Course Details

Aging Services Option

120 credits

This Option is for students interested in working in the rapidly growing field of aging. State departments of aging, area agencies on aging, family service agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and retirement and assisted living communities provide social work services for older adults. These services include long-term care, recreation and quality of life activities, death and dying counseling, adult daycare, nutrition services, housing services, adult foster care, case management, mental health services, and adult protection against elder abuse. The Department has a student award for Social Work with Older People, initiated by its Geriatric Enrichment in Social Work Education Project funded by the Hartford Foundation and CSWE. Students can obtain additional information from the Departmentís homepage or administrative assistant.

Degree Requirements


Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.
SW 2200 Introduction to Social Work 4
SW 2500 Human Biology for Social Workers and the Social Sciences 3
SW 3050 Perspectives on Aging (WECO) 3
SW 3340 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
SW 3350 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
SW 3450 Social Welfare Policy and Services 3
SW 3500 Health and Society (GACO) (WECO) 3
SW 3510 Theory and Practice of Social Work Intervention I 3
SW 3520 Theory and Practice of Social Work Intervention II 3
SW 3530 Theory and Practice of Social Work Intervention III 3
SW 4020 Social Work Research Methods (TECO) 3
SW 4460 Social Work Practicum: Aging Services 12
SW 4550 Social Work Seminar (WRCO) 3
Children and Families Elective - complete one of the following: 3
SW 3130 Child Welfare and Family Services (DICO)
SW 3150 Child Maltreatment
SW 3250 Families, Schools, and Community
PS 2010 Introduction to General Psychology 3
PS 3560 Adulthood and Aging 3
SO 2220 Foundations of Sociology (DICO) 3
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection - complete one of the following: 3
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO)
SS 3700 Social Statistics (QRCO)
SW 3700 Social Statistics (QRCO)
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
INCO Integration Connection 3
Electives 26-24

SW 4550 requires a minimum grade of C in the required Social Work (SW) foundation courses and a minimum major grade point average of 2.50 (all courses required for the major).

*All course information is from the 2014-2015 Catalog.