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Get ready for work in public and private human service agencies


Learn about gerontology, introductory and applied counseling techniques; psychology of adult development and aging; elder abuse and neglect; sociology of aging and death; and nutrition and the elderly.

Human Development & Family Relations Major with Study Option in Adult Development & Aging


  • Prepare for a career specializing in the elderly and senior citizens at human service agencies
  • Participate in a 12-credit supervised internship at a human service agency
  • Learn from faculty who have strong commitments to quality instruction and advisement

What Will I Learn?


Courses include gerontology, introductory and applied counseling techniques; psychology of adult development and aging; elder abuse and neglect; sociology of aging and death; and nutrition and the elderly. One semester of full-time supervised field work in a human service agency is also included in the curriculum.

What is Unique About Our Program?


The study option in adult development and aging prepares you for a career related to senior citizens and the elderly in public and private human service agencies.

What Are My Career Opportunities?


Approximately 25 to 30 percent of human development and family relations majors pursue advanced degrees in counseling, social work, psychology, law, public administration or other related fields. Many others enter the job market immediately after graduation.

Graduates holding degrees in human development and family relations from SUNY Plattsburgh are currently working in such diverse fields as:

  • Family advocacy
  • Crisis center counseling
  • Nursing home activity direction
  • Planned Parenthood education

Pursuing a Graduate Degree

Approximately 25 to 30 percent of human development and family relations graduates pursue advanced degrees in counseling, social work, psychology, law, public administration or other related fields. Four recent graduates are currently working on master’s degrees at New York University in New York City, C.W. Post University on Long Island, Queens College in New York City, and SUNY Plattsburgh.

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