GERO 2000 Introduction to Gerontology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary introductory course for undergraduates interested in learning about human aging. Drawing on diverse perspectives including sociology, psychology, political science, biology and health professions, this class identifies basic components of human aging in the United States. 3 Credit Hours.

GERO 3124 Diversity and Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines aging as a social process and focuses on the influence of ethnicity and race, as well as other key social relations in shaping the life course. We will define and examine diversity and disparity and consider many of the socio-cultural factors that give rise to differences across the life course and in later life. 3:00 Credit Hours, crosslisted with SOCI 3124; Target Group: All undergraduate students, Gerontology and Sociology undergraduate majors.

GERO 4110 Aging Policy and Services
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SOCI 4110.) Aging policy, services and programs emphasizing legislation, funding, planning, the aging network, and the long-term care system.

GERO 4116 Aging and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SOCI 4116.) An introduction to processes and problems of aging for individuals and society with a focus on social relationships, aging in families, caregiving, retirement, and age politics.

GERO 4119 Global Aging and Families
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SOCI 4119.) This is an upper division undergraduate course designed to introduce population aging at a global level in a global perspective. The course utilizes macro-sociological approaches to explain how demographic changes, global economic transformations, and social policies influence aging experiences, processes, and families in different regions of the world. It also combines micro-sociological approaches to examine how families are changing in roles and responsibilities as well as in forms and structures because of population aging in a global context, informing students how aging is not just a personal issue but is affected by gender, race, ethnicity, class, as well as national boundaries. Global Perspectives Course.

GERO 4122 Death, Dying and Loss
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SOCI 4122.) The process of death and dying, including the social roles of the dying person, the family, and those of the hospital and institutional staff; the social factors influencing death; social functions of bereavement; and problems in coping created by medical technology and longevity.

GERO 4130 Ties that Bind: Family, Intimacy and Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SOCI 4130.) This course examines older adults’ family lives and intimate relationships in social, historical and demographic context. Emphasis is placed on understanding in the type, nature, content and meaning of relationships, and on identifying influential factors, including, for example, gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and health status.

GERO 4200 Health and the Older Adult
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SNHP 4200.) This course provides an introduction to physiological aging and the health status of older people and is designed for non-health professionals who work with older adults. Normal aging processes, age-related changes, and associated health promotion activities will be discussed. Information on the assessment and implications of alterations in functional health states, drug use, and referral sources are included.

GERO 4475 Communication and Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as Spch 4475.) This course provides a broad overview of the ways in which communication affects, and is affected by, the aging process and introduces students to theory and research in the area of communication and aging.

GERO 4610 Psychology of Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PSYC 4610.) Psychological contributions to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of normal and abnormal changes of later life.

GERO 4700 Special Topics in Gerontology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides an in-depth study of a topic in gerontology that is not currently included in the curriculum. May be repeated if topic differs.

GERO 4800 Directed Study in Gerontology
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Description

This course supervised by a gerontology faculty member allows students to gain knowledge and skills in a particular area of gerontology through independent study.

GERO 4850 Senior Seminar in Gerontology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Grade of C or higher in all gerontology courses
Description

This is the culminating course for the Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies in Gerontology program. It will provide a highly interactive experience for students that will allow for the application of core gerontological concepts and develop students’ written and oral communication skills. Target Group: BIS in Gerontology or Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology Students.

GERO 4910 Gerontology Internship
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites grade of C or higher in all gerontology courses
Description

A structured and supervised work experience in the field of aging designed to teach students about current issues of policy and practice and enhance their career development. In consultation with faculty and staff advisors, students plan the internship in accordance with their experience, areas of interest, and individual goals. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

GERO 4995 Directed Readings B.I.S.-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0 - 4.0
Description

Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students. This course may satisfy the junior and/or senior-level Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements.