Aging and Longevity Studies Program

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The Aging and Longevity Studies Program provides students many ways to earn a credential in gerontology:

  1. Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies: The ALSP certificate is available to undergraduate students (requires 18 credits) and to graduate students (requires 12 credits) of approved coursework.
  2. Undergraduate Minor in Aging and Longevity Studies: Undergraduate students may choose to obtain a minor instead of a certificate by successfully completing 15 semester hours in Aging and Longevity Studies.  4 minute video on Minor
  3. Specialization in Gerontological Social Work: Undergraduate social work students have the option of earning 12 credits in aging-related classes to specialize in gerontological aging. MSW students can earn the graduate certificate in ALSP by completing 12 credits. Check the School of Social Work MSW handbook for details. 
  4. Nursing students can apply up to 9 credits of their required nursing credits toward earning a Certificate or a Minor in Aging and Longevity Studies. See checklist HERE.
  5. Health and Human Physiology Students can apply credits from HHP courses toward the certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies. Click HERE for a checklist.
  6. Individualized Major in Aging Studies: Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may design an individualized program in Aging Studies leading to a Bachelor of Arts by applying to and being accepted by the Interdepartmental Studies Program

Eligibility & Enrollment

The Aging and Longevity Studies Program is open to all UI undergraduate and graduate students in good standing. Individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree at any accredited university in the US can earn a Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies, as can people who have not earned a college degree but have successfully completed high school. It is strongly encouraged--especially for persons who do not have a college degree--that individuals who wish to pursue the certificate complete Aging Matters: Introduction to Gerontology before taking other aging-related classes.

To  enroll, please complete an enrollment form AND when you register for classes, indicate in MyUI that you are working toward a certificate or a minor in aging studies.

If you have questions, please contact Nadia Sabbagh Steinberg, Lecturer and Coordinator for the Aging and Longevity Studies Program: