest. These organizations are integral to our sense of community on campus. They host events, fundraisers, workshops and competitions to bring people together and raise awareness for unique topics and issues. Visit our Student Clubs and Associations page for more information and a listing of Student Centres.

Expand your knowledge and academic experience overseas through Lakehead University’s Study Abroad Program. In third and fourth year, our students supplemented their studies in places as far as Korea, Singapore and Sweden while gaining transferable credits to be applied to their Interdisciplinary Studies Degree. Study abroad opportunities can last up to one academic year. For more information visit our Study Abroad page.

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