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Management of Aging Services
Adjunct FacultyRich Compton
Clinical Assistant InstructorJeffrey Ash
Lecturer and Undergraduate Program ChairGalina Madjaroff
Clinical Associate ProfessorRobin Majeski
Professor and Graduate Program ChairJoseph Gribbin
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 aging revolution in society. The major blends knowledge about human aging, public policy and management with skills that include communication, financial 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, and 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. 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. 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, travel/leisure, health and wellness products and services.
- 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 scholar pratitioners who are dedicated to quality classroom experiences and cutting-edge research. Erickson School faculty 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.
- AGNG 100 So You Say You Want A Revolution (SS) 3
- AGNG 200 Aging People, Policy, and Management (WI, SS) 3
- AGNG 300 Introduction to Policy and Aging Services 3
- AGNG 301 Intermediate Policy Analysis for Aging Issues 3
- AGNG 310 Introduction to the Management of Aging Services 3
- AGNG 311 Intermediate Management of Aging Services 3
- AGNG 320 Strength-Based Approaches to Promoting Health and Wellness in the Aging Services 3
- AGNG 321 Strength-Based Approaches to Achieving Mental Wellness in the Older Adult 3
- AGNG 351 Business Decision Making for Aging Services 3
- AGNG 361 Technology for Managers in Aging Services 3
- AGNG 401 Critical Issues in Management of Aging Services 3
- AGNG 422 Research Applications in Aging Services 3
- AGNG 440 Diversity in Aging 3
- AGNG 460 Internship 6
- AGNG 462 Internship I 3
- AGNG 463 Internship II 3
- AGNG 470 Capstone 3
Students must choose 2 courses at 3 credits each from the list of approved courses with the approval of their advisor. Please visit the Erickson School website for the list of approved electives.
The following are additional requirements for completion of the management of aging services major:
1) Completion of two electives (6 credits).
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.
All students must complete a one, or two-semester internship and simultaneously attend an in class seminar. The internship can be taken during one semester (AGNG 460) while earning a total of 6 credit hours. During the one-semester internship students are required to work approximately 14-15 hours a week for the duration of the semester. Students who wish to take the internship in two-semesters will initially enroll in AGNG 462, followed by enrolling in AGNG 463 the following semester, each time earning 3 credit hours. Enrollment in the internship takes place when students achieve junior status “in good standing” in the university and have successfully completed at least 15 credits of the required courses (core or elective) with a grade point average of 2.5 or better. The processes to apply for the internship and the rules governing it are detailed in the Erickson School’s Internship Program Manual. The timetable for application begins a full semester (at minimum) prior to the initiation of the internship semester. The Erickson School in conjunction with the Shriver Center has developed multiple internship opportunities with private industry, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations that reflect the varied careers available to students. The purposes of the internship are:
- Testing students' presumed career path for “fit"
- Applying classroom skills and knowledge to real circumstances and constraints
- Engaging with older adults, professionals, regulators and policy-makers
- Honing skills and performance with supervision and feedback
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.
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 a 18 credit hour minor program with the following requirements:
Core: 6 credits
- AGNG 100
- AGNG 200
Two 300-level courses and two 400-level courses, selected in consultation with the student's major advisor, from the approved content electives list.
Please visit the Erickson School website for the list of approved electives.
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.