2019-2020 Catalog

Publication date June 2019

Gerontology Program (GTL)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities
Ellen Rozek, Ph.D. and Erica Srinivasan, Ph.D. (Psychology)
335 Graff Main Hall; 

Program Statement

The Gerontology Emphasis is a multi-disciplinary program designed to assist students planning to enter career-related areas directly involving older persons. The study of gerontology will also help students prepare for their own aging as well as to develop a better understanding of and to seek enrichment for the lives of aging parents and our aging populations.

Gerontology Emphasis applicable to college core

If a student declares gerontology as an emphasis, it will appear on the student's transcript and advisement report. As an emphasis, gerontology coursework counts toward a student's 120 credits and can overlay with required courses in the major and the minor. In order for gerontology to apply on a college core in place of a minor, the student must complete at least 18 credits outside of his/her major. For College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities students, 12 of the credits must be at the 300/400 level; for BS students from the College of Science and Health, 18 credits at 300/400 level credits; for BA students from the College of Science and Health, 15 credits at 300/400 level.

Gerontology Steering Committee

The Gerontology Steering Committee recommends standards for recognition of undergraduate student work in gerontology including the gerontology emphasis. The committee differentiates between coursework that is part of the gerontology core and coursework that is supportive of an emphasis in gerontology. The Steering Committee also approves fieldwork, experimental courses, and independent study as part of student work that meets the requirements of the gerontology emphasis. Contact the coordinators for the form that is used to request that the Gerontology Steering Committee approve coursework that is not already described in the following sections about gerontology core or supportive courses.

The following is the department's faculty and staff as of the publication date of this catalog. This list will not be updated again until the next catalog is published in June.

Program Coordinators

Coordinators: Ellen Rozek, PhD and Erica Srinivasan, PhD (Psychology)

E-mail: erozek@uwlax.edu or esrinivasan@uwlax.edu


Bob Jecklin, Health Education and Health Professions

John Kovari, Political Science and Public Administration

Charissa Niedzwiecki, Communication Studies

Dawn Norris, Sociology

Vivek Pande, Business

Nancy Richeson, Therapeutic Recreation

Ellen Rozek, Psychology

Erica Srinivasan, Psychology

Gerontology emphasis

(All colleges)

15 credits with at least six credits from the core and the remaining credits from the core, supportive courses, or other gerontology-related coursework approved by the Gerontology Steering Committee.

Gerontology core

Select six credits from the following:6
Health Aspects of Aging
Generations and Age in the Social World
Total Credits6

These courses focus on older adults and are approved by the Steering Committee for the gerontology emphasis. The Steering Committee will consider experimental courses, workshops, independent study, and for-credit field experience as part of the gerontology core when the course faculty affirm that the course focuses on the lives of older adults.

Supportive courses

Select at least nine credits from the following:9
Family Communication
Communication and Aging
Health Communication
Health Economics
Fitness Across the Lifespan
Population Geography
The U.S. Health Care System
Health Aspects of Aging (if not used in the core)
Confrontations of Death
Medical Ethics
Adulthood (if not used in the core)
Aging and the Elderly
Death, Grief, and Bereavement
Clinical Neuropsychology
Health Policy
Health Administration
Diagnostic Groups in Therapeutic Recreation
Recreational Therapy for Older Adults
Leisure Education
Generations and Age in the Social World (if not used in the core)
Sociology of Mental Illness
Sociological Aspects of Work and Life
Health Care and Illness
Total Credits9

Supportive courses do not exclusively focus on older adults, but these courses support an improved understanding of older adults. The Steering Committee will consider experimental courses, workshops, independent study, and for-credit field experience as supportive courses in a gerontology emphasis when the course faculty describes how the course indirectly supports learning about the lives of older adults.

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