Gerontology

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Minor Requirements

The Gerontology minor consists of 18 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses:

  • GRN 3010 Introduction to Gerontology (3 s.h.)
  • GRN 3450 Physiology of Aging (3 s.h.)

Select One:

  • GRN 4500 Research Seminar (3 s.h.)
  • GRN 4700 Internship (3 s.h.)

Gerontology Electives – Choose 9 s.h.:

  • SWK 3020 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3150 Helping Processes (3 s.h.)
  • GRN 3050 Death and Dying (3 s.h.)
  • GRN 3800 Social Work with Older Adults (3 s.h.)
  • GRN 3880 Medical Sociology (3 s.h.)

A student doing a senior level research project or internship in his or her major field may substitute that course for GRN 4500 or 4700 if it focuses on senior adults and meets the approval of the Director of the Gerontology Program.


Gerontology Courses

GRN 3010 INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (3 s.h.)

Aging, including historical perspectives; demographic trends; psychological and physiological processes of later life; and social role behavior in such areas as retirement, politics, religion, family life, housing, death, and dying.

Cross-listed: SOC 3010 and SWK 3010
Offered: as needed


GRN 3050 DEATH AND DYING (3 s.h.)

Personal and societal reaction to death with emphasis on euthanasia and suicide and the experience of the dying individual in relation to self, family, and care-providing institutions.

Cross-listed: SOC 3050 and SWK 3050
Offered: as needed


GRN 3450 PHYSIOLOGY OF AGING (3 s.h.)

This course will examine changes with aging in various body systems, diseases found primarily among the aging, and maintenance of health in aging, especially through nutrition and exercise programs.

Cross-listed: SOC 3450 and SWK 3450
Offered: as needed


GRN 3800 SOCIAL WORK WITH OLDER ADULTS (3 s.h.)

This course provides foundation knowledge and skills for working with older individuals, their families, and the community. Skills in helping such as interviewing, assessment and planning, intervention and evaluation, are presented and practiced as applicable to older adults. Systems providing services to older adults such as income maintenance, health care, nutrition, housing, mental health, social and institutional care are presented. Students learn strategies to act as advocates and change agents on behalf of older adults.

Prerequisites: SWK 2310 and GRN 3010
Cross-listed: SWK 3800
Offered: as needed


GRN 3880 MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY (3 s.h.)

A study of the national and global health care system and social factors in health and illness, including the social demography of health, epidemiology, health and illness behavior, health care professions, the hospital as a social system, the sick role, medical ethics, and health care policy.

Offered: as needed


GRN 4500 RESEARCH SEMINAR (3 s.h.)

Students will design and conduct a research project on some aspect of aging.

Prerequisites: Senior standing, completion of 12 s.h. within the Gerontology Program including GRN 3010, and permission of the instructor
Cross-listed: SOC 4500
Offered: as needed


GRN 4700 INTERNSHIP (3 s.h.)

Student placement in an approved community setting for supervised learning experience. Minimum requirements of 100 hours in the agency and a weekly on-campus seminar.

Prerequisites: senior standing, completion of 12 s.h. within the Gerontology Program including GRN 3010, and permission of the instructor
Cross-listed: SOC 4700
Offered: as needed


Contact the Gerontology Program Coordinator

Dr. Carla Fagan

Carla Fagan, Ph.D.

Chair, Social Work; Associate Professor of Social Work; Director, Social Work Program; Coordinator, Gerontology
(910) 630-7699
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Dr. Carla Fagan
Carla Fagan, Ph.D.

Chair, Social Work; Associate Professor of Social Work; Director, Social Work Program; Coordinator, Gerontology

B.S., City College of the City University of New York; M.S.W., Fordham University; Ph.D., Yeshiva University

Bio:

Dr. Fagan began teaching at Methodist University in August 2011 after teaching full time for one year at Southwest Minnesota State University, where she also served as Director of Field Instruction and Student Social Work Association Advisor. Born and raised in New York City, she began teaching as an adjunct in 2001 at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. She also taught at Brooklyn College (CUNY) and Yeshiva University’s Stern College.

It was her very positive experience as an adjunct that motivated her to return to school for her doctorate, which she earned in May 2010, allowing her to fulfill her desire to teach full time in a university. Her dissertation examined the impact of demographics, social support and health beliefs on adherence to hemodialysis treatment regimen. Her 20 years as a nephrology social worker inspired this dissertation topic. Her research interests include health disparities, ethics and aging.

Dr. Fagan brings to Methodist University over 30 years of practice experience in the areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, AIDS services, nursing home services and nephrology social work. She is a regular at Chapel on Wednesdays and enjoys participating in activities to support MU and its students. Her community interests include homeless services, working to achieve social justice, and policy advocacy.

Personal Interests:

  • Sudoku
  • crossword puzzles
  • crocheting
  • knitting
  • listening to jazz
(910) 630-7699
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