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The multidisciplinary certificate program in gerontology offers a concentration of studies designed for those who wish to understand and advance the quality of life of older persons. The concentration may be taken in addition to an appropriate major: nursing, social work, sociology, social and behavioral sciences/occupational therapy, business, psychology, biology, political science, Africana studies, education or religion. Students wishing admission into the concentration should contact the program contact, Dawn Apgar, and/or the gerontology adviser in their discipline.


Certificate Requirements 

In addition to the requirements of the school and the major upon which the concentration is built, the following four units - a minimum of 17 credits - are required. Courses are all 3 credits, except as noted. 

Gerontology: 8 credits
AFAM 3312 Advanced Seminar in Gerontology
NUTH 3002 Gerontological Nursing (2 credits)
SOWK 1911 Introduction to Gerontology 
Electives: 6 credits from the following courses 
PSYC 1214 Adult Development
SOCI 2511/AFAM 2328 Growing Older: The Sociology of Aging
SOWK 1912 Psychosocial Aspects of Aging 
An internship (practicum or clinical) in direct service or research is required of all students. Students in the professions need not do another internship but must complete their required clinical or practicum in aging. Students in majors not requiring an internship must complete an internship. Contact the director of the Gerontology Program to plan for satisfaction of the internship requirement. 3 credits minimum 
Additional electives (not required)
Students wishing to supplement the required courses should consider the following courses: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences 
ANTH 2224 Health and Medicine: An Anthropological Approach
PSYC 2212 Developmental Psychology
SOCI 2813 Self and Society
The Life Sciences
BIOL 1102-1103 Human Anatomy and Physiology I-II
Policy and Economics
POLS 2110 Contemporary Issues in U.S. Public Policy
SOWK 2201 Social Problems and Programs 
SOWK 2301 Social Policy Analysis

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