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BA in Human Services - Gerontology

The online Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Gerontology program at Southern New Hampshire University offers students the opportunity to develop the practical skills and foundational knowledge needed to effectively assist aging individuals, their families, and their communities. Read more about the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services - Gerontology here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Gerontology

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Gerontology program may be a good fit for students who show a predisposition for analysis, problem-solving, and compassion. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Gerontology program offers students the opportunity to learn how to provide service to elderly people, their families, and communities. The program is designed to allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the historic roles and trends of the human service professional, how to evaluate client needs, and legal and ethical industry standards. With this program, students have the opportunity to hone their inquiry and critical-thinking skills through discussion of appropriate response strategies for diverse populations and how to create social change through policy. The concentration in gerontology is designed to teach students how to consider aging through various lenses and how to use data to determine positive health and wellness plans for the aging.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Southern New Hampshire University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Gerontology:

This Bachelor of Arts in Human Services - Gerontology is a 120-credit program that consists of core human services courses in addition to a 12 credits of concentration courses in gerontology. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Southern New Hampshire University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Human Services Major Courses (24 credits)

  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Communication Skills for Human Service Professionals
  • Human Services Organizational Systems
  • Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Law and Ethics in Human Services
  • Case Management
  • Human Services Capstone
  • Research Literacy in Social Sciences

Gerontology Concentration Courses (12 credits)

  • Perspectives in Aging
  • Aging and Wellness
  • The Epidemiology of Aging
  • Aging, Politics, and Policy

Arts and Sciences Courses (9 credits)

  • Lifespan Development
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Sociology of Social Problems

General Education Courses (42 credits)

  • Students must take these two courses:
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Introduction to Sociology
  • Students must choose one of these courses:
    • Introduction to Statistical Analysis
    • Applied Statistics
  • Other general education courses include various foundation, exploration, and integration courses.

Free Elective Courses (33 credits)

  • Students may select topics of professional or personal interest to complete this requirement for elective courses.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After graduating from the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Gerontology program at Southern New Hampshire University, students may want to pursue a graduate degree in order to prepare for managerial or leadership positions. Some higher-level positions may require a master's degree.

Some programs that graduates may consider include:

  • Master of Arts in Human Services
  • Master of Arts Gerontology
  • Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling

Career Paths:

Graduates of SNHU's Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Gerontology program may have developed the skills needed for careers where they assist others, specifically the aging, their families, and their communities in a compassionate, ethical, and legal manner.

After graduation, students may pursue careers in the following positions:

  • Geriatric care manager
  • Mental health aide
  • Home health administrator

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