Global Aging and Life Course Studies, BA
The world’s population is aging at an unprecedented rate. Within a few years, people age 65 and older are expected to outnumber young children for the first time in human history. These dramatic changes are affecting the way societies around the globe deal with their growing number of older people.
The workforce needs employees who can understand the effect of aging on communities, critically analyze information and respond to emerging trends in gerontology and aging research.
The main goal of the Global Aging and Life Course Studies program is to introduce students to the issues, questions, perspectives, needs and contributions of older persons and to compare the opportunities and challenges associated with aging populations internationally.
Students who complete this program will:
- gain knowledge of global aging (gerontology) as a discipline
- have the ability to describe core questions and concepts in gerontology and apply these to the study of aging populations
- be able to successfully apply their knowledge in various professions or enter graduate school
- understand the multidisciplinary implications of aging people and populations for the business and private sectors, health and healthcare, psychological and behavioral health, public policy, social work, and sociology
- cultivate a global perspective and an understanding of diversity
- develop an appreciation for, and empathy for, people of different age groups
- have an awareness of how our perspectives are shaped by our cultural context
- cultivate a respect for differing practices and approaches to aging populations
- understand the aging services professional network and how to access and participate in it