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Management of Aging Services
Affiliate FacultyAndrew Sears
Adjunct FacultyJeffrey Ash
Courses in this program are listed under AGNG.
The Erickson School offers a unique interdisciplinary undergraduate major that prepares individuals for entry-level careers in non-profit, public and private-sector organizations that address the ongoing revolution in the age structure of society. The major blends knowledge about gerontology, public policy and management with skills that include communication, accounting/budgeting, computer literacy, critical thinking, human resources, leadership and management of organizations. This combined knowledge base positions graduates to work in a wide array of professional careers, as well as provides a strong foundation for additional education or training in a range of fields, including policy, management, law, human services and entrepreneurship. Students can customize the major in several ways. First, students may choose three of their core offerings, and may select from elective courses to build specialized expertise in an area of special interest. Independent study courses, designed in coordination with a faculty member, and an array of special topics courses intended to address emerging issues in the areas of policy, practice and research provide both up-to-date knowledge and opportunities for specialization. Students can also apply for consideration to work with faculty as undergraduate research assistants. In addition, the practice experience provided in an advanced internship, described in detail below, extends both career-related experience and specialized knowledge. Through these means, students may focus their careers toward the public/governmental/policy sector, toward the non-profit/advocacy sector or toward the private/business sector.
Career and Academic Paths
Graduates in management of aging services have a wide range of career options.
Potential settings include:
- For-profit businesses focusing on marketing, housing/real estate, financial services, technology and travel/leisure
- Non-profit organizations engaged in health promotion, education, emergency preparedness and legal advocacy
- Public sector institutions at the federal, state or local level involved in policy analysis, development and management.
Positions could include planner for a corporate retirement program, product development specialist, manager of a senior volunteer program, activities director at a senior living community, policy advocate, or a legislative staff person to a state or federal committee. More opportunities are likely to arise as the
population continues to age.
The faculty in the Erickson School is an expanding, interdisciplinary group of scholars who are dedicated to quality classroom experiences and cutting-edge research. Building upon an existing cadre of UMBC faculty in multiple departments who conduct research and offer courses in our curriculum, Erickson School faculty hold joint appointments in another academic department, publish books and articles in leading scholarly journals in a wide variety of fields, and teach regularly in beginning and advanced courses. Faculty bring their research expertise in contemporary issues to the classroom and use the
expertise of practitioners in the classroom and case-based educational approaches to explore challenges/
opportunities presented in the aging services sector. The Erickson School’s strong commitment to quality teaching is furthered by serious attention to the results of faculty, course and program evaluation processes.
All students enrolled in the major of management of aging services are assigned to an academic advisor to craft a plan to achieve success in their major requirements and in their general university requirements. The academic team for the undergraduate program supports students to maximize their success in the program and at UMBC. Specific advising with regard to internship is integrated into this process (see below). Students interested in majoring in management of aging services, including those transferring from other four-year schools or from community colleges, should contact the Erickson School at 443-543-5622 to initiate advising.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree
The aim of this degree is to prepare students for entry level professional positions in management of aging services. The undergraduate major is built upon UMBC’s liberal arts foundation and provides a strong knowledge base in human aging; understanding of regulatory/policy/fiscal issues involved in aging service provision; and fundamental management skills (i.e., accounting, human resources, critical thinking and negotiation). For this major, students must complete 54 credits, including a 51-credit core and 3 credits of electives.
- AGNG 100 So You Say You Want A Revolution (SS) 
- AGNG 200 Aging People, Policy, and Management (WI, SS) 
- AGNG 300 Introduction to Policy and Aging Services 
- AGNG 301 Intermediate Policy Analysis for Aging Issues 
- AGNG 310 Introduction to the Management of Aging Services 
- AGNG 311 Intermediate Management of Aging Services 
- AGNG 320 Strength-Based Approaches to Promoting Health and Wellness in the Aging Services 
- AGNG 321 Strength-Based Approaches to Achieving Mental Wellness in the Older Adult 
- AGNG 361 Technology for Managers in Aging Services 
- AGNG 401 Critical Issues in Management of Aging Services 
- AGNG 422 Research Applications in Aging Services 
- AGNG 430 Law & Ethics in Aging Services 
- AGNG 440 Diversity in Aging 
- AGNG 460 Internship 
- AGNG 462 Internship I 
- AGNG 463 Internship II 
- AGNG 470 Capstone 
- SPCH 100 (AH) 
The following are additional requirements for completion of the management of aging services Major:1) Completion of one elective (3 credits) from a list of approved courses.
2) Grades of “C” or better in all major courses.
3) Completion of all of the general university and other degree requirements.
4) Successful completion of the internship and associated internship seminar, as described below.
A critical part of each student's undergraduate work is to complete a program of learning in a professional setting. The internship portion of the curriculum offers students the opportunity to learn from leaders and other professionals in the field of aging, and apply classroom knowledge of aging issues and management theory to critical projects at established organizations.
Students must take AGNG 460 (6 credits, for about 14 hours/wk) to complete the internship in one semester or AGNG 462 (3 cr, for about 7 hours/wk) and AGNG 463 (3 cr, 7 jours/wk) to complete the internship in two semesters.
To be eligible for the internship, students must have achieved junior class standing and completed 15 credits of core courses in the major with a grade of "C" or better by the close of the semester of application to the internship.
The Erickson School has developed multiple internship opportunities with private industry, government agencies, and non-profit organizations that reflect the varied careers available to students.
The Internship Program is sufficiently flexible to accommodate numerous interests and opportunities for students. Through the internship, Erickson students:
- Gain real-world experience and a competitive employment advantage in a rapidly growing field.
- Test their preferred career path for fit.
- Integrate classroom learning and hone their skills in an environment of caring supervision and feedback.
- Take advantage of an extensive network of for-profit, not-for-profit and government organizations that partner with the School in the provision of fieldwork opportunities
Oversight of the internship will be guided by an on-site supervisor in the host setting for the internship and through the UMBC faculty member supervising the related seminar class. Students should be proactive in contacting their advisors when they plan to pursue the internship to begin the process and receive the manual.
The internship is a prerequisite for the Capstone course. Students must complete 6 credits of internship -- either AG 460 (6 credits) or AG 462 (3credits) and AG 463 (3 credits) -- prior to enrolling in the Capstone (AG 470). Decisions regarding exceptions to this sequence are made by the Program Director, in consultation with the Capstone and Internship course instructors."
Requirements for the Management of Aging Services Minor
Students interested in a minor program to combine with a wide range of academic majors may undertake an 18 credit hour minor program with the following requirements: Core: 6 credits AGNG 100, AGNG 200 Electives: 12 credits Four courses - two 300-level courses and two 400-level courses, selected from the approved content electives list for the minor. All courses in the Minor must be completed with a grade of ”C”or better
The Erickson School provides students with enrichment activities that include student-focused programs, distinguished outside speakers, and opportunities to hear from researchers and practitioners who are ”up to the minute” on relevant topics and innovations in policy and practice. The Erickson School offers special scholarships and financial awards to students majoring in the program. Internships provide students the opportunity to get practical experience and to apply their experience in a capstone course, including development of a career dossier. Career placement services through the Erickson School provide pathways to career opportunities for seniors approaching graduation. Events and new program developments are posted on our Web site, as are exciting opportunities to participate in research, student organizations and other relevant activities.