The Gerontological Studies certificate is an interdisciplinary program designed primarily for students planning for a career in the field of aging. The emphasis is upon learning about aging as a basic human experience and as an important aspect of contemporary society.
The School of Health Sciences and the department of Psychology developed the certificate program and will offer courses listed below regularly to allow students to complete the certificate in a timely manner.
In order to earn a certificate, students must complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours which must include:
- Required Course:
- *Three Electives: Choose from the following approved courses:
- ANT 280 The Anthropology of Aging and Adulthood
- BIO 168 Biology of Aging
- BIO 468 Theories of Aging
- COM 362 Health Communication
- HSC 426 Functional Performance of Older Adults
- NUR 498 Health of Older Persons
- PED 472 Physiology of Aging
- PSY 223 Lifespan Development
- PSY 429 Psychology of Aging
- REL 250 Stages of Life
- REL 251 Perspectives on Death and Dying
- SOC 316 Sociology of Aging
- SWK 465 Aging and Social Work
- USA/UST 380/SWK 493 Urban Family Development
- Capstone Project: (3-6 credits)
Students must complete an internship, research or project offered by the School of Health Sciences or of the department of Psychology.
The Gerontological Studies Certificate is an interdisciplinary program and students from any major can pursue the certificate. Students interested in pursuing the Certificate in Gerontology Studies should seek advising from the School of Health Sciences and complete the required Intent to Complete the Gerontology Studies Certificate Form.
Contact the School of Health Sciences at 216-687-3567 for an appointment.