Integrated Studies Degree: Aging

A new undergraduate degree for a career in aging services.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2010 and 2050, the United States is projected to experience rapid growth in its older population. By 2050, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to be 88.5 million, more than double its current number.

Lipscomb University continues to create degree programs that are relevant to both current and future industries and markets with its new Integrated Studies Bachelor of Arts degree, introduced in the fall of 2012. Since then, the degree's popularity among traditional and adult degree program students has quickly grown. This innovative degree is a more focused option that allows students to choose two concentrations among a select few in order to equip themselves specifically for work in the field of aging that interests them most.

Eligible concentrations would include the following topics: management, psychology, family and consumer sciences, and social welfare. For each area, a carefully crafted set of four courses would be used for the aging focus. These students may choose to add the minor in aging to their course of study as well.

For the major:

Concentration 1: Management
MG 3503 Principles of Management
MG 4453 Human Resource Management
MG 4403 Organizational Behavior
MG 3403 Servant Leadership

Concentration 2: Psychology
PS 3453 Death and Dying
PS 2313 Behavior Modification
PS 2423 Lifespan Development
Select one Upper-division PS course

Concentration 3: Family and Consumer Sciences
FS 4403 Families in Later Adulthood
FS 3513 Family Resource Management
FS 3503 Family Problems
FS 3433 Family Interaction

Concentration 4: Social Welfare
SW 1103 Intro to Social Work
SW 3223 Social Work and Aging
SW 3113 Race and Ethnic Groups
SW 2353 Effects of Disability

Courses required for minor:

Successful completion of 18 hours in:
INST 3013 Aging Across the Disciplines
SW 3223 Social Work with Aging
NUTR 3633 Nutrition Across the Lifespan
MG 3503 Principles of Management
FS 4403 Families in Later Adulthood
PS 3453 Death and Dying

For more information about the Integrated Studies Aging major or minor, please contact Dr. Teresa Clark, or 615.966.5859.

For information about Lipscomb's Adult Degree Program, where working adults can choose an Aging major or minor, please contact John Williams, or 615-966-5279.