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College of Liberal Studies
Coordinator: Bob Jecklin (Health Education and Health Promotion)
205 Mitchell Hall
email: rjecklin@uwlax.edu


Advisers: Marshik (Psychology), Hansen (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Sloan (Art), Jewell (Health Professions), Gibson (Exercise and Sport Science), Pande (Business), Cravins (Geography), Jecklin, Skemp, Whitney (Health Education and Health Promotion), Norris (Sociology).

Program statement: The emphasis in gerontology is a multi-disciplinary program designed to assist students planning to enter career-related areas directly involving older persons. The study of gerontology will also help students prepare for their own aging as well as to develop a better understanding of and to seek enrichment for the lives of aging parents and our aging populations.

Steering Committee
The Gerontology Steering Committee recommends standards for recognition of undergraduate student work in gerontology including the Gerontology Emphasis. The Committee differentiates between coursework that is part of the gerontology core and coursework that is supportive of an Emphasis in Gerontology. The Steering Committee also approves fieldwork, experimental courses, and independent study as part of student work that meets the requirements of the Gerontology Emphasis. Contact the Coordinator for the form that is used to request that the Gerontology Steering Committee approve coursework that is not already described in the following sections about Gerontology Core or Supportive Courses.

Gerontology Emphasis

(All colleges) 15 credits with at least 6 credits from the core and the remaining credits from the Core, Supportive Courses, or other gerontology-related coursework approved by the Gerontology Steering Committee.

Gerontology Core (6 credits required from): HED 473; PSY 358; RTH 345; SOC 422

These courses focus on older adults and are approved by the Steering Committee for the Gerontology Emphasis. The Steering Committee will consider experimental courses, workshops, independent study, and for-credit field experience as part of the gerontology core when the course faculty affirm that the course focuses on the lives of older adults.

Supportive Courses (at least 9 credits from): ECO 471; ESS 443; GEO 300; HED 320, 485; PHL 339; POL 313; PSY 359; RTH 326, 480; SOC 320, 420.

Supportive courses do not exclusively focus on older adults, but these courses support an improved understanding of older adults. The Steering Committee will consider experimental courses, workshops, independent study, and for-credit field experience as supportive courses in a gerontology emphasis when the course faculty describes how the course indirectly supports learning about the lives of older adults.


+ next to a course number indicate a GENERAL EDUCATION course

GTL  300  Cr.3

Gerontology Foundations

This course presents the fundamentals of basic physiological and psychological aging processes and of the social contexts of aging from a multidisciplinary perspective. It provides opportunities to explore myths and stereotypes of aging, examine the impact of ageism on both young and old, and identify correlates and consequences of 'the graying of America'. Students will also formulate personal attitudes regarding aging and become familiar with empirical data on aging from multiple disciplines. Eight-week, on-line offering.   Offered Occasionally.