Gerontology is a multi-disciplinary
program designed to provide students with a background in the liberal
arts and a core of general and specialized courses in gerontology.
Candidates for the degree receive fundamental knowledge of aging
processes, specialized training in a job-related area of gerontological
geriatric service and experiential learning. Disciplines participating
in the program include sociology, human sciences, social work, physical
education and recreation and nursing. The gerontology block is designed
to provide the students with three training components.
- A general core
of gerontology courses that incorporates strong rural and minority
elements in all course work (30 semester hours).
pre-service training in three pre-service areas: geriatric casework and
counseling; community health services; program administration and
management. This component requires eighteen (18) semester hours in one
of the three gerontology pre-service programs concentrated in the junior
and senior years.
- Student in-service training at an agency, for which students receive six (6) hours credit.
- To provide a broad-based, multi-disciplinary academic program for students interested in careers in the field of aging.
- To prepare
students for the realities of the job market by providing experiential
learning through practicum and the creation of the creation of job
forums and career placement counseling.
- To train persons employed in service-oriented programs for the elderly.
- To recruit and
train students for careers in gerontology, with an emphasis on minority
students and those interested in working with the elderly in rural
- To maintain a link between training and research that focuses on assisting rural and minority elderly.
The Bachelor of
Arts degree in gerontology requires a minimum of 124 semester hours,
including the general education and institutional requirements,
gerontology required courses and gerontology electives. The major in
gerontology requires 42 hours of core course work. In addition,
gerontology majors must complete 12 hours of pre-service courses and
three hours of field internship.