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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2006

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Gerontology Institute

John A. Krout, Professor and Director

Pamela S. Mayberry, Associate Director and Academic Program Coordinator

For full faculty listing, see "Faculty and Administration."

The Ithaca College Gerontology Institute promotes and supports research, curriculum and program development, continuing education, and community service activities in gerontology. A primary goal of the institute is to provide opportunities for students to learn about aging and careers in gerontology through courses, internships, volunteer activities, and involvement in research projects and professional organizations.

Ithaca College enjoys a partnership with Longview, a residential facility for older adults located very close to campus. This partnership, designed to be mutually beneficial for Ithaca College students and Longview residents, is coordinated and supported by the Gerontology Institute. Longview residents take courses and participate in cultural events at the College. Ithaca College students are involved at Longview through course projects, internships, volunteer opportunities, and special programs (such as an intergenerational choir) sponsored by student organizations.

The Gerontology Institute supports faculty research and especially encourages projects that involve students in the research process. Students from a variety of majors have gained valuable research experience through a variety of research projects. Ithaca College students have conducted interviews with older adults, worked with faculty on data analysis, and presented papers at professional meetings as part of their involvement in gerontology research projects.

The Gerontology Institute administers the gerontology majors and minor described below and collaborates with the Division of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions to oversee the nondegree certificate in gerontology (see "Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies"). The institute also offers support to faculty members who wish to incorporate information about aging in their courses, invites gerontology scholars to campus to meet with students and faculty, and provides an important link with state and national professional gerontology organizations.

Majors in Gerontology

The interdisciplinary gerontology major draws on Ithaca College's unique combination of liberal arts and professional programs to provide students with a liberal arts foundation, a broad-based understanding of individual and social aspects of aging, and professional skills relevant to their career goals. Students have the option of enrolling in either the B.A. or B.S. program in gerontology, depending on their educational and career interests and choice of minor or planned interdisciplinary combination. The majors prepare students for positions with an aging focus or for graduate education in gerontology or a related discipline.

Through a liberal arts foundation, interdisciplinary gerontology coursework, and experiential learning, the Ithaca College gerontology major prepares students to

  • Think critically and communicate effectively in written and oral form
  • Understand and apply theoretical perspectives related to the study of aging
  • Integrate information and perspectives from various disciplines to understand the biological, social, and psychological aspects of aging
  • Understand the diversity of the older population and appreciate the impact of rural/urban differences, culture, race, ethnicity, social class, and gender
  • Conduct basic research and present results, and read, analyze, and use research-based information
  • Understand the development of United States aging policy and its impact on programs and services for older adults
  • Be knowledgeable about aging issues in a global context
  • Analyze professional and ethical issues and apply to careers in the field of aging
  • Use skills specific to their chosen focus area in a work or educational setting
Advising

Facilitating student growth and learning is a priority for gerontology faculty and staff. All majors are assigned an adviser to assist with progress toward completing their major requirements, and to serve as a resource for exploring interests and career goals. It is strongly recommended that gerontology majors meet with their adviser at least twice each semester, once at the beginning of the semester, and again during the advising period prior to online registration.

Requirements for the Major in Gerontology -- B.A.
Group 1: Required Courses

780-10100

Introduction to Gerontology (3)

 

303-20500

Biology of Aging (3)

 

780-29010

Fieldwork in Gerontology (3)

 

780-31900

Aging Policies and Programs (3)

 

780-33000

Research Methods in Aging (3)

 

780-40100

Gerontology Internship (3)

 

780-48000

Gerontology Senior Seminar (3)

 

640-20500

Critical Health Issues (3)

 

330-36600

Psychology of Aging (3)

 

339-34000

Aging and Culture (3) or

 

331-22000

Sociology of Aging (3) or

 

780-22000

Sociology of Aging (3)

 
 

Total

30

Group 2: Gerontology Restricted Electives
Select 12 credits from the following:

780-32500

The Long-Term Care System (3)

 

780-33500

Research Experience in Gerontology (3)

 

780-39900

Selected Topics in Social Gerontology (1-3)

 

780-49900

Independent Study (1-4)

 

331-37000

Counseling the Older Adult (3)

 

554-41100

Creative Musical Experience with Older Adults (3)

 

620-35900

Communication Disorders in the Aging Population (3)

 

661-23800

Leisure and Aging (3)

 

662-24000

Health Promotion and the Older Adult (3)

 

662-32200

Nutrition for the Older Adult (3)

 
 

Total restricted electives

12

Group 3: General Education Distribution Requirements
3.1 Self and Society (select 6 credits from this section)

330-10400

Introduction to Developmental Psychology (3) or

 

330-20400

Principles of Developmental Psychology (3)

3

          including one of the following:

330-10300

General Psychology (3)

 

330-12100

General Experimental Psychology (4)

 

330 20300

Principles of Psychology (3)

 

330-31600

Social Psychology (3)

 

331-10100

Introduction to Sociology (3)

 

331-21800

Individual and Society (3)

 

331-31400

Sociology of Health and Medicine (3)

 

344-20700

Death and Immortality (3)

 

662-22900

Disease and Lifestyle (3)

 

662-31500

Family Health Problems (3)

3-4

3.2 Global Issues (select 3 credits from this section)

221-22000

Global Flow of Information (3)

 

310-12300

Political Justice (3)

 

310-12800

Introduction to International Relations (3)

 

310-12900

Introduction to Global Studies (Politics) (3) or

 

339-12900

Introduction to Global Studies (Anthropology) (3) or

 

640-12900

Introduction to Global Studies (Health Services Administration) (3)

 

311-27300

Twentieth-Century Global Revolutions (3)

 

331-30300

Global Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

 

339-10400

Cultural Anthropology (3)

 

555-13000

Music in Society (3)

3

3.3 Diversity (select 6 credits from this section)

222-30300

Images of Men and Women in Mass Media (3)

 

225-36000

Communication in Culturally Diverse Organizations (3)

 

307-21100

Jewish American Writers (3)

 

307-22000

Black Women Writers (3)

 

310-14100

Power: Race, Sex, and Class (3)

 

311-20900

Ethnic United States since the Civil War (3)

 

331-20700

Race and Ethnicity (3)

 

331-30300

Global Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

 

331-11600

Introduction to Multicultural Studies (3)

 

331-34300

Sociology of Gender (3)

 

344-10500

Introduction to World Religions: Primal and Eastern (3)

 

344-10600

Introduction to World Religions: Western and Modern (3)

 

555-25500

Women in Music (3)

 

555-25600

Women in Popular Music (3)

6

3.4 Ethics and Values (select 3 credits from this section)

314-10100

Introduction to Philosophy (3)

 

314-21200

Introduction to Ethics (3)

 

314-22000

Political Philosophy (3)

 

314-23000

Medical Ethics (3)

3

3.5 Speech Communication (select 6 credits from this section)

319-11000

Public Communication (3) or

 

319-11500

Business and Professional Communication (3)

 

319-14000

Small Group Communication (3) or

 

319-14900

Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication (3)

6

3.6 Statistics (select 3 credits from this section)

313-15500

Basic Statistical Reasoning (3)

 

313-24300

Statistics (3)

 

313-24400

Statistics with Probability (4)

 

330-20700

Statistics for Psychology (4)

3-4

3.7 Economics and Policy (select 6 credits from this section)

306-11500

Current Economic Issues (3)

 

306-12100

Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

 

306-12200

Principles of Microeconomics (3)

 

310-10100

U.S. Politics (3)

 

331-30700

Social Policy (3)

 

640-21500

Introduction to Health Policy and Policy Making (3)

6

3.8 Writing (select 6 credits from this section)

377-10600

Academic Writing I (3) or

 

377-11100

Academic Writing II (3)

 

377-xxx00

Three additional credits in writing at level 2 or above

6

3.9 Visual and Performing Arts (select 3 credits from this section)

305-13100

Introduction to Acting (3)

 

305-15000

Introduction to Dance (3)

 

305-16000

Introduction to Theater (3)

 

376-11000

Introduction to Art (3)

 

376-11400

Architecture across Culture (3)

 

376-13500

Visual Culture (3)

 

376-13700

Visual Persuasion (3)

 

376-20800

Mythology and Art (3)

 

553-16100

Survey of Jazz History (2)

 

555-10700/10800

Class Voice for the Non-Music Student (1)

 

555-12000

Language and Experience in Art and Music (3)

 

555-16000

Introduction to Listening: The Concert Experience (3)

 

555-17300

Keyboard Musicianship I for the Non-Music Major (1)

 

555-25100

Music and the Media (3)

 

555-25300

Involvement with Music (3)

 

555-25700

History of American Popular Song (3)

 

555-35100

American Musical Theater (3)

3

 

Total, general education distribution requirements

42

Minor or Planned Interdisciplinary Combination (PIC)

Approved minors for the B.A. in gerontology:

  • Health (19 credits)
  • Health communication (21 credits)
  • Nutrition promotion (21 credits)
  • Social work (18 credits)
  • Writing (21 credits)

Students who have interests or career plans not addressed by the minors listed above may propose a planned interdisciplinary combination (PIC) in lieu of a minor. The PIC must be developed with an adviser and must include courses (18-21 credits) that relate to future career or educational goals. Students who choose to design a PIC must submit an application approved by their adviser and the gerontology academic program coordinator no later than the second semester of the junior year.

 

Total minor or PIC

16-24

 

Free electives

12-20

 

Total, B.A. in gerontology

120

Requirements for the Major in Gerontology -- B.S.
Group 1: Required Courses

780-10100

Introduction to Gerontology (3)

 

303-20500

Biology of Aging (3)

 

780-29010

Fieldwork in Gerontology (3)

 

780-31900

Aging Policies and Programs (3)

 

780-33000

Research Methods in Aging (3)

 

780-40100

Gerontology Internship (3)

 

780-48000

Gerontology Senior Seminar (3)

 

640-20500

Critical Health Issues (3)

 

330-36600

Psychology of Aging (3)

 

339-34000

Aging and Culture (3) or

 

331-22000

Sociology of Aging (3) or

 

780-22000

Sociology of Aging (3)

 
 

Total

30

Group 2: Gerontology Restricted Electives
Select 12 credits from the following:

780-32100

Interdisciplinary Initiatives in Rural Geriatrics (3)

 

780-32500

The Long-Term Care System (3)

 

780-33500

Research Experience in Gerontology (3)

 

780-38900

Selected Topics in Applied Gerontology (1-3)

 

780-39900

Selected Topics in Social Gerontology (1-3)

 

780-49900

Independent Study (1-4)

 

780-41400

Long-Term Care Services Administration (3)

 

331-37000

Counseling the Older Adult (3)

 

554-41100

Creative Musical Experience with Older Adults (3)

 

620-24900

Hearing Loss in the Elderly (3)

 

620-35900

Communication Disorders in the Aging Population (3)

 

661-23800

Leisure and Aging (3)

 

662-24000

Health Promotion and the Older Adult (3)

 

662-32200

Nutrition for the Older Adult (3)

 

670-20200

Rehabilitation for Older Adults (1)

 

Group 3: General Education Distribution Requirements

See listing of general education distribution requirements in "Graduation and Program Regulations."

 

Total required

42

Minor or Planned Interdisciplinary Combination (PIC)

Approved minors for the B.S. in gerontology:

  • Health (19 credits)
  • Health services administration (21 credits)
  • Nutrition promotion (21 credits)
  • Management (24 credits)
  • Finance (18 credits)
  • Marketing (18 credits)
  • Organizational communication, learning, and design (18 credits)
  • Recreation (16 credits)
  • Outdoor recreation (16 credits)

Students who have interests or career plans not addressed by the minors listed above may propose a planned interdisciplinary combination (PIC) in lieu of a minor. The PIC must be developed with an adviser and must include courses (18-21 credits) that relate to future career or educational goals. Students who choose to design a PIC must submit an application approved by their adviser and the gerontology academic program coordinator no later than the second semester of the junior year.

 

Total minor or PIC

16-24

 

Free electives

12-20

 

Total, B.S. in gerontology

120

Gerontology Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in gerontology involves coursework from several schools of the College and is available to students in any major. The minor addresses biological and psychological aspects of individual aging, as well as the societal implications of the rapidly increasing older population. Fieldwork in an approved aging organization provides an important experiential learning opportunity for gerontology minors.

The requirements for the minor are designed to complement or supplement a student's major as follows:

Common core

780-10100

Introduction to Gerontology (3)

 

780-29010

Fieldwork in Gerontology (3)

 
 

Total, core credits

6

Disciplinary foundation

330-36600

Psychology of Aging (3)

 

Select one of these:

303-20500

Biology of Aging (3)

 

662-24000

Health Promotion and the Older Adult (3)

 

Select one of these:

339-34000

Aging and Culture (3)

 

331-22000

Sociology of Aging (3) or

 

780-22000

Sociology of Aging (3)

 
 

Total, disciplinary foundation

9

Gerontology Electives
Select 6 credits from the following:

331-37000

Counseling the Older Adult (3)

 

554-41100

Creative Music Experience with Older Adults (3)

 

620-24900

Hearing Loss in the Elderly (3)

 

620-35900

Communication Disorders in the Aging Population (3)

 

661-23800

Leisure and Aging (3)

 

662-32200

Nutrition for the Older Adult (3)

 

670-20200

Rehabilitation for Older Adults (1)

 

672-48000

Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics (2)

 

672-49000

Practicum in Geriatric Occupational Therapy (2)

 

780-31900

Aging Policies and Programs (3)

 

780-32100

Interdisciplinary Initiatives in Rural Geriatrics (3)

 

780-32500

The Long-Term Care System (3)

 

780-38900

Selected Topics in Applied Gerontology (3)

 

780-39900

Selected Topics in Social Gerontology (3)

 

780-41400

Long-Term Care Services Administration (3)

 
 

Total, electives

6

 

Total, gerontology minor

21

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