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GERONTOLOGY

College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Gerontology Program provides an applied interdisciplinary approach to studying the human aging process and the challenges encountered by older adults and their families as they interact in contemporary society. The curriculum is anchored in life course and humanistic theory, and concentrates on the needs of both healthy and chronically ill elders.

In order to better understand life’s complexities, the program guides students to critically examine and explore the issues, impacts, and interventions for elders and their families from an interdisciplinary framework. Throughout coursework, students are exposed to the bio-psycho-social-cultural and gender contexts that exist individually and in aggregate groups within society. Course content challenges all students to identify and analyze existing generalizations, theories, and concepts about aging in order to develop valid understandings based on current research in the discipline. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to actively advocate concerning elder issues.

The program offers a major and minor in Gerontology. Students are encouraged to blend other disciplines of study with Gerontology in order to facilitate varied career alternatives. They are helped in constructing an individual (elective) program of study within their major that reflects their own interests. Using elective courses to begin to build a minor in this area is highly encouraged. The program also assists students in constructing a special master's degree. Currently the gerontology graduate courses needed for this are housed in the College of Continuing Education (CCE).

Career opportunities for gerontologists are growing rapidly. Employers are realizing the benefits of employing people who have backgrounds in aging along with abilities to address the needs of their older consumers. Gerontology graduates enter careers in both the public and private sectors with healthy and chronically ill elders. The careers are as varied as the goals of the individual and the needs of the organization. Graduates often work in such positions as counselors, advocates, analysts in state agencies for older adults, social workers, nurses, and information and referral specialists. Others have created their own careers in such areas as dental hygiene, human services, food services, travel, and Web design.

Gerontology graduates also often go on to graduate and professional schools in fields such as sociology, psychology, counseling, nursing, criminal justice, family services, and social work.

Specializations

BS: Applied Service and Administration / General Focus

Special Features

The focus of the curriculum is upon the biological/psychological/social aspects of aging; social policies; services and research in aging; and practice, administration, and program skills related to aging.

  • An integrated interdisciplinary program of courses and field experiences leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a Major or Minor in Gerontology.
  • Multiple major courses include integrated Service Learning to connect theory, practice, and community service.
  • Individuals are prepared for careers in varied gerontological practice areas based upon demographic projections of need for personnel in planning, administering, coordinating, and delivering older adult services.
  • Gerontological practitioners’ awareness of the effects of social policy on aging individuals and families is heightened.
  • The program helps facilitate students' progression from community colleges to the University when acquiring a BS degree in Gerontology.
  • Individuals currently working in the community are afforded opportunities to learn advanced skills and acquire professional training in gerontology.
  • The strong relationships between the Gerontology Program and Sacramento area agencies and institutions planning or delivering services for older persons are key components to this program’s success.
  • The Gerontology Program helps enhance the interest and commitment of diverse faculty and the University while providing a vehicle for interdisciplinary study and research in the field of Gerontology.
  • The Program provides comprehensive academic preparation for graduate study in Gerontology or other related fields.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Requirements - Bachelor of Science Degree

Units required for Major: 48
Minimum total units required for BS: 120
Minimum grade required: “C” or better in all major and multidisciplinary core/elective courses.

Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

A. Required Major Core Courses (24 units)

(3)

GERO 101

Elder Care Continuum Services and Strategies

(3)

GERO 102/PPA 100

Social Policy for an Aging Society (GOVT 1 or GOVT 150 or equivalent)

(3)

GERO 103

Applied Care Management in Gerontology Practice

(3)

GERO 121

Models for Successful Aging

(3)

GERO 122

Managing Disorders in Elders (GERO 121)

(3)

GERO 130

Gerontology Practicum (24 Major units including GERO 101, GERO 102, GERO 103, GERO 121, GERO 122 and instructor permission)

(3)

GERO 131

Gerontology Capstone Practicum (36 Major units including GERO 101, GERO 102, GERO 103, GERO 121, GERO 122, GERO 130 and instructor permission)

(3) Research Elective (see advisor)
Select 3 units from the following:

(3)

ECON 140

Quantitative Economic Analysis (ECON 1A, ECON 1B and STAT 1 with a minimum "C" grade

(3)

ETHN 194

Research in Ethnic Studies (One upper division Ethnic Studies course)

(3)

NURS 170*

Basics of Nursing Research and Application (Acceptance into the RN to BSN program or Instructor permission; Corequisite: NURS 171 and NURS 173)

(3)

PSYC 122

Qualitative Research in Psychology (PSYC 101; Psychology and Gerontology majors only)

(3)

RPTA 110*

Research and Evaluation in Recreation, Parks and Tourism (RPTA 1 and RPTA 30)

(4)

SOC 102*

Research Design and Analysis (SOC 101)

(3)

SWRK 111*

Research Methods and Program Evaluation (SWRK 110; Corequisite: SWRK 140B or SWRK 140C)

*Gerontology students will be allowed to enroll without prerequisites but need senior status.

B. Interdisciplinary Core (15 units)

(3)

ETHN 133

Crosscultural Aging in America

(3)

FACS 141

Family Finance

(3)

PSYC 151

Psychological Aspects of Death and Dying

(3)

RPTA 117*

Recreation Therapy and Contemporary Aspects of Disability (RPTA 106; RPTA 106 may be taken concurrently)

(3)

SWRK 151

Health Services and Systems

*Gerontology students will be permitted to enroll without prerequisites

C. Electives (9 units)

(1-3)

GERO 199

Special Problems (Advanced approval of project goal and objectives by program director)

(3)

HLSC 116

Public Health Administration and Policy

(3)

HROB 101

The Management of Contemporary Organizations

(3)

KINS 136

Sport and Aging

(3)

ENGL 120S

Writing in the Social Sciences (GWAR Certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M/W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M/W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70/71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X)

(3)

FACS 113

Nutrition and Metabolism (BIO 10 or BIO 20; and CHEM 1A or CHEM 6A)

(3)

FACS 119

Nutrition and Aging (FACS 113 or the equivalent with instructor permission)

(3)

FACS 150

Family Stress and Coping: Multicultural Focus (FACS 50 or equivalent with instructor permission; GWAR certification before Fall 09; or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M/W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M/W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70/71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X)

(3)

FACS 159

Adulthood and Aging in Human Development (A human development course or instructor permission)

(3)

GERO 100

Aging Issues in Contemporary America

(3)

HLSC 150

Aging and Health

(3)

PSYC 150

Psychological Aspects of Aging (PSYC 2)

(3)

PSYC 152

Psychological Aspects of Health, Wellness, and Illness (PSYC 2 and PSYC 8)

(3)

SOC 146

Sociology of Aging

Notes:

Requirements - Minor

Units required for Minor: 21
Minimum grade required: “C” or better in all Gerontology Minor courses.

A. Required Lower Division Courses

There are no specific lower division course requirements. Students must complete at least 45 units of college or university work before becoming eligible to enroll in the program. Students are also encouraged to meet with the Program Director for advising prior to enrolling in any Gerontology classes.

B. Required Upper Division Courses (21 units)

(3)

ETHN 133

Crosscultural Aging in America or other multicultural aging course

(3)

FACS 159

Adulthood and Aging in Human Development (A human development course or instructor permission) OR

(3)

GERO 121

Models for Successful Aging OR

(3)

GERO 122

Managing Disorders in Elders (GERO 121)

(3)

GERO 100

Aging Issues in Contemporary America

(3)

GERO 101

Elder Care Continuum Services and Strategies

(3)

GERO 102/PPA 100

Social Policy for an Aging Society (GOVT 1 or GOVT 150 or equivalent)

(3)

GERO 103

Applied Care Management in Gerontology Practice

(3)

GERO 131

Gerontology Capstone Practicum (36 Major units including GERO 101, GERO 102, GERO 103, GERO 121, GERO 122, GERO 130 and instructor permission)

GRADUATE PROGRAM

Certificate - Gerontology

Units required for the certificate: 18*
Candidates must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in courses submitted for the certificate.

*Graduate students wishing to pursue independent study focusing on aspects of Gerontology are encouraged to also take GERO 299: Special Problems.

Information on Eligibility
Students must either be in a graduate degree program at Sacramento State or must apply for graduate admission to the University.

Required Courses (18 units)

(3)

GERO 101

Elder Care Continuum Services and Strategies

(3)

GERO 200

Adaptation to Age Related Changes, Illnesses and Caregiving

(3)

GERO 221

Models for Successful Aging

(3)

GERO 222

Managing Disorders in Elders (GERO 121)

(3)

GERO 295

Internship/Project (GERO 200, GERO 221, GERO 222)

(3) Choose one of the following:

 

GERO 102/PPA 100

Social Policy for an Aging Society (GOVT 1 or GOVT 150 or equivalent)

 

GERO 103

Applied Care Management in Gerontology Practice

Potential Career Possibilities

Counselor · Adult Protective Services · Assessment/Intake Case Worker · California Department of Aging · Case Manager · Consultant · Department of Health Services · Department of Social Services-Older Adult Educator · Guardian/Conservator Staff · Information and Referral Specialist · Legal Aid Assistant · Ombudsman/Advocate · Program Activities Director · Program Specialist · Senior Community Outreach · Geriatric Social Worker · Geriatric Clinical Nurse · Rehabilitation/Job Training Agencies · Senior Retirement/Adult Day Care Centers · Area Agencies on Aging

Faculty

Cheryl Osborne, Gerontology and Nursing; Kelly Cotter, Psychology; Jennifer Murphy, Sociology, Patricia Woodward, Kinesiology and Health Science; Ann Moylan, Family and Consumer Sciences; Sue Taylor, John Strother, Social Work

Contact Information

Cheryl Osborne, Director
Anne Montgomery, Administrative Support Assistant II
Benicia Hall 1020
(916) 278-7163, FAX: (916) 278-3855
www.csus.edu/gero



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