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Liberal Arts and Behavioral/Social Sciences Division

Gerontology

Program Description

Social services for the elderly are provided by many different kinds of agencies with different purposes, client groups, funding sources, and philosophies. The curriculum which leads to the certificate in Human Services, Gerontology Option is designed to provide an understanding of the behavior and needs of older persons.

Program Requirements

Course No. Title Credits
HSE*H171 Death and Dying 3
HSE*H101 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSE*H170 Introduction to Gerontology 3
SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology 3
PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
SOC*H201 Contemporary Social Issues
or
SOC*H221 Social Inequality 3
HSE*H202 Introduction to Counseling & Interviewing 3
Elective Psychology elective 3
PSY*H258 Behavior Modification 3
HSE*H281 Human Services Field Work I 3
Total Credit Hours 30

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Be knowledgeable about the issues surrounding the universal prospect of death and about the mourning process.
  2. Have a beginning understanding of a wide range of diagnoses that relate to people in need of social work service and be knowledgeable about the necessity of a collaborative relationship with area support systems.
  3. Identify social and psychological aspects and processes of aging.
  4. Locate local, state, and federal programs and services available for the solution of the problems of the elderly.
  5. Explain what effects the social conditions in the United States have on the aging.
  6. Understand sociocultural dynamics that underlay social issues in America today.
  7. Provide elders the support and information necessary to build self-esteem and empowerment skills.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to utilize the skills and tasks required for engagement, assessment, case planning, intervention and termination.

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