The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with five options: Gerontology, History, Political Science, Social Studies Education (Teaching), and Sociology.
Gerontology is a program designed to provide students with a background in the liberal arts and a core of general and specialized courses in gerontology. Candidates for the degree receive fundamental knowledge of aging processes, specialized training in a job-related area of gerontological services and experiential learning. The gerontology program is designed to provide students with two training components:
- A general core of gerontology courses that incorporates strong rural and minority elements in all course work (36 semester hours); and
- Specialized training in one of two tracks: Practice or Administrative. This component requires six (6) semester hours concentrated in the junior and senior years.
- To provide a broad-based academic program for students interested in careers in the field of aging
- To recruit and train students for careers in gerontology, with an emphasis on minority students and those interested in working with the elderly in rural areas
- To train persons employed in service-oriented programs for the elderly
- To maintain a link between training and research which focuses on assisting rural and minority elderly
- To prepare students for the realities of the job market by providing experiential learning through practicums and the creation of job forums and career placement counseling
The Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences: Gerontology track requires a minimum of 120 hours.
- Majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required courses in Gerontology as specified in the degree plan.
- Majors in Gerontology must meet all of the institutional requirements of the university. Requirements listed below in areas other than Gerontology supplement, but do not supplant, institutional General Education requirements.