The Master of Arts in Gerontology was developed from the perspective that human beings require meaning and purpose in order to experience life with a sense of well-being as they grow older. The human experience of meaning is experienced in a multiplicity of ways. In each of the six core courses within this curriculum, we explore how meaning is promoted or impeded through the lens of our individual selves and our societal selves. Meaning is socially constructed and reflected in psychological theories and social policies. Our students will develop their critical thinking skills to observe ageist practices and beliefs in our current culturally diverse climate. In addition to this competency, students will acquire leadership skills through experiential activities that will be embedded in each of the core courses. Leadership skills will be based on critical analyses of the policies and programs that affect older adults and the institutions that serve them, as well as analyses of societal structures that create connections for older adults to serve others. Students will then be able to identify and formulate effective means of creating change in these areas. Projects in each of the core courses, immersion in the student’s chosen specialty track, culminating in the Capstone Project will provide students with opportunities to apply and test their new knowledge in real world settings.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, Telephone number: 404-679-4501).
Tuition & Financial Aid
Financial Aid Offered: No
Classification: Doctoral/Research Universities - Intensive
Institution Sector: Private not-for-profit
Locale: Large Suburb
Size & Settings: 20,000 and above