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    Lyn Norris-Baker, Director
    Galichia Center on Aging
    203 Fairchild Hall

    The rapid growth of an older population in the United States is creating an increasing demand for personnel who possess specialized training in gerontology in a variety of occupations and professions.

    The secondary major in gerontology is a 24-hour program of study. It includes two required courses, Introduction to Gerontology and Seminar in Gerontology, and 18 semester hours from the approved list of gerontology electives offered in participating departments. Elective courses must be taken in a minimum of three separate departments.

    Along with the secondary major, students can take an emphasis in long-term care administration. This emphasis requires completing the secondary major in gerontology, ACCTG 231 Accounting for Business Operations1, MANGT 420 Management Concepts, an approved 480 clock-hour internship (6 credit hours, GERON or DHE 615), GERON 610 Seminar in Long-Term Care Administration, and courses that cover each of 10 training code areas as defined by the Kansas Board of Adult Care Administration. The adult care codes are listed in the advising guide available at the Center on Aging. With planning, the emphasis can be completed within 24 credit hours and a 6-credit-hour internship. Courses listed below will carry credit in the gerontology studies program and new courses will be added to the program as the curriculum is updated.

    Interdisciplinary courses
    GERON 315. Introduction to Gerontology. (3) I. Multidisciplinary introduction to the field of aging. Examines social, psychological, developmental, organizational, and economic aspects of aging. Theoretical, methodological, and applied issues of aging related to contemporary American society. Pr.: None.

    GERON 600. Seminar in Gerontology. (3) II. An interdisciplinary course organized topically, with students presenting papers on aging-related issues that draw upon the students' previous and concurrent academic experience. Provides supervised independent study and subsequent discussion, allowing students to integrate and order their perceptions about gerontological issues. Pr.: Completion of 15 hours of course work in gerontology.

    GERON 605. Practicum in Gerontology. (3) I, II, S. Supervised field experience in an aging-related setting as a practical application of gerontological knowledge and skills. Pr.: Consent of instructor.

    GERON 610. Seminar in Long-Term Care Administration. (3) (Offered January intersession only) Administration principles involved in the planning, organizing, and directing of long-term care agencies. Includes an in-depth exposure to federal and state standards and regulations governing long-term care.

    GERON 615/DHE 615. Long-Term Care Administration Internship. (6) Includes: (a) field experience in the general administration of long-term care programs and/or facilities: planning, budgeting, program management, and service delivery; (b) exposure to federal and state standards and regulations governing long-term care; and (c) professional leadership development. Pr.: Junior standing, 15 hours of gerontology, MANGT 420, ACCTG 231, GERON 610, and GPA of 2.5 or above (3.0 or above in long-term course administration coursework).

    GERON 620. Problems in Gerontology. (1-3) Independent study of selected problems. Pr.: Background of courses required for problem undertaken and consent of instructor.

    Departmental course electives
    See the appropriate college sections of this catalog for further description.

    College of Agriculture
    HORT 525 Horticulture for Special Populations  3

    College of Architecture, Planning, and Design
    ARCH 730 Environment and Aging  3
    University General Education courseARCH 740 Building Related Health and Safety4  3

    Interior architecture
    IAR 730 Facility Management  34

    Landscape architecture/regional and community planning
    PLAN 315 Introduction to Planning  34
    PLAN 715 Planning Principles  34
    PLAN 761 Community Development Workshop  34

    College of Arts and Sciences
    BIOL 310 Bioethics  3
    BIOL 404 The Biology of Aging  3

    University General Education courseHIST 520 Death and Dying in History  3
    University General Education courseHIST 534 Social History of American Medicine  3

    KIN 335 Physiology of Exercise  4
    KIN 520 Practicium in Exercise Science  34
    KIN 796 Topics in Physical Education  33

    University General Education coursePHILO 100 Introduction to Philosophical Problems3  3
    University General Education coursePHILO 365 Medical Ethics  3

    PSYCH 518 Introduction to Health Psychology  3
    PSYCH 520 Life-Span Personality Development  3

    Social work
    SOCWK 564 Social Work Professional Seminar  34

    SOCIO 535 Population Dynamics  3

    THTRE 253 Multicultural Storytelling4  34
    THTRE 563 Storytelling4  34
    THTRE 665 Drama Therapy for Special Populations  34
    THTRE 760 Principles of Drama Therapy  4

    College of Business Administration
    University General Education courseACCTG 231 Accounting for Business Operations  31

    FINAN 450 Essentials of Finance  35

    MANGT 420 Management Concepts  31
    MANGT 520 Organizational Behavior  35
    MANGT 530 Industrial and Labor Relations 35
    MANGT 531 Personnel and Human Resources
    Management 35

    University General Education courseMKTG 400 Marketing  35

    College of Human Ecology
    Apparel, textiles, and interior design
    IDH 651 Designing Supportive Environments  3
    University General Education courseIDH 710 Housing/Facility Management  3
    IDH 725 Community Housing Needs  34

    Family studies and human services
    FSHS 300 Problems in FSHS  33
    FSHS 510 Human Development and Aging  3
    FSHS 525 Estate Planning for Families  3
    FSHS 654 Death and the Family  2-3
    FSHS 704 Seminar in Family Studies and Human
    Services  33
    FSHS 708 Topics in Family Studies and Human Services  2-33
    FSHS 770 Economics of Aging  3
    FSHS 845 Adult Development and Aging  3

    GERON 315 Introduction to Gerontology  3
    GERON 600 Seminar in Gerontology  32
    GERON 605 Practicum in Gerontology  3
    GERON 610 Seminar in Long-Term Care
    Administration  32
    GERON 615 Long-Term Care Administration
    Internship  32
    GERON 620 Problems in Gerontology  3

    Hotel, restaurant, institution, management and dietetics
    HRIMD 475 Field Experience in Hospitality Management  43

    Human nutrition
    University General Education courseFN 132 Basic Nutrition  3
    FN 352 Personal Health  3
    FN 400 Human Nutrition  3
    FN 520 Women's Health and Aging  3
    FN 610 Life Span Nutrition  3
    FN 650 Practicum in Nutrition  33
    FN 718 Physical Health and Aging  3

    1Required for long-term care administration emphasis, but no credit as gerontology elective in secondary major.
    2Required for long-term care administration emphasis.
    3Center on Aging approval required for gerontology credit.
    4Project approval from Center on Aging required.
    5Credit as long-term care administration elective only.
    University General Education courseUniversity general education credit.

    Topics within Secondary Majors:
    dAmerican Ethnic Studies dInternational Studies dWomen's Studies
    dGerontology dLatin American Studies   
    dIndustrial and Labor Relations dNatural Resources and Environmental Sciences   
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    Kansas State University
    June 5, 2003