AGING STUDIES


The interdisciplinary Aging Studies program will expose you to a broad array of issues of concern to professionals working with the elderly, including: the biology of aging, psycho-social development in the second half of life, the philosophy of aging, and relevant research and critical thinking skills. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore Aging Studies at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in PSY 226 Adulthood and Aging.
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major.
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Joe Austin at The Partnership for Civic Advancement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: http://www.uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html

Can I minor in Aging Studies? Are there related majors at UMF?

UMF does not have a minor in Aging Studies. Community Health, Health & Medicine, Psychology, Sociology, and Rehabilitation are minors related to Aging Studies.  Click here for more information. Majors related to Aging Studies include PsychologyRehabilitation Services, and Community Health Education.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

The program will prepare you for employment in a variety of applied settings: business, government agencies, retirement communities and assisted living centers. It also provides you with a strong foundation for graduate-level study in Gerontology and related fields.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How do I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with the contact person for this major:  Dr. Steven Quackenbush, Chair, Psychology Building, steven.quackenbush@maine.edu, 207-778-7518.

To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office).


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