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Gerontology, the study of aging, is an exciting and rapidly growing, interdisciplinary and inter-professional field. People are living longer and healthier lives and knowledge about aging and older adults is important to everyone. Gerontology is essential not only for careers in Health and Human services, but also for everything from business and leisure to finances, education and politics. Through innovative and experiential learning approaches, the SCSU Gerontology Program www.stcloudstate.edu/gerontology helps prepare students with the skills and expertise needed to participate in the field of aging as professionals, leaders, and collaborative partners. The program is committed to fostering integrity, civic responsibility and recognition of the value in and working with a diverse and global community. The Gerontology program offers 2 undergraduate minors (General and Nursing) a Graduate (post baccalaureate) Certificate and a Master’s of Science (M.S.)
School of Health and Human Services
Demonstrate an understanding of the aging processes, including: life course perspective; the interdisciplinary nature of human aging; demographic changes; & diversity in later life .
Relate biological theory and science to understand the processes of aging, including health, longevity and diversity in the physical experience of aging.
Relate psychological and sociological theories and science to understand adaptation, stability and change in aging, as well to understand heterogeneity, inequality and context of aging.
Develop comprehensive and meaningful concepts, definitions and measures for well-being of older adults and their families, grounded in Humanities and Arts.
Distinguish factors related to aging outcomes, both intrinsic and contextual, through critical thinking and empirical research.
Demonstrate awareness of professional opportunities in gerontology, skills to communicate with and advocate for older persons in personal and public settings, and an understanding of gerontological ethics, including: ethical questions of practice, research, advocacy, and policy; and proper professional conduct, complexities of working with a diverse population.