Gerontology Certificate

The Gerontology Certificate offers students the advantage of an additional professional credential that supports employment and advanced graduate study opportunities.

Required Courses

  • SWK 100

    Introduction to Social Work


    This course introduces students to the profession of social work and its fields of practice. It provides an introduction to social work theories, values, and skills and defines how generalist social workers use their professional expertise to help people solve a variety of problems and improve their lives. The history of social work and its linkage to social justice issues and social welfare policy will be explored.

  • SWK 110

    Human Behavior and the Social Environment

    3 credits

    This course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of human behavior and development across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on investigation and application of bio-psychosocial and systems theories, strengths perspectives, empowerment, and resiliency on human development and behavior within the scope of generalist social work practice. Attention to dimensions of diversity related to culture, race/ethnicity, gender, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status on human development and behavior are stressed.

  • SWK 352


    3 credits

    A bio-psychosocial approach to the study of the aging process. The course includes the  study of physical, mental, and social changes in people as they age, the effects of the aging population on society, and government and social policy issues related to senior populations. Course content will include the National Association of Social Workers professional credentials for the social worker in gerontology

  • SWK 251

    Palliative and Hospice Care

    3 credits

    This course provides a basic background on historical and contemporary perspectives on death, dying, and bereavement. Emphasis is given to current American practices regarding death, the grief process, care of the dying and dead, meeting the needs of the bereaved, and spiritual and ethical dimensions of death and dying. This course is recommended for students who understand death and dying as fundamental aspects of the human experience and/or are interested in careers related to social work, healthcare, geriatrics, and ministry.

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  • SWK 332

    Crisis Intervention: Theories and Skills

    3 credits

    This course will examine the knowledge, theory and skills of crisis intervention. Crisis intervention strategies and methods attempts to empower individuals or parties currently undergoing a crisis situation by helping them to stabilize and solve problems causing extreme tension and stress. This course includes social work principles and methods of crisis intervention for many different situations, such as domestic violence, community violence, homelessness, psychiatric crisis and abuse and neglect.

  • SWK 432

    Counseling Theories

    3 credits

    This course is intended to introduce the social work student to the major theories of counseling in social work practice today. This course examines‎ the relationships between theories in social sciences and social work and explores their connections to the practice of social work.

    The intent of this course upon completion is to make students aware of major theoretical frameworks that have shaped social work and how theories have influenced the practice and field of social work.

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  • SWK 452

    Adult and Senior Counseling and Case Management

    3 credits

    The study of professional counseling and case management techniques for direct practice  with senior adults. Course content will include the National Association of Social Workers professional credentials for the social worker in gerontology (SW-G). Prerequisite: Junior and senior status.

  • SWK 361

    Law and Social Work Practice

    3 credits

    Social workers in all fields of practice need to understand how legal issues impact the concerns their clients face. This course will explore common legal issues such as income, food, and shelter; victims of violence; school social work and the law; abuse and neglect; mental health and addiction issues; criminal justice system; and immigrants, refuges and victims of human trafficking. Areas of emphasis will be on the interfacing of social work and the legal system when working with diverse populations.

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