Programs & Courses

The Aging Studies pathway prepares students for a degree in Arts and Sciences. The pathway focuses on human behavior and study of gerontology.

 Associate of Arts-Arts & Sciences, Aging

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mike Stovall Phone: 410-386-8206 Email: The Arts and Sciences-Aging Studies recommendation at Carroll Community College provides basic knowledge of human behavior and a foundation for continued study in aging studies/gerontology. Graduates are suitably prepared to transfer to four-year colleges and universities in Maryland as well as other states. By following this sequence, students will be well-positioned to transfer. By using ARTSYS at, students can plan a course of study that will transfer seamlessly to an upper division school of choice. Students who plan to transfer to McDaniel College to declare a psychology major with gerontology minor should follow these additional recommendations: complete upper level language (SPAN-102 and SPAN-201) instead of SOC-105 and SOC-299. Take an Arts and Humanities Fine or Performing Arts course. Take advantage of the one McDaniel course at Carroll prices agreement by taking BIO 1121, Biology of Aging, at McDaniel instead of BIOL-105. Because McDaniel degrees require 128 credits, 64 Carroll credits will transfer. Students who plan to transfer to UMBC for Management of Aging Services should take MGMT-201 as an elective choice and SPAN-102 as an Arts and Humanities course.

General Education Requirements

ARTS & HUMANITIES: Three Areas will show as required until two Areas have been completed.  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
EMERGING ISSUES: (select 1 course)  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
ENGLISH COMPOSITION: (Minimum C grade required.)
MATHEMATICS: (select 1 course)  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
SCIENCE: Choose 2 General Education Science courses; one must be a lab course (7-8 credits).   Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE: Choose 2 General Education Social and Behavioral Science courses from 2 different subjects (6 credits).  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.

Arts & Sciences Program Electives

***** IMPORTANT ADVISING NOTES ***** If you select more than 30 credits to fulfill General Education requirements (two 4-credit science courses and/or 4 or more credits of math), you may apply the "extra" credit toward your electives. See an advisor for clarification. This program of study is a transfer recommendation under the ARTS and SCIENCES major. Your degree, ASSOCIATE OF ARTS, will appear on your diploma. Your transcript will say ASSOCIATE of ARTS in ARTS and SCIENCES. This transfer recommendation is offered for students who have not selected a transfer destination. You may take any 29 elective credits to meet Carroll graduation requirements. Consult ARTSYS, Carroll advisers, and the receiving college catalog to select courses that will transfer toward your bachelor's degree. Most bachelor's degree institutions will accept 60 credits at transfer.

Career Strategies

Aging Studies Strategies

  • Get involved with programs or organizations designed for senior citizens.
  • Talk to professionals in related geriatrics careers; conduct informational interviews.
  • Supplement program courses with coursework in lifespan development and aging.
  • Become a student member of professional associations, like the Gerontological Society of America.

General Strategies

  • Treat school like a job: attend, be on time, complete assignments etc.
  • Attend programs and activities sponsored by the Social Sciences Area of Study and related Areas of Study.
  • Secure strong faculty recommendations; consider finding a mentor in your career area of interest.
  • Consider on-campus employment as a means to build your skills and your network of contacts.
  • Participate in leadership programs like the Leadership Challenge, Advanced Leadership Challenge or special leadership events and workshops on campus.
  • Attend the Career Development Center's workshops on resume, social media and branding.
  • Develop your resume and online presence via LinkedIn, Facebook, Weebly, etc.
  • Seek experience through part-time, summer or internship positions in an environment related to your program of study.
  • Actively participate in student organizations to develop leadership skills. Learn to work well within in a team.
  • Conduct informational interviews and job shadow with professionals in fields of interest to learn more about opportunities.
  • Cultivate multicultural exposure by participating in campus diversity events.
  • Participate in service-learning events through classes or one-day volunteer programs (Cold Weather Shelter, Westminster Clean-up, Fairhaven, etc.)
  • Take classes in communication and public speaking (e.g. Introduction to Speech Communication SPCH-101Advanced Public Speaking SPCH-201, etc.).
  • Become a team leader for New Student Orientation.
  • Look into joining the Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society.