Aging Studies Areas of Study
– The graduate programs are highlighted with a dark background.
The mission of the Department of Aging Studies is to prepare students to address the concerns of an aging population, to encourage lifestyles and practices to result in optimal older age, and to promote the potential of people in their later years.
Aging Studies students learn about aging processes; programs, benefits, and services for older adults; interpersonal skills to address the needs of elders; and best practices in the field of aging. Graduates of the Aging Studies programs generally attain entry-level to mid-level positions working with older adults, pursue advancement in their current employment, or aim to redirect their current practice to serve elders and their families. Several programs within the Department of Aging Studies are available to meet varying interests and objectives.
The Department’s goals are to prepare individuals who:
- Understand the physical, social, psychological and spiritual aspects of aging
- Demonstrate writing and research skills
- Advocate for and with older adults from a variety of backgrounds and functional abilities
- Access appropriate community resources
- Create, monitor and administer different environments
- Evaluate aging public policy
- Integrate personal values with professional responsibilities
- Promote the ideals of gerontology by assisting older people