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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015

GERONTOLOGY

Program Director and Academic Advisor:   
Roma Stovall Hanks (251) 460-6347 or (251) 460-6020   

Email: rhanks@southalabama.edu   
Department of Gerontology web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/gerontology   

The University of South Alabama offers Certificates in Gerontology at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels and an Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology.

Gerontology is the interdisciplinary study of:   

1.     the human life cycle,   
2.     issues related to aging, and   
3.     the relationships between the generations.   

The Gerontology program is designed to establish an expertise that will enhance and compliment the analytical skills that the student acquires as part of the major area of study. This expertise may be used as preparation to specialize within the career area related to the student's major area of study or to pursue further academic training in graduate or medical school. Special topics courses and online instruction are available.   
Depending on their specific needs and interests, students may be able to complete requirements for the Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology through distance learning options. Students who are interested in pursuing the undergraduate certificate online should speak with their academic advisor and the Gerontology program director.   
The Degree Works audit tool lists the Gerontology Certificates as programs. Students should alert their advisors to check that they are enrolled in a Gerontology Certifivate program (Graduate or Undergraduate). In order to receive the Gerontology Certificate, the student must submit a completed Data Sheet and Application available at www.southalabama.edu/gerontology. The certificate is not automatically issued without an application.    
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IN GERONTOLOGY   
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE GERONTOLOGY CERTIFICATE   
Students who wish to earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology must complete 21 semester hours, including an internship that will expose the student directly to older people and their families. The internship must be approved by the program director during the semester prior to placement. Prior to the start of the internship, students must provide documentation that the supervising agency assumes liability for interns, or they must carry their own liability insurance during the internships.   
Approved courses are offered in various departments as well as in Gerontology. Students are encouraged to pursue the Gerontology Certificate in conjunction with degree programs.   
CORE COURSES (UNDERGRADUATE)   
(Required)   
SY 372, BLY 207 (SY 435 or equivalent may be substituted with permission of Program Director)    
Select One   
AIS 201, AIS 401, PSY 456, PSY 250 (These courses may also be used as electives, if not selected to fulfill a requirement).    
INTERNSHIP (Required)   
Internship in Gerontology (GRN 496) or equivalent (for example, Sociology majors may substitute SY 496 with Director's approval). Internships in other disciplines may be substituted for GRN 496 if the director and the student's academic advisor approve. The placement must provide significant contact with older people, their families or appropriate service agencies. Proof of insurance is required. Three semester hours required; up to six semester hours may by accepted. The 3 hour internship requires 100 contact hours; the 6 hour internship requires 200 contact hours.    
ELECTIVE COURSES   
(Select three)   
Note: Any required course option that is not chosen from the list above to fulfill a requirement may be used as an elective. Other elective choices include:   
GRN 290, GRN 490, GRN 494, AIS 425, IST 210, LS 397, LS 479, PSC 481, PSY 416, PSY 428, PSY 456, PSY 475, SY 435, SY 472, and SY 490. When the course topic is appropriate for gerontology. Special topics courses and directed studies may be taken as electives for example; SY 290, SY 490 and PSC 440. Please note: GRN 290 and GRN 490 are variable topics courses. Check the class schedule each term to determine which topic is being offered. Sample topics include: Gender and Aging; Leadership and Advocacy in Gerontology; Housing and Lifestyle Changes across the Life Course; and Aging and Public Policy. Additional courses may be used as electives, if approved by the Gerontology program director. Students should meet with the program director to discuss specific questions about elective courses.    
PROGRAM ENHANCEMENT   
Research opportunities, service learning, and scholarships may be available for students in Gerontology. Contact the Program Director for details.   
APPLICATION FOR THE CERTIFICATE    
Gerontology certificates are not sent automatically to students. The application is available at the Gerontology web site: www.southalabama.edu/gerontology/. An exit interview may be required. Contact the program director at least 6 weeks prior to completion of requirements for the certificate.    
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR IN GERONTOLOGY   

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology requires 21 semester hours. It is designed for those Arts and Sciences majors who are interested in obtaining jobs in agencies that provide services for older individuals and their families or in pursuing graduate degrees that involve research on aging and intergenerational relationships. Majors in other colleges may also pursue the Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology, but should discuss this option with an advisor from the major field. It is possible to obtain the Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology as part of the Minor, provided all requirements for the Certificate are met. The same course may not be used to fulfill requirements of both a major and a minor. Students who complete requirements for the Gerontology minor maybe eligible to receive the Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology as well. Students should consult their advisor and the Program Director to discuss this dual credential option.

CORE COURSES (UNDERGRADUATE)   
(Required)   
SY 372    
BLY 207 Or SY 435    
PSY 456 Or PSY 250    
Additional course in policy, methodology, or professional ethics.    
INTERNSHIP (Required)   
Internship in Gerontology (GRN 496 or equivalent). With permission of the program director and the student's academic advisor, an internship in the student's primary discipline may be substituted if the internship provides significant contact with older people, their families, or appropriate service agencies. Three semester hours required; up to six semester hours may be accepted. Approval of the internship placement must be obtained at least 6 weeks prior to registration. The 3 hour internship requires 100 contact hours; the 6 hour internship requires 200 contact hours. Proof of insurance is required. If you plan to substitute an internship from another discipline, you must obtain written approval from the Gerontology Program Director or Academic Advisor prior to registration.    
ELECTIVE COURSES   
(Select three)   
Any required course option that is not chosen from the list above to fulfill a requirement may be used as an elective, other elective choices include:   
GRN 290, GRN 490, SY 472, PSY 456, PSY 416, PSY 428, PSY 475, IST 210, LS 397, LS 479, GRN 494, PSC 440, SY 490, may be taken as electives when the course topic is appropriate for gerontology. Please note: GRN 290 and GRN 490 are variable topic courses. Check the class schedule each term to determine which topic is being offered. Sample topics include: Gender and Aging; Leadership and Advocacy in Gerontology; Housing and Lifestyle Changes across the Life Course; and Aging and Public Policy. Other electives may be taken from the student's degree discipline with approval by the student's advisor and the Gerontology Director. Content of the elective must include substantial focus on aging.    
GRADUATE PROGRAM IN GERONTOLOGY   
The aim of this certificate program is to transmit a core of cognitive knowledge and skills in Gerontology. Requirements for admission are the same as those of the Graduate School. Students seeking to obtain Graduate Certification in Gerontology should either hold a graduate degree, or concurrently be enrolled in a graduate program.   
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GRADUATE
CERTIFICATE IN GERONTOLOGY   
The Graduate Certificate Program at USA requires a minimum of seven courses (21 hours) with grades of "A" or "B", including Aging in American Society (SY 523) and an approved internship. It is strongly recommended that students take a course in public policy; a research methods course appropriate to the student's primary discipline and/or gerontology; and a course in professional ethics. All courses not specifically listed in this section must be approved by the Gerontology Program Director and the student's advisor prior to registration for the course.    
The Gerontology internship (GRN 596) is required or an equivalent internship experience within the student's discipline. The internship must allow the student to apply skills to work with older individuals and their families. Research shows that positive, supportive attitudes toward aging are best developed through personal involvement with older people. The skill of applying knowledge to the problems of the elderly is developed in experiential learning situations. Therefore, an internship is required unless the student demonstrates substantial previous experience with the client population. In that event, a directed study or an additional academic course in aging may be substituted for the internship. A maximum of six credit hours of internship and six credit hours of directed study may be applied toward the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. The internship must be approved by the program director during the semester prior to placement. Proof of insurance is required for the internship. If you plan to substitute an internship from another discipline, you must obtain written approval from the Program Director or prior to registration.   
All course waivers and substitutions must be approved by the program director. The student must work closely with the director and with the advisor in the major area of specialization to develop the best program possible to meet career goals. Directed studies, special topics courses, and online courses may be used to fulfill program requirements if approved by the director.    
Following are the courses approved for the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology:   
(Required)   
SY 523   
GRN 596 or equivalent   
(Elective Courses)   
CED 564, GRN 594, HSC 524, HSC 550, PSC 587,
PSY 516, PSY 528, PSY 556
, SY 572, GRN 597    
Graduate level Special Topics courses and Directed Studies may be taken as electives when the course topic is appropriate for gerontology. Distance learning options may be offered for some courses. Check with the program director for information about online courses and other distance learning opportunities.   
Other electives may be taken from the student's degree discipline with approval by the student's graduate advisor, the Gerontology program director, and the Graduate School (Examples: courses in Advanced Geropsychiatric Nursing and courses in the College of Allied Health Professions where the focus is on aging and age-related health conditions). Students should meet with the Gerontology program director to discuss specific questions about elective courses.    
Courses which are taken as part of a degree program may be considered for credit toward the certificate provided they are approved by the Director of the University Programs in Gerontology, the Director of Graduate Studies in the College offering the degree, and the Dean of the Graduate School. In order to receive the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, you must submit a completed application form. Certificates are not issued automatically. Forms are available on the program web site at: http://www.southalabama.edu/gerontology/.   
For further information about the program contact Dr. Roma Stovall Hanks, Director, USA Programs in Gerontology, 5991 USA Dr. N., HUMB 34, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002; phone: (251) 460-6020; FAX (251) 460-7925   
e-mail: rhanks@southalabama.edu.   
web site: www.southalabama.edu/gerontology/   
APPLICATION FOR THE CERTIFICATE    
Gerontology certificates are not sent automatically to students. The application is available at the Gerontology web site: www.southalabama.edu/gerontology/. An exit interview may be required. Contact the program director at least 6 weeks prior to completion of requirements for the certificate.    

DESCRIPTION OF ALL GERONTOLOGY (GRN) COURSES   

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