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Specializations

Social Work majors are strongly advised and encouraged to pursue minor areas of study and/or Certificates in Child Welfare, Psychology, Gerontology, Addictions Counseling, etc. The Social Work Program has been responsible for the development, administration and supervision of the Child Welfare, Gerontology and Addictions Counseling Certificate/Minor Programs.

 

1). Gerontology

This specialization/minor consists of 15 credits in gerontology courses, including two required courses and three electives. Courses are:
Required:  GER 241, Introduction to Social Gerontology and GER 375 Aging Policies and Programs.
Electives: Any three - GER 351, Substance Abuse and the Aged; GER 358, Counseling the Older Adult; GER 365 Alzheimers Disease; and GER 370 Remotivation Therapy.
Social Work majors who pursue the gerontology option will complete either their junior or senior field experience, or both, in a setting serving the elderly. The Gerontology minor evolved as a response to the large number of aging services and extra-ordinarily large aged population in this geographical area (almost 20% 65 years of age or older in Luzerne County). As our society in general continues to gray, trained personnel will be needed.
  APPLICATION FOR THE MINOR MAY BE FOUND ON THE
REGISTRAR'S TAB ON THE PORTAL OR GO TO THE
REGISTRAR'S OFFICE.