Mission & Goals

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Gerontology is an applied interdisciplinary program that fosters study of the aging process along the life continuum; predominately exploring the years after 65, focusing on individuals, families, and communities. Courses in the curriculum are designed to promote a cohesive interconnected holistic understanding of gerontological issues grounded in evidence-based biological, psychological, socio-cultural-spiritual, environmental, gender, generational, and political contexts. Along with providing a solid interdisciplinary knowledge and experiential base, the Gerontology Program's mission is to prepare graduates to 1.) assume roles in diverse settings serving the older adult community throughout the region, state and nation, 2.) develop a distinctly humanistic, ethical, responsible, and professional approach to the conduct of those roles, and 3.) develop interest in and skills for life long inquiry and participation in civic engagement.

Consistent with California State University, Sacramento's (CSUS) "Baccalaureate Learning Goals for the 21st Century" (2009), the CSUS and Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (SSIS) mission statements, and the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) national competencies for Gerontology, students may expect the Program's interdisciplinary course work to provide the following:

  • a foundational interdisciplinary knowledge base from the social, natural, and behavioral sciences that prepares students for practice or graduate school (2)
  • a variety of opportunities in the classroom, online, and in applied internships to demonstrate nationally recognized gerontology competencies (1)
  • multiple classroom and experiential opportunities for inquiry and analysis, critical reflective philosophical and creative thinking, and problem solving when identifying, examining, creating, and evaluating solutions related to issues facing diverse elders and their families in today's society (3)
  • a variety of opportunities in the classroom, online, and in applied internships for developing competency in written and oral communication and information literacy (1, 3, 5)
  • opportunities for developing teamwork and problem solving capacity in group projects and while functioning in an interdisciplinary role with other discipline-based practitioners (3, 4, 5)
  • numerous opportunities to apply gerontology and interdisciplinary theories in practice settings and when completing community engagement experiences and projects (4)
  • opportunities for functioning in various roles as advocates for aging individuals, caregivers, and elders in society (4)
  • experiences that enhance and develop an appreciation of life-long learning and personal development for people of all ages (4).

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the gerontology program of study the student will:

  1. demonstrate understanding of fundamental interdisciplinary evidence-based knowledge, skills, values, and current trends as a basis for competent gerontological practice. (1, 2, 5)
  2. demonstrate critical thinking when analyzing diverse and complex aging issues and outcomes for elders, families, and society from an interdisciplinary perspective that is grounded in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. (1, 2, 3, 5)
  3. synthesize and apply learned interdisciplinary theories and research in applied settings. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  4. demonstrate social and cultural awareness, sensitivity, respect, and support ofmultiple perspectives when interacting with others. (2, 3, 4, 5)
  5. exhibit personal and social responsibility and ethical and professional behavior in all settings. (4, 5)
  6. exhibit effective use of basic communication (written, oral and interpersonal) skills and information technology needed in a global information society. (3, 4)

Note: numbers relate to the five (5) Sacramento State Baccalaureate Learning Goals (2009).