Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) - George Mason University

Adult Development and Aging - BA Concentration

Gerontology is a complex process that affects not only an adult’s physiology and mental abilities, but also their relationships, career and emotional health.

By choosing a bachelor's degree with a concentration major in adult development and aging you will gain an in-depth understanding on the unique physical, social, psychological and cognitive needs of adults.

Students complete a 6-credit internship and integrate research training with service fieldwork. Such an experience is a critical component of the HDFS Adult Development and Aging concentration and further prepares our students for graduate education and diverse careers in the human development and family science field.

Human Development and Family Science, BA - Adult Development and Aging Concentration

Mason Core (40 credits)

  • Written Communication (6)
  • Oral Communication (3)
  • Information Technology and Ethics (3)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3)
  • Literature (3)
  • Arts (3)
  • Western Civilization/World History (3)
  • Social and Behavioral Science (3)
  • Global Understanding (3)
  • Natural Science (7)
  • Synthesis (3)

Additional Requirements for the BA (9-21 credits)

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • Philosophy or religious studies (3 credits) fulfilled by any course with a PHIL or RELI prefix,
  • Social and behavioral science (3 credits) in addition to the Mason Core requirement, an additional social and behavioral course is required,
  • Non-Western culture (3 credits)
  • Proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level (coursework or testing to determine proficiency) (0-12 credits)

Major Requirements (33 credits)

Adult Development and Aging (ADA) Concentration Requirements (15 credits)

Choose 15 credits from the list below or in consultation with your advisor*:

  • *Other courses of interest may be approved by the program coordinator

Electives (14-23 credits)

Select 14-23 credits of electives

Adult Development and Aging (ADA) Concentration Requirements Advising Sheet

Total: Minimum 120 credits