Psychology & Leadership & Innovation in Aging Studies Double Major

Blend your passion for understanding human behavior and development with the purpose of serving older adults. Pair a Psychology major with the Leadership & Innovation in Aging Studies (LIAS) program.

The combination of these two majors provides a rigorous curriculum focused on exploring the aging process of individuals and societies, in addition to foundational psychology content, research, and communication skills. Themes encompass the study of physical, cognitive, personality, and social changes in aging adults; the investigation of societal changes resulting from an aging population; and the application of this knowledge to policy and program development.

There is an increased need for highly qualified professionals who hold expertise regarding the needs of the aging population. By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65. One out of every five residents will be approaching retirement age. This interdisciplinary program prepares you for careers in healthcare, human services, senior support services and elder care facilities, research, and government organizations. Furthermore, students will learn to advance as communicators, innovative problem solvers, culturally sensitive and responsive leaders as they prepare to work in senior support services.

Psychology & Leadership & Innovation in Aging Studies Double Major Benefits

  • Earn a double major in the same amount of time it takes you to earn one degree! You can use LIAS courses as electives while completing the Psychology major.
  • Enjoy flexible learning formats, including Psychology classes offered online and face-to-face on the Moorhead campus and LIAS classes offered entirely online. Both programs also offer summer courses to accelerate graduation.
  • Develop knowledge and research, communication, and leadership skills relevant to providing senior support services and beyond.
  • Critically analyze the programs, policies, and societal arrangements that affect aging and retirement.

The information below is a model for completing a Bachelor of Arts double major in Psychology and Leadership and Innovation in Aging Studies. Your individualized plan may look different if you have already fulfilled some requirements. Check your Financial Aid as it may require additional term credits for full-time funding. You must complete all university and program requirements successfully to complete this degree (GPA, 120 credits, LASC, WI, residency).

  • Program: Bachelor of Arts: Psychology & Leadership & Innovation in Aging Studies
  • Total Credits: 120 (You will complete requirements for double major in 87 credits.)
  • Catalog: 2022-2023
Curriculum Course Course Title Credits
Common Course Requirements for BOTH Majors*
LIAS Elective
PSY Core Requirement
PSY 202 Developmental Psychology 3
LIAS Elective
PSY Core Requirement
PSY 230 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4
Elective - BOTH PSY 265 Health Psychology 3
LIAS Elective
PSY Core Requirement
PSY 330 Experimental Methods 3
LIAS Core Requirement
PSY Elective
PSY 403 Adulthood and Aging 3
LIAS Elective
PSY Core Requirement
PSY 463 Abnormal Psychology 3
Elective - BOTH PSY 494 Undergraduate Research 1-3
Total Common Course Credits: 21
Leadership & Innovation in Aging Studies Courses (LIAS)
Core Requirement: HSAD 400 Aging in the US: Intro to Gerontology & Senior Support Care 3
Core Requirement: HSAD 401 Health Aspects of Aging 3
Core Requirement: HSAD 416 Healthcare Leadership and Management 4
Core Requirement: LASC Goal 6 & 9 HSAD 418 or
PHIL 311

Morals and Medicine
3
Core Requirement: HSAD 420 Health Policy and Economics 3
Core Requirement: HSAD 422 Regulatory Management in Healthcare 3
Core Requirement:* HSAD 468* Internship Seminar* 1
Core Requirement:* HSAD 469* Internship* 3
Elective: HSAD 417 Quality Management in Healthcare 3
Total HSAD Credits: 26
Psychology Courses (PSY)
Core Requirement: PSY 113 General Psychology 3
Core Requirement: PSY 202 Developmental Psychology 3
Core Requirement: PSY 261 Personality 3
Core Requirement: PSY 492 Seminar in Psychology 3
Elective: LASC Goal 10 PSY 324 Environmental Psychology 3
Elective: PSY 469 Internship 3
Elective: PSY ***   3
Total Psychology Credits: 21
Liberal Arts & Sciences Curriculum Courses
LASC Goal 1A/B     6
LASC Goal 2     3
LASC Goal 3     3 to 4
LASC Goal 3     3 to 4
LASC Goal 4 MATH 127 College Algebra 3
LASC Goal 5 PSY 113 General Psychology 3
LASC Goal 5     3
LASC Goal 6 PHIL 311 Morals and Medicine 3
LASC Goal 6     3
LASC Goal 7     3
LASC Goal 8 HSAD 218 Introduction to Healthcare and Global Health 3
LASC Goal 9 PHIL 311 Morals and Medicine 3
LASC Goal 10 PSY 324 Environmental Psychology 3
  FYE 101 First Year Experience 1
Total LASC Credits: 40

Notes:

  • *PSY 469 Internship will be substituted for HSAD 468 & 469. In other words, students will choose PSY internship option instead of HSAD 468 & HSAD 469.
  • Several PSY courses are included more than one time as they are counting towards core course for Psychology program and as elective for double major in Psychology and Leadership & Innovation in Aging Studies. 

Contact Us

Christine Malone, PhD, MA, BA
Professor
Psychology Department
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I am currently Chair and Professor of Psychology. I have been at MSUM for about 18 years. ...

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School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership
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