Curriculum

To assist in planning your course schedule, please refer to the course rotation schedule.

Prerequisite

GRN 1000 Introduction to Aging Studies
Introduction to the content associated with aging studies. Course elements include historical milestones in the development of aging as a subject of study, the aged as a special population, heterogeneity among older persons, the aging network, health systems, and health and allied health professions.

Required Courses: 12 credits

GRN 2000 Health and Aging
This course focuses on the biopsychosocial aspects of health and aging, employing a holistic perspective. Age related changes and health conditions that are common in older adults will be discussed. Developmental milestones, life transitions and their effects in later life will be explored.

GRN 3000 Aging in all Environments
Explore the various definitions of environment as well as its impact on the lives of older adults. Opportunities provided to develop basic skills necessary to evaluate the connections between an older adult, his or her goals and various settings. Interventions to bridge the barriers to participation will be introduced. Roles of professionals and paraprofessionals will be identified.

GRN 3500 Issues in Aging: Service Learning in Gerontology
Service-learning course; forum for discussion of revolving topics of aging relevant to current issues. Examine attitudes and aspects of aging among diverse populations, special problems of aging in individuals and groups with increased risk for age-related biopsychosocial problems. Impairment, activity and life-participation problems facing older individuals within their various contexts is discussed.

GRN 4000 Public Policy and Aging
Explore the broad range of policies relating to older adults in the United States and the various demographic, economic and health determinants that shape these policies. Policy and its link to well-being of older adults and their families is discussed. A special focus will be given to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act.

Elective courses: 6 credits

  • Biology – BIOS 2400 Human Physiology
  • Biology – BIOS 5310 Biology of Aging
  • Blindness and Low Vision Studies – BLS 3050 Introduction to Adults with Disabilities
  • Family and Consumer Sciences – FCS 4130 Later Life Family Relationships
  • Finance – FIN 3720 Estate Planning
  • Holistic Health – HOL 1000 Choices in Living
  • Holistic Health – HOL 4700 Relationship-Centered Skills
  • Holistic Health – HOL 5530 Holism: Illness, End of Life
  • Holistic Health – HOL 5550 Successful Aging, Holistic Perspectives
  • Human Performance and Health Education – HPHE 4720 Recreation for the Aging
  • Occupational Therapy – OT 4700 Functioning of the Older Adult
  • Philosophy – PHIL 3340 Biomedical Ethics
  • Psychology – PSY 4280 Psychology of Aging
  • Social Work – SWRK 4640 Problem Solving in Gerontology
  • Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse – ADA 5450 Alcohol, Drugs, and Aging
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology – SPPA 2000 Communication Disorders and Sciences
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology – SPPA 5520 Communication Problems of the Aged

Other courses if approved by the program director or program advisor.

Total: 18 credits