Certificate in Aging Studies
Prepare Yourself To Lead and Serve Our Aging Society
A nationally recognized Certificate of Aging Studies is available for undergraduate students. Selected courses are chosen from various disciplines to create a strongly integrated curriculum in aging studies. This certificate may be earned as a complement to any degree program at ACU, and includes a practicum experience working with a community or agency serving older adults.
The Certificate in Aging Studies is a 15-hour program comprised of the following courses:
Required Courses (9 hours)
- Sociology of Aging - GERO 350
- Adult Development and Aging - GERO 352
- Practicum in Gerontology - GERO 495
Electives (6 hours) - student choice with advisor approval
- Ministry with Older Adults - GERO 437
- Social Welfare Policy and Services - GERO 441
- Biology of Aging - GERO 448
- Aging and the Family - GERO 454
- Programs and Services for the Elderly - GERO 479
- Death Education - HED 410
"We are aging - not just as individuals or communities but as a world. In 2006, almost 500 million people worldwide were 65 and older. By 2030, that total is projected to increase to 1 billion - one in very eight of the earth's inhabitants."
Source: "Why Population Aging Matters: A Global Perspective." National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of State. Publication No. 07-6134, March 2007.