Gerontology Certificate

Everyone at every point in life needs either care or support. Caring for one another, to many, is what makes us human. Professional care for the elderly is a growing profession that demands qualified individuals with the know-how and passion to support the needs of the elderly.

The (12 credit) gerontology certificate from Parkside shows potential employers that you have the educational experience necessary to relate to the needs of our aging population and that you are motivated and prepared to work in this field.

A program that includes internships and in-field experience will introduce students to professional career opportunities.

Required Courses (6 credits)

Social Gerontology  |  SOCA 326 |  3 credits
Examines social relations, social organization and social systems through the study of process, structure, and function. (junior standing)

Introduction to Sociology  |  SOCA 101 |  3 credits
Examines social relations, social organization and social systems through the study of process, structure, and function.

Students must achieve a 2.5 GPA or better in this certificate to receive the certificate.

Select two elective courses from the selection below (6 credits)

Biology of Aging   |  BIOS 109  |  3 credits
Introduces the process of human aging. Explains fundamental principles of human physiology and how it relates to successful aging. Includes student team presentations.

Psychology of Aging  |  PSYC 241  |  3 credits 
Survey of research and theory on the human aging process including physical, cognitive, and social sciences.

Death and Dying |  SOCA 319  |  3 credits
Investigates patterns of behavior and beliefs about death, dying, and bereavement. Examines medical, legal, and ethical issues.

Students must achieve a 2.5 GPA or better in this certificate to receive the certificate.

A praticum is required for this certificate. (3 credits)

Internship in Sociology*  |  SOCA 492   |  3 credits 
Provides opportunity for community work experience with emphasis on job preparation skills, i.e., resume writing, networking, interviewing.

*Students who already have experience in the field of gerontology or working with the aging population may receive credit for an internship through written agreement with a faculty member of this program.

Students must achieve a 2.5 GPA or better in this certificate to receive the certificate.

PROGRAM CONTACT INFO

Laura Khoury | 262-595-2590 | khoury@uwp.edu

Faculty Highlights

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    Mita Banerjee
    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    Mita Banerjee is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology department. She teaches courses in Sociology of Education, Statistics, and Research Methods. Her current research interest lies in gaining insight into factors that motivate and deter first generation and under prepared students in choosing online courses and the areas of improvement necessary to enhance their online learning experience. Additionally, she is interested in investigating the role of unequal access to health care in exacerbating social inequalities in well-being.

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    Laura Khoury
    Professor of Sociology

    Laura Khoury is a Professor of Sociology, Department Chair, Director of Center of Ethnic Studies, and Director of Urban Studies Certificate. She is the Chief Editor for Sociological Imagination (refereed Journal). She received the prestigious William H Sewell Awardin outstanding scholarship (2017/2018), Women of Color in Education Awardin 2018, UW-Parkside Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Awardin 201, and Latino Studies Section Article Award (LASA) in 2009. Her research falls in both areas: minorities (surveillance) and development (subaltern studies and urban refugees). 

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