Family and Child Studies Major, Gerontology Concentration (B.A.)

The concentration requirements for this program emphasize the study of the family. Through this lens, students learn about family development, relationships, dynamics, functioning, health, and resource management. They examine the various cultural, community, and socioeconomic contexts in which families function and study interventions used to support families across the lifespan with a strong emphasis on gerontology. This interdisciplinary program is unique in that students take several service-learning courses and complete a part time internship enabling them to work with older adults in a variety of community settings. Students who complete this concentration are prepared to work in careers in aging at a time when our society is challenged to provide services for a diverse and growing population of older adults. Job opportunities for gerontology students are in community service agencies, senior living facilities, long term care facilities, community recreation programs and senior citizen centers. This degree also provides students with the educational background they need to pursue graduate study in a variety of areas.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Family and Child Studies Core
FCST 200Introduction to Family Studies3
FCST 304Research Methods for Studying Families and Children3
FCST 315Field Experiences in Family and Child Services3
FCST 348Individual and Family Development Over the Life Course3
FCST 418Working with Diverse Families and Children3
FCST 445Poverty and Families3
Family and Child Studies Major Electives
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Professional Orientation
Family in Society
Interpersonal Relations
Women in Contemporary Society
Introduction to Child Life
Child Development I
Infant Development
Techniques for the Study of Child Personality
Family Stress and Coping
Exploring Family Diversity
Dynamics of One-To-One Communication
The Family in the Economic System
Volunteer in the Community
Group Dynamics
Individual and Professional Development in Family and Child Studies
Comparative Studies of Global Families
Field Trip Experiences in Family and Child Studies
Independent Study
Teaching Daily Living Skills to Special Needs Populations
Organization and Management of Child Care Centers
Child Development II: Adolescence
Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children
Fieldwork Experience in Family and Child Studies: The Hospitalized Child
Gender Development Across the Life Course
Parenting Skills and Resources
Play Techniques in Working with Children
Peer Counseling
Theories and Techniques of Group Processes
Money Management
Action Approaches to Personal Awareness
Family Sociology
Challenge of Aging
Gender in a Changing World
Immigrant Families
Individual and Family Problem-Solving
Advanced Research Methods in Family and Child Studies
Workshop in Family and Child Studies
Sibling Relationships
Child in the Community
Special Studies in Family and Child Services
Evidence-Based Family Policy and Analysis
Family Counseling
Family Management
Gerentology Concentration
Required Courses
FCST 201Social Gerontology: The Study of Aging3
FCST 305Death and Bereavement in the Family3
FCST 325Adult Development and Aging3
FCST 340Aging and Social Policy3
FCST 360Families in Later Life3
FCST 400Senior Seminar3
FCST 409Internship8
Required Gerentology Collateral Courses
BIOL 110The Biology of Human Life4
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Select one of the following:3
Health Aspects of Aging
Fitness and the Aging Process
Sociology of Health and Illness
Elective Gerentology Collateral Courses
Select one of the following:2-3
Anthropology of Aging and the Aged
Introduction to Music Therapy
Wills, Trusts and Probate Law
Elder Law
Psychological Aspects of Aging
Health Psychology
Total Credits59-60