Program Overview

The mission of the concentration in Adult Development and Aging is to prepare students for employment in Human Services for the aging population. READ MORE

 

COMMON CAREERS

– Case manager
– Staff supervisor
– Staff coordinator
– Community care coordinator

Curriculum / Courses

  • FEATURED COURSES
  • + BI 215 -Biblical Interpretation
  • An introduction to the principles and practice of biblical interpretation as well as the primary tools of biblical research. Intended primarily for students majoring in Biblical Studies, this course seeks to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to correctly interpret and analyze various literary genres, as well as develop skills needed for accurate practical application and teaching. Christian Ministry requirements are also embedded in this course.
  • + BI 302 -Jesus and the Gospels
  • The theology of Jesus, origin and background of the Gospels. Theological, social, and pastoral relevance of the gospels. Special attention to the canon of the New Testament. Offered alternate years.
  • + PS 245 -Lifespan Psychology
  • This course is deigned to explore human development from conception through death using the biopsycho-social-spiritual model. Using major theories, such as psychodynamic, behaviorism, cognitive, ecological, etc., students will examine life span development similarities, yet also see how each life unfolds in its own unique pattern due to various factors such as temperament, personality, etc.
  • + PS 260 -Introduction to Adult Development and Aging
  • This course will provide a survey of the different issues involved in growing older. Spiritual, psychological, biological, and sociological aspects will be presented from a Christian worldview. An overview of the causes and psychosocial impact of communication issues will be addressed. This course includes an experiential component where students will be serving the aging population.
  • + PS 341 -Adult Psychology
  • This course explores various topics such as physical changes, physical and mental health issues, cognitive abilities, social relationships, work/retirement, etc. as they pertain to the various stages of adult development. Although much of the focus will be on older adulthood, topics discussed will also include adult development from young adulthood to death.
  • + PS 361 -Psychology and Culture of the Aging Process
  • A review of the biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of age-related changes in respect to perception, memory, cognition, and personality. Major developmental theories and research will be studied. Study of aging from the perspective of prominent sociological theories in Western society with an emphasis on culture.
  • + PS 363 -End-of-Life Matters
  • Broad overview of death and dying topics including choices an aging population needs to make; ethics and Christian perspective of those choices; and the experience of grief and mourning.
  • + PS 467 -Memory Loss and Aging
  • This course contrasts normal age-related changes in the brain with the effects of diseases that cause cognitive impairment. Prevalence, incidence, symptoms, causes, treatment, and caregiving issues are discussed, with emphasis on the history and personal, social, cultural, political, and economic impacts of AlzheimerÕs disease are explored.
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Courses Include

End-of-Life Matters

Broad overview of death and dying topics including choices an aging population needs to make, ethics and Christian perspective of those choices, and the experience of grief and mourning.

Long-Term Care System

Exploration of the continuum of long-term care services available in the United States. Examination of issues of access and financing; the combination of housing and services for disabled older adults; and challenges to the provision of a range of quality long-term care options.

Psychology and Sociology of Aging

A review of the biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of age-related changes in respect to perception, memory, cognition, and personality. Major developmental theories and research will be studied. Study of aging from the perspective of prominent sociological theories in Western society with emphasis on culture, socialization, group life, social institutions, social processes and social change.

Memory Loss and Aging

Aging affects the ability to recall and retrieve information. This course will compare normal age-related changes in the brain with the effects of diseases that cause cognitive impairment. Prevalence, incidence, symptoms, causes, treatment, and caregiving issues are discussed, with emphasis on the history and personal, social, cultural, political, and economic impacts of Alzheimer’s disease are explored.

Survival Psychology

Survival Psychology focuses on the traits responsible for surviving in high-stress environments including responding directly to high-threat encounters. Students will understand the psychology behind the warrior mindset, combat stress response and pro-survival behaviors, including “the gift of fear.” Organizational and professional psychological traits present in law enforcement, paramilitary organizations and high stress organizations will also be explored balancing independence and leadership versus the need for teamwork in responding to stressful events. Healthy lifestyle factors are examined that lead to career effectiveness and avoiding burnout, such as managing vicarious trauma and promoting self-care.

THE MORE YOU KNOW

OUR MISSION

Graduating Godly Individuals Prepared to Serve Christ in Church and Society.

OUR CORE VALUES

Bible Centered

Grace Theology

Ministry Focused

Transformational Relationships

OUR VISION

To be a vibrant University exalting Jesus Christ, preparing culturally intelligent students for diverse careers in the global marketplace.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

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I’ve been a student at Grace for about 3 years and I can honestly say I love it. I initially chose Grace because of how close it was to home and how inexpensive it was. The reason I chose to stay, however, was because of the great people that make Grace an amazing experience. Grace really makes an effort to make students feel welcomed and at home. This is a wonderful community and it has opened many doors of opportunity for me. Thanks Grace!

~Sergio Campos

- Wonderful Community