BA Degree in Leadership & Innovation in Aging Studies {22-23}

B.A. Degree in Leadership and Innovation in Aging Studies

Leadership and Innovation in Aging Studies (LIAS) is a field of study that integrates several disciplinary perspectives on human aging, and includes social work, nursing, healthcare leadership, long-term care administration, psychology, innovations in aging, and biology. This degree prepares students for careers in healthcare, human services, senior support services/elder care facilities, research, and government organizations. Nurses, social workers, counselors, healthcare leaders, psychologists, business majors, life enrichment managers, and other healthcare professionals will also benefit from the degree in LIAS. The major explores the aging process of individuals and societies and encompasses the study of physical, mental, and social changes; the investigation of societal changes resulting from an aging population; and the application of this knowledge to policy and program development. In addition, student will learn to advance as communicators, innovative problem solvers, culturally sensitive and responsive leaders as they prepare to work in senior support services. To receive the B.A. degree in the Leadership and Innovation in Aging Studies, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical perspectives in leadership and aging.
  • Analyze evidence-based research to inform data-driven decisions related to senior support/elder care.
  • Analyze the impact of diversity on the aging population.
  • Apply the leadership skills necessary for employment in a senior support/elder care setting.
  • Design innovative solutions to lead and serve in senior support services/elder care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to work with elderly populations in variety of health settings.
  • Assess policies related to aging and their influence on services and organizations at the local, national, and global level.
  • Apply legal and ethical principles in caring for the aging population.

Program Delivery Mode
Online Plus: offered entirely online with face-to-face options available for some/all sections

Core Requirements ( 25-26 credits )

HSAD 400 Aging in the US: Intro to Gerontology & Senior Support Care (3)
HSAD 401 Health Aspects of Aging (3)
HSAD 416 Healthcare Leadership and Management (4)
HSAD 420 Health Policy and Economics (3)
HSAD 422 Regulatory Management in Healthcare (3)
HSAD 468 Internship Seminar (1) and HSAD 469 Internship (3) OR
PSY 469 Internship (3)
PHIL 311 Morals and Medicine (3) OR
HSAD 418 Healthcare Law and Ethics (3)
PSY 403 Adulthood and Aging (3)

Designated Writing Intensive Course for Major
HSAD 420 Health Policy & Economics (3)

Restricted Electives ( 6-7 credits )

6 to 7 credits in research methods courses – students can choose based on their discipline/interest

ECON 370 Introduction to Econometrics (3)
MATH 234 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
PSY 230 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4)
PSY 330 Experimental Methods (3)
SOC 350 Methods and Statistics for Social Research (4)
SOC 452 Qualitative Methods (3)
SW 415 Research Methods in Social Work (3) (choose additional 3 credit class from options listed here)
HSAD 326 Epidemiology and Introductory Biostatistics (3)
HSAD 350 Evidence-Based Program Planning and Research Methods (3)
NURS 370 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (4) (choose additional class from options listed here)

Electives ( 15 credits )

Choose 15 credits from list:

ACCT 230 Principles of Accounting I (3)
ACCT 321 Employment Law (3)
ART 325 Intro to Art Therapy (3)
ANTH 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
BIOL 323 Human Anatomy (4) (L)
BIOL 349 Human Physiology (4) (L)
FINC 340 Financial Management (3)
FINC 360 Principles of Investment (3)
HIST 374 Plagues and People: Disease & the Environment (3)
HLTH 305 Introduction to Nutrition (3)
HLTH 330 Disease Prevention (2)
HSAD 218 Introduction to Healthcare & Global Health (3)
HSAD 403 Health Informatics (3)
HSAD 417 Quality Management in Healthcare (3)
HSAD 419 Healthcare Finance and Reimbursement Methods (3)
HSAD 421 Long Term Care Administration (3)
MGMT 260 Principles of Management (3)
MGMT 440 Human Resource Management (3)
MGMT 451 Organizational Behavior (3)
MKTG 270 Principles of Marketing (3)
NURS 342 Interdisciplinary Care of Diverse Populations (3)
NURS 352 End of Life Patient Care (3)
POL 340 Public Administration (3)
PSY 202 Developmental Psychology (3)
PSY 265 Health Psychology (3)
PSY 463 Advanced Psychopathology (3)
PSY 494 Undergraduate Research (3 credits applied to major)
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology (3)
SOC 120 Social Psychology (3)
SOC 310 Dominant-Subordinate Group Relations (3)
SW 405 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3)
SW 411 Chemical Dependency (3)
SW 460 Social Policy and Policy Practice (3)
SW 490 Topics in Social Work (3)