2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Management of Aging Services
B.A., Hunter College, 1966; Ph.D., Yeshiva University, 1972
Clinical Assistant Instructor
Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Chair
Clinical Associate Professor
B.S.N., The Catholic University of America, 1983; M.A., 1991; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1998
Professor and Graduate Program Chair
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.
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.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsNon-Degree
CoursesManagement of Aging Services