Gerontology, the study of aging, is an emerging field striving to understand the meaning of age, the aging process and the aged. We aspire to provide our students the best class learning, research and practice opportunities, so to prepare students for a variety of careers in business, industry, government, private foundations, health and human services, research, education, and entrepreneurial endeavors. By developing our students to be outstanding gerontologists, our graduates become trained professionals to meet the needs of the large, and continuously growing aging population of California.
- To ensure students receive current state-of-the-art training in and out of the classroom to develop marketable skills in applied areas of gerontology.
- To provide high quality programs and academic experiences that meet the diverse needs of our students, community and older people in California.
- To equip students with integrated knowledge of physiological, psychological, and social aspects of aging in the political, economic, and cultural context.
- To enable students to understand the developmental life in relationship to older adult development and program application.
- To empower students with appropriate methods of applied research to improve and create programs and make meaningful contributions with the older adult population.
- To develop competence in the involvement of service, implementation and administration of programs in a variety of settings that involve older people and their caregivers.