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Gerontology Program
Courses
Undergraduate Courses for Gerontology Certificate/Minor
Adult Interdisciplinary Studies Courses
AIS 201 Seasons of Life 3 cr
An interdisciplinary, media-assisted course in which students study human development from the biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial perspectives with special emphasis on the adult years. Through readings, audio tapes, written exercises, and discussions, students explore the theory and research findings of life span development which enable them to reflect on their own lives as well as the lives of others. Core Course.
 
AIS 301 Adult Learing Critical Reflections 3 cr
Introduces students to various philosophies of education with special emphasis on adult education and adult development theory. This course challenges students to connect education with personal development, the workplace, and the community.
 
AIS 401 Adults in Society 3 cr
An interdisciplinary study of the process of adult development focusing on cultural, gender, and individual differences.
 
Biology Courses
BLY 207 Biology of Aging 3 cr
A descriptive review of processes of aging. Emphasis is placed on studying structural and functional changes that could occur with increase in chronological age. Prerequisite: BLY 101, equivalent course, or permission of instructor (usually taught in the fall, spring, and summer semesters).
 
Gerontology Courses
GRN 290 Special Topics 3 cr
This designation is used for interdisciplinary courses on aging on a variety of subjects. (Example: Gender and Aging). This course does not replace any course in a single discipline.
 
GRN 490 Special Topics 3 cr
This course is designated for upper division students and graduate students, particularly those pursuing studies for the Certificate in Gerontology. The course content focuses on interdisciplinary treatments on various topics on aging. (Example: Trends and Issues in Gerontology). This course does not replace any course in a single discipline.
 
GRN 494 Directed Studies 1-3 cr
Under the guidance of a faculty member, the student will pursue directed research or readings of an approved topic in Gerontology. May be repeated as long as the topic changes, to maximum of six semester hours.
 
GRN 496 Internship: Gerontology 3 or 6 cr
This course is to provide a practicum experience in gerontology in a setting selected by the student. The course emphasis is on the experiential learning process and outcomes. The undergraduate student will apply theoretical concepts in specific areas of interest related to aging and intergenerational relations. Interns will meet as a group three times during the semester for orientation, professional development, and evaluation activities. Prerequisites: Completion of Core Courses in Gerontology Certificate Program (undergraduate) or Minor. Permission of Director of Gerontology. Proof of insurance is required.
 
GRN 596 Internship in Gerontology 3 or 6 cr
The course is to provide a practicum experience in gerontology in a setting selected by the student. The course emphasis is on the experiential learning process and outcomes. The graduate student will apply theoretical concepts to leadership roles, conducting research and influencing social and health care policies related to aging and intergenerational relationships. Interns will meet as a group three times during the semester for orientation, professional development, and evaluation activities. Prerequisites: Completion of at least two graduate courses in Gerontology. Proof of insurance is required.
 
Sociology Courses
SY 372 Social Gerontology (W) 3 cr
Sociological aspects of aging in contemporary American society. Within its parameters are the related problems of economics, health, and social contact.
 
SY 435 African-American Health and Aging 3 cr
This course is designed to give students an overview of important health and aging issues among African-Americans. This course will include scientific data related to health and disease among African-Americans and discussion of contemporary views on an array of health conditions affecting this population. The latter half of this course will focus on research dealing with health, economic, and social status of the African-American elderly.
 
SY 472 Sociology of Aging and the Family 3 cr
The class focuses on sociological theories of family and aging and the linkages of families and their aging members with organizations that deliver medical and social services, with government bureaucracies, the legal system, corporations and businesses and religious organizations.
 
SY 490 Special Topics 1-3 cr
A sociological examination of advanced topics. This course may be taken for a maximum of six hours credit when the subject matter varies. Prerequisite: Upper division status.
 
Psychology Courses
PSY 250 Life Span Development 3 cr
An overview of human development from conception to death. Special emphasis will be placed on cognitive and social development. Core Course.
 
PSY 356 Adult Development and Aging 3 cr
The developmental and psychosocial aspects of adulthood and late life. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.
 
Health Sciences Nursing Courses
HSC 324 Death and Dying (W) 2 cr
Provides the student an opportunity to analyze theories, concepts, socioethical issues, and research related to dying and death. Focus is on assisting students to explore their feelings regarding death as well as developing self-awareness of the feelings of patients and families. Emphasis is on the acceptance of the process of mourning and death and applicable nursing interventions. Elective.
 
HSC 450 Ethical Considerations in the Care of the Aging 3 cr
Interdisciplinary course on a critical investigation of ethical issues affecting the elderly and on application of principles, concepts, theories, and decision models as a framework for ethical decision-making. Elective.
 
HSC 457 Gerontological Concepts 3 cr
Focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to meeting the diverse needs of the aging population. Physiological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of aging are explored. Emphasis is on attitudes toward the elderly, health programs for older Americans, health policy, ethical/legal issues, and the needs of family caregivers. Elective.
 
HSC 524 Death and Dying 3 cr
Provides the student an opportunity to analyze theories, concepts, socioethical issues, and research related to dying and death. Focus is on assisting students to explore their feelings regarding death as well as developing self-awareness of the feelings of patients and families. Emphasis is on the acceptance of the process of mourning and death and applicable nursing interventions. Content includes the role of leaders as a facilitator of professional groups during bereavement experiences. Elective.
 
Leisure Services Courses
LS 390 Intergenerational Recreation and Wellness 3 cr
This course is an intergenerational experience combining theory and practice in aging and recreation. Students utilize the therapeutic recreation process (assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation) with older adults who have special needs, to promote health, wellness, and rehabilitation.
 
LS 479 Leisure and Aging 3 cr
This course will provide an overview of the changes affecting the psychomotor, cognitive and affective domains of the aged; implications of leisure and retirement; and institutional and community settings that provide leisure services for the older adult.
 
LS 490 Special Topics 3 cr
Selected topics in leisure services. Topics will vary according to needs and interests of students. Course may be repeated for credit when content varies.
 
Political Science Courses
PSC 481 Public Policy and Aging 3 cr
Examines government response to the growing number of older Americans. The course examines the policy process and focuses on such issues as retirement, pensions, health care, housing, social services, and intergenerational issues. Elder advocacy and the long term political consequences of demographic changes are also addressed.
 
Special Topics in Educational Gerontology (EDF 490)
Special Topics in Adult Education (EDF 490)
Special Topics in Nursing (NU 490)
 
 
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