Social Services (Gerontology Option)

Gerontology is the study of physical, psychological and social aspects of the aging process and the application of methods and techniques to enhance the lives of older persons. This program prepares students for employment in aging or aging-related professions. In addition, there is a commitment to provide students with a general educational experience consisting of skills and knowledge that focus on assisting others, understanding the different dimensions of the aging process, and preparing for the later life cycle.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of all Social Services: Gerontology Option degree program requirements, graduates will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Scientific process and methods used in studying aging process
  2. Key concepts and empirical principles of gerontology
  3. Biological and theoretical models used to understand the aging process
  4. Characteristics of the elderly-myths vs. reality
  5. Experience of growing old in an industrialized society
  6. Relevant issues and programs involving older persons
  7. Impact of economic, socio-cultural and political factors on gerontological policy
  8. Values and ethics that guide gerontologists in practice and policy
  9. Professional codes of ethics
  10. Death, dying and the grieving process
  11. End of life decisions
  12. Multicultural and global views of the aging process
FIRST SEMESTER (15 Credits)
CREDITS
† ENG* 101 Composition  3
SOC* 101 Principles of Sociology  3
† MAT* 137
† MAT* 167
Intermediate Algebra OR
Statistics with Technology
3
CSA* 105 Introduction to Software Applications  3
† PSY* 111 General Psychology I  3
SECOND SEMESTER (15-16 Credits)
CREDITS
† ENG* 102 Composition and Literature  3
‡ BIO* 115
‡ BIO* 100
Human Biology OR
Basic Biology
4
3
† SOC* 217 Introduction to Gerontology  3
HSE* 101
HSE* 243
Introduction to Human Services OR
Human Service Skills and Methods
 3
PSY* 105 Group Dynamics (SL)  3
THIRD SEMESTER (15 Credits)
CREDITS
SOC* 216 Health and Aging  3
SOC* 117
† PSY* 253
Minorities in the U.S. OR
Multicultural Issues in Psychology
 3
† ECN* 101 Principles of Macroeconomics OR
Free Elective‡
 3
___ ___ Fine Arts Elective  3
___ ___ Language Elective Level I  3
FOURTH SEMESTER (15 Credits)
CREDITS
† PSY* 210
† PSY* 208
Dying and Death OR
Psychology of Adult Developing and Aging
 3
† SOC* 210 Sociology of the Family  3
HSE* 287 Practicum in Mental Health  3
___ ___ Humanities Elective  3
___ ___ Language Elective Level II  3
TOTAL CREDITS
 60-61
The symbol (†) indicates a prerequisite needs to be met
Students wishing to transfer should consult a counselor regarding whether the
free elective chosen will transfer to a specific institution.

CONTACT

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Josiah Ricardo
Program Coordinator
Social Services
Room 1016
jricardo@capitalcc.edu
(860) 906-5233

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