Undergraduate certificate: aging studies
Graduate certificate: aging studies
The Aging Studies Program offers undergraduate and graduate programs and a selection of courses open to students in all majors.
Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who would like to focus on aging studies as their major or as a second major should consider the individualized plan of study track offered by the Interdepartmental Studies Program; see Interdepartmental Studies in the Catalog. Entry into the program requires approval of a plan of study. Students enrolled in this program also may meet the requirements for a Certificate in Aging Studies.
Undergraduate students working on a Bachelor of Arts degree in the School of Social Work have the option to earn 12 s.h. in aging-related course work as an area of focus in their major. Graduate students earning a Master of Social Work degree can declare gerontology/aging as an area of focus by completing course work in aging. For more information, contact the School of Social Work.
The Aging Studies Program is administered by the School of Social Work.
Undergraduate Programs of Study
Graduate Program of Study
The aging studies minor or certificate is an important asset for employment in any field. Working with an aging population and the issues affecting them will be increasingly important as the population of older adults also rises.
Among the organizations that have hired University of Iowa students and alumni are assisted living centers, retirement communities, senior centers, nursing homes, hospice centers, elder services. and gymnasiums.
Areas of employment for individuals with specializations in aging studies include:
State and local government agencies: State Department on Aging; Area Agency on Aging; all departments will be affected by population aging, even if they do not specialize in working with older adults, such as transportation, energy, housing, human services, small business supports, veterans services, among others.
Nonprofit organizations: Senior centers; the American Association of Retired Persons (national, regional, and state offices); Exploritas/Elderhostels (travel options for older adults).
Social service organizations: Meals on Wheels, congregate meal sites, heating assistance programs, transportation.
Private corporations: Human resources departments.
Aging Studies Courses
ASP:1000 First-Year Seminar1 s.h.
Small discussion class taught by a faculty member; topics chosen by instructor; may include outside activities (e.g., films, lectures, performances, readings, visits to research facilities). Requirements: first- or second-semester standing.
ASP:1800 Basic Aspects of Aging3 s.h.
Social, psychological, and biological aspects; demographics of aging, health, economic issues, primary relationships, social services. GE: Social Sciences. Same as CSD:1800, NURS:1800, SSW:1800, TR:1800.
ASP:2000 Big Ideas: Creativity for a Lifetime3 s.h.
Exploration of what senior artists can teach about creativity and aging; interdisciplinary project-based collaborative learning opportunities that consider role of arts and creativity across a lifespan; essential skills necessary to be professionals in numerous careers including health, social work, education, humanities, and the arts; integration of teamwork and opportunities for individual growth that allow for personal development; identification of ways for students to be more creative in their own lives and work. GE: Values, Society, and Diversity. Same as ARTS:2000, EDTL:2000, RHET:2000.
ASP:2181 The Anthropology of Aging3 s.h.
Comparative anthropological perspective on aging; ethnographies from diverse contexts used to examine intersections of kinship, religion, health, and medicine in later life. Same as ANTH:2181, GHS:2181.
ASP:3135 Global Aging3 s.h.
Demographic factors that contribute to the world wide phenomena of population aging in context of WHO Active Aging and the United Nation's Principles for Older Persons frameworks. Same as GHS:3050, SSW:3135.
ASP:3150 Psychology of Aging3 s.h.
The later years of human life viewed from perspectives of developmental psychology, biology, sociology.
ASP:3151 The Anthropology of the Beginnings and Ends of Life3 s.h.
Examination of diverse understandings of birth and death, drawing on anthropological analysis of personhood, kinship, ritual, and medicine; how social inequality and new technologies shape human experience at life's margins. Prerequisites: ANTH:1101 or ANTH:2100. Same as ANTH:3151, GHS:3151.
ASP:3152 Anthropology of Caregiving and Health3 s.h.
ASP:3160 Biology of Aging3 s.h.
Biogerontology; definition of aging and senescence, biological theories of aging, demographics, model systems foraging, premature aging syndromes, aging of organ systems in humans.
ASP:3300 Mapping the Creative Legacy3 s.h.
Reviewing a lifetime of creative work offers a unique window into the influences and perspectives that shape an artist's development over decades; understanding creativity throughout the lifespan; fieldwork with senior artists to document the evolution of their original output; generating oral histories, documenting a substantial number of artistic works, and helping to produce a creative legacy; course culminates with a gallery exhibition of senior artists' work, curated by the students.
ASP:3501 Introduction to Nursing Homes3 s.h.
Overview of nursing home roles in context of long-term care system, characteristics of nursing home residents. Same as SSW:3501.
ASP:3519 Politics of Aging3 s.h.
Core concepts and methods related to aging and policies that address the needs of older persons; demographic measures of population health and aging, including incidence and distribution of specific conditions relevant in older age; theories of public policy and involvement of older persons in the political process; key historical and current policies, at both the federal and state/local levels, that influence service provision and the well-being of older persons in the United States. Same as POLI:3519.
ASP:3610 Writing in the Presence of Death: Rhetoric, Narrative, and Hospice3 s.h.
Role of rhetoric in health care practice, decisions, and ethics; rhetorical production of patient and professional selves in health care; varied practices, diverse perspectives, and situated production of medical and health care knowledge. Prerequisites: RHET:1030 or RHET:1040 or RHET:1060. Requirements: satisfactory completion of General Education rhetoric requirement. Same as GWSS:3610, RHET:3610.
ASP:3740 End-of-Life Care for Adults and Families3 s.h.
ASP:3753 Programs and Services for Aging Adults3 s.h.
Major gerontological programs and services, practitioners' need for basic aging-practice competence; aging network; income, employment, health maintenance programs; continuum of care (preventive and well-elderly services, in-home services, community-based services, institutional care); assessment; major elder health issues, informal care; end-of-life care. Same as SSW:3753.
ASP:3785 Social Policy and the Elderly3 s.h.
Public social policies, their affect on well-being of elderly, including women and minorities; U.S. and other nations' policies. Requirements: an introductory course on aging and junior or higher standing. Same as SSW:3785.
ASP:3786 Death/Dying: Issues Across the Life Span3-4 s.h.
Introduction to death and dying; historical, cultural, societal, personal perspectives. Same as SSW:3786.
ASP:3900 Independent Study in Gerontologyarr.
Individual projects and/or research.
ASP:3920 Service Learning in Aging Studies1-3 s.h.
Experiential learning in settings with older adults. Corequisites: ASP:1800, if not taken as a prerequisite.
ASP:4165 Communication Disorders and Aging2 s.h.
Introduction to speech, language, and hearing processes and disorders among older adults; survey of characteristics of communication and communication breakdown, remediation, and strategies for improving communication with older adults with communication disorders; primarily for nonmajors and service providers other than speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Offered spring semesters of even years. Same as CSD:4165.
ASP:4189 Aging Studies Internship Seminar1 s.h.
Opportunity for students to exercise critical thinking related to experiences in their aging studies internship. Prerequisites: ASP:1800 and ASP:3160 and ASP:3135 and ASP:3150. Corequisites: ASP:4190.
ASP:4190 Aging Studies Internship3 s.h.
Opportunities for students in various disciplines to relate their areas of study to older adults and aging; interdisciplinary relationships, approaches to meeting needs of older adults. Same as SSW:4190.
ASP:5219 Aging and the Family2-3 s.h.
Research related to aging and the family; intergenerational relations, marital status in later life, diversity of older families, caregiving, elder abuse, policy issues. Same as SSW:5219.
ASP:5401 The Care of the Frail Elderly3 s.h.
Clinical management of the elderly; emphasis on economic considerations, principles of gerontological care, common syndromes, ethical issues; clinical application experience in a long-term care setting. Prerequisites: NURS:5029. Corequisites: NURS:6200 and NURS:6701. Same as NURS:5401.
ASP:5750 Medicare and Medicaid Policy3 s.h.
Health policies most pertinent to Americans over age of 65. Same as HMP:5750.
ASP:8355 Introduction to Geriatric Dentistry2 s.h.
Biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging; normal aging and disease processes associated with aging; pathological changes that affect oral health treatment of dental diseases and patient management. Requirements: D.D.S. enrollment or completion of dental hygiene program. Same as PCD:8355.