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GERONTOLOGY
 
Program Director and Graduate Academic Advisor:
Roma Stovall Hanks (251-460-6347 or 251-460-6020)
Assistant Director and Undergraduate Academic Advisor:
Denise McAdory (251-460-6347)
 
Department of Gerontology web site
 

The University of South Alabama offers Certificates in Gerontology at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels and an Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology.

Gerontology is the interdisciplinary study of:
1. the human life cycle,
2. issues related to aging, and
3. the relationships between the generations.
The Gerontology program is designed to establish an expertise that will enhance and compliment the analytical skills that the student acquires as part of the major area of study. This expertise may be used as preparation to specialize within the career area related to the student's major area of study or to pursue further academic training in graduate or medical school. Special topics courses and online instruction are available.
 
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IN GERONTOLOGY
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE GERONTOLOGY CERTIFICATE
Students who wish to earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology must complete 21 semester hours, including an internship that will expose the student directly to elderly people and their families. The internship must be approved by the program director during the semester prior to placement. Prior to the start of the internship, students must provide documentation that the supervising agency assumes liability for interns, or they must carry their own liability insurance during the internships.
Approved courses are offered in various departments as well as in Gerontology. Students are encouraged to pursue the Gerontology Certificate in conjunction with degree programs.
 
CORE COURSES (UNDERGRADUATE)
(Required)
BLY 207 SY 372
Select One
AIS 201 AIS 401 PSY 356 PSY 250
 
INTERNSHIP (Required)
Internship in Gerontology (GRN 496) or equivalent (for example, Sociology majors may substitute SY 496 with Director's approval). Three semester hours required; up to six semester hours may by accepted.
 
ELECTIVE COURSES
(Select three)
Any required course option that is not chosen from the list above to fulfill a requirement may be used as an elective. Other elective choices include:
 

EDF 490 HSC 457 SY 472 LS 479 SY 490 GRN 290 LS 490 GRN 490 GRN 494 PSC 481 HSC 450 SY 435 EH 492 and PSC 440 may be taken as electives when the course topic is appropriate for gerontology.

 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR IN GERONTOLOGY

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology requires 24 semester hours. It is designed for those Arts and Sciences majors who are interested in obtaining jobs in agencies that provide services for older individuals and their families or in pursuing graduate degrees that involve research on aging and intergenerational relationships. Majors in other colleges may also pursue the Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology, but should discuss this option with an advisor from the major field. It is possible to obtain the Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology as part of the Minor, provided all requirements for the Certificate are met. The same course may not be used to fulfill requirements of both a major and a minor.

 
CORE COURSES (UNDERGRADUATE)
(Required)
SY 372
BLY 207 Or SY 435
PSY 356 Or PSY 250
PSC 481 Or HSC 450
 
INTERNSHIP (Required)
Internship in Gerontology (GRN 496 or equivalent). With permission of the program director and the student's academic advisor, an internship in the student's primary discipline may be substituted if the internship provides significant contact with older people, their families, or appropriate service agencies. Three semester hours required; up to six semester hours may be accepted.
 
ELECTIVE COURSES
(Select three)
Any required course option that is not chosen from the list above to fulfill a requirement may be used as an elective, other elective choices include:
 
GRN 490 GRN 290 SY 472 GRN 494 PSC 440, SY 490, and EH 492 may be taken as electives when the course topic is appropriate for gerontology.
 
GRADUATE PROGRAM IN GERONTOLOGY
The aim of this certificate program is to transmit a core of cognitive knowledge and skills in Gerontology. Requirements for admission are the same as those of the Graduate School. Students seeking to obtain Graduate Certification in Gerontology should either hold a graduate degree, or concurrently be enrolled in a graduate program.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GRADUATE
CERTIFICATE IN GERONTOLOGY
The Graduate Certificate Program at USA requires a minimum of seven courses (21 hours) with grades of "A" or "B", including Aging in American Society (SY 523) and an approved internship. Public Policy in Aging (PSC 581) and Ethical Considerations in the Care of the Aging (HSC 550) are strongly recommended.
The Gerontology internship (GRN 596) is required or an equivalent internship experience within the student's discipline. The internship must allow the student to apply skills to work with older individuals and their families. Research shows that positive, supportive attitudes toward aging are best developed through personal involvement with older people. The skill of applying knowledge to the problems of the elderly is developed in experiential learning situations. Therefore, an internship is required unless the student demonstrates substantial previous experience with the client population. In that event, a directed study or an additional academic course in aging may be substituted for the internship. A maximum of six credit hours of internship and six credit hours of directed study may be applied toward the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. The internship must be approved by the program director during the semester prior to placement.
All courses and substitutions must be approved by the director. The student must work closely with the director and with the advisor in the major area of specialization to develop the best program possible to meet career goals. Directed studies and special topics courses may be used to fulfill program requirements if approved by the director.
A maximum of two 400-level undergraduate courses may be included in the Graduate Certificate Program. Following are the courses approved for the Graduate Certificate:
 
(Required)
SY 523
GRN 596 or equivalent
 
(Elective Courses)
AIS 401 EDL 573 GRN 490 CED 564 GRN 494 EDL 510 HSC 524 SY 435 HSC 550 PSC 581 SY 572 HSC 457
 
Graduate level Special Topics courses and Directed Studies may be taken as electives when the course topic is appropriate for gerontology.
Up to six semester hours of 400-level courses may be applied to the Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology, provided they were not previously applied to the student's Undergraduate Certificate Program or the Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology.
Courses which are taken as part of a degree program may be considered for credit toward the certificate provided they are approved by the Director of the University Programs in Gerontology, the Director of Graduate Studies in the College offering the degree, and the Dean of the Graduate School. For further information about the program contact Dr. Roma Stovall Hanks, Director, USA Programs in Gerontology, HUMB 34, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002; phone: (251)460-6020; fax (251)460-7925;
e-mail: rhanks@usouthal.edu.
web site: www.southalabama.edu/gerontology/
 
 
DESCRIPTION OF ALL GERONTOLOGY (GRN) COURSES
 
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