In recognition of the special needs of the older adults in Central Florida, the University offers a 15 - credit hour interdisciplinary program leading to a Certificate in Aging Studies. The certificate is open to all students in any major. This certificate prepares students for careers in applied gerontology, research, public service or for graduate training. Courses focus on the physiological, psychological, sociological, environmental, cultural, legal-ethical and public policy issues affecting older adults. Students majoring in health professions, biomedical sciences, criminal justice and legal studies, hospitality management, psychology, social work, nursing, sociology, business, exercise science, physical education, communication sciences and disorders or education find study of the aging process especially helpful.
Certificates will be awarded only at the time of degree completion.
- A required 120 - hour internship, along with course options that include service-learning activities, complements the courses.
- Students select one of the internship courses listed below depending on their major. BSW majors must take the 9 credit hour field education course.