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Secondary Major in Gerontology

Is the field of gerontology a possible career for you?  Will having a gerontology background help you in your planned career in (insert your major here)?  The answer is YES!

Aging is a multidisciplinary field, combining information from a number of areas such as biology, sociology, communication, family studies, business or financial planning, crisis management, and more.  Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the field of gerontology, students in a wide variety of majors find that gerontology can be a valuable asset in supporting career goals.  

What types of careers have KSU  gerontology students followed?

  • Elder law
  • Art and music therapy
  • Health care (all areas)
  • Speech therapy
  • Counseling (family, elder abuse, grief, substance abuse)
  • Long term care administration
  • Public policy
  • Business
  • Social Work
  • Architecture/Interior Design
  • And many more!


What do our graduates say?

----- Lacey

Thanks to the Center on Aging for the foundation of knowledge that has made me a valuable asset in my career in aging! After graduating from KSU, I took the community services route for aging services and learned about the Aging Network through the Area Agency on Aging in Manhattan. I served at the State Unit on Aging to oversee the Older Americans Act for Kansas and have now moved to Chicago to work for the Administration for Community Living (Administration on Aging).  I know that I would not be where I am without my KSU education. 


When I was a student at Kansas State, I switched majors many times as I tried to determine where my fit in life would be.  Ultimately, I decided on a Secondary Major in Gerontology that would correspond with my Business Administration major as I believed that is where I could have the greatest impact.  The Center for Aging helped prepare me for the journey I have been on since.  The career I have had in aging services administration and in public policy roles have been extremely rewarding.          
                                   ~ Shawn Sullivan, former Kansas Secretary on Aging




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