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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 Operations, MANGT 420 Management Concepts, an approved 480 clock-hour internship (6 credit hours, GERON 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. 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.

    GERON 725. Topics in Gerontology. (2-3) I, II, S. Review of recent research and theory related to specialized issues in gerontology or long-term care. May be taken more than one semester.

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

    College of Agriculture
    HORT 525Horticulture for Special Populations3

    College of Architecture, Planning, and Design
    ARCH 730Environment and Aging3
    University General Education courseARCH 740Building Related Health and Safety43

    Interior architecture
    IAR 730Facility Management3

    Landscape architecture/regional and community planning
    PLAN 315Introduction to Planning34
    PLAN 715Planning Principles34
    PLAN 761Community Development Workshop3

    College of Arts and Sciences
    BIOL 310Bioethics3
    BIOL 404The Biology of Aging3

    University General Education courseHIST 520Death and Dying in History3
    University General Education courseHIST 534Social History of American Medicine3

    KIN 335Physiology of Exercise4
    KIN 520Practicum in Exercise Science34
    KIN 796Topics in Physical Education33

    University General Education coursePHILO 100Introduction to Philosophical Problems33
    University General Education coursePHILO 365Medical Ethics3

    PSYCH 518Introduction to Health Psychology3
    PSYCH 520Life-Span Personality Development3

    Social work
    SOCWK 564Social Work Professional Seminar34

    SOCIO 535Population Dynamics3

    THTRE 253Multicultural Storytelling434
    THTRE 563Storytelling434
    THTRE 665Drama Therapy for Special Populations34
    THTRE 760Principles of Drama Therapy4

    College of Human Ecology
    Apparel, textiles, and interior design
    ID 651Designing Supportive Environments3
    ID 710Housing/Facility Management3
    ID 725Community Housing Needs34

    Family studies and human services
    FSHS 510Human Development and Aging3
    FSHS 654Death and the Family2-3
    FSHS 704Seminar in Family Studies and Human Services33
    FSHS 764Estate Planning for Families3
    FSHS 770Economics of Aging3

    GERON 315Introduction to Gerontology3
    GERON 600Seminar in Gerontology32
    GERON 605Practicum in Gerontology3
    GERON 610Seminar in Long-Term Care Administration32
    GERON 615Long-Term Care Administration Internship32
    GERON 620Problems in Gerontology3
    GERON 725Topics in Gerontology2-3

    Hotel, restaurant, institution, management and dietetics
    HRIMD 475Field Experience in Hospitality Management43

    Human nutrition
    University General Education courseHN 132Basic Nutrition3
    HN 352Personal Health3
    HN 400Human Nutrition3
    HN 520Women's Health and Aging3
    HN 610Life Span Nutrition3
    HN 650Practicum in Nutrition33
    HN 718Physical Health and Aging3

    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 dNatural Resources and Environmental Sciences
    dGerontology dLatin American Studies   
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