Maine has the oldest-aged population of any state in the U.S. and the outlook is that Maine will continue to trend older. The University of Maine at Farmington’s new Aging Studies program was developed to help meet the growing need for professionals to promote the health and psycho-social well-being of our increasingly aging population.
The interdisciplinary Aging Studies program will expose you to a broad array of issues of concern to professionals working with the elderly, including: the biology of aging, psycho-social development in the second half of life, the philosophy of aging, and relevant research and critical thinking skills.
Because Aging Studies is an interdisciplinary program, you’ll take courses and work with professors in Psychology, Rehabilitation Services, Mathematics (statistics) and Sciences. In your junior or senior year, you will also participate in a hands-on field experience or independent research project.
UMF students have participated in a variety of internships and field experiences relevant to aging issues, including:
- Local assisted living centers
- Hospice and home care organizations
- State and government agencies
- Educational institutions
The Aging Studies program will also help you develop competencies in ethics, advocacy, mental health, positive aging, public policy and program / service development.
The program will prepare you for employment in a variety of applied settings: business, government agencies, retirement communities and assisted living centers. It also provides you with a strong foundation for graduate-level study in Gerontology and related fields.
Bachelor of Arts: Interdisciplinary Studies – Aging Studies
What Courses Might You Take?
Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student — in every major — will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:PSY 226 Adulthood & Aging
PSY 230 Death & Dying
REH 110 Intro to Disability Studies
PHI 204 Biomedical Ethics
CHY 110 Elementary Chemistry (Biochemistry of Aging)
REH 200 Counseling and the Helping Relationship