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

Course Descriptions

How to add the Certificate in Aging Studies to your degree (pdf)

"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.

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