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New School of Aging and Lifespan Development begins Fall classes

August 15, 2008

The School of Aging and Lifespan Development, approved by the Arizona Board of Regents last January, begins new degree programs this fall including a Master’s of Science and Bachelor’s of Science.  Additionally, the previous minor in gerontology will now be in Aging and Lifespan Development.  The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology remains the same.

“We are excited by the opportunities in our new programs to serve the older adult community and expand students’ knowledge of aging issues,” says Kathleen Waldron, MS, Interim Director for the School of Aging and Lifespan Development.

The new degree programs have led to changes in curriculum for the 2008-09 academic year, including the addition of graduate-level classes exploring public policy and diversity.  For undergraduates, offerings have been expanded to include social policy and research methods.   Future courses are being planned in the areas of community resources, housing, and legal and ethical issues. 

Students in the MS, BS, and Certificate programs will be required to engage with organizations serving older adults though field placements, field education, internships, and for MS students, a two-semester applied projects.

For more information regarding the School of Aging and Lifespan Development contact Kathleen Waldron at