SOC 250 Growing Up and Older in America • 5 Cr.


What does it mean to be young, middle-aged, or elderly in American society? Examine coming-of-age and transitions in life from a sociological perspective. Themes may include rites of passage, age discrimination, work and retirement, sexuality and relationships, health, illness, and caregiving.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain how age determines access to systems of power and how this can change over the course of an individual's life.
  • Discuss how age intersects with other identity categories such as race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability.
  • Analyze various social problems related to aging or coming of age.