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The Proposed Gerontology Master of Arts Degree at Youngstown State University. Dr. Daniel J. Van Dussen Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology 6/27/12. Program History. First aging related courses in Ohio 1957 Steering Committees 1978, 1996, 2006-present

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The Proposed Gerontology Master of Arts Degree at Youngstown State University

Dr. Daniel J. Van Dussen

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology

6/27/12


Program History

  • First aging related courses in Ohio 1957

  • Steering Committees 1978, 1996, 2006-present

  • Gerontology major 2008

  • Heavy state and national participation in aging 2000-present


Justification for a Gerontology MA

  • Growth of the Certificate in Applied Gerontology

  • Student Interest

  • University Interest

  • Community Interest

  • Demography of the United States


Source: US Census Bureau, International Data Base


Source: US Census Bureau, International Data Base


Ohio’s Age Distribution


Largest total populations of older adults 2025:

Sources: United States Census and http://proximityone.com/st003065.htm


Admissions Criteria

  • GPA

  • GRE

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Letter of intent

  • Optional interview

  • Undergraduate or graduate statistics course

  • 9 semester hours of aging related coursework


Proposed Gerontology Program

  • 36 credit Hours

  • Internship

  • Interdisciplinary in Nature

  • Applied

  • Designed to use existing areas of expertise at YSU

  • Different than existing MA programs in Ohio


Core Curriculum


Electives


Thesis vs. Non-Thesis Track

  • Students may choose to do a thesis (see above curriculum)

  • OR

  • Three additional semester hours in Field Practicum

  • AND

  • One additional elective for the non-thesis track. The non-thesis track is designed for those who are less likely to continue for a PhD.


Growth Opportunities for YSU

  • Marketing to new parts of Ohio and the United States

  • Expanded emphasis on research

  • National reputation

  • Growing field of inquiry

  • Building on Ohio reputation through our current research


Questions


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