American Sociological Association

Section on Disability and Society

North American Disability / Interdisciplinary Studies Programs

UNDERGRADUATE/CERTIFICATE

Northern Arizona University
Minor in Disability Studies
You will examine the historical and legal treatment of those with disabilities; the role of disability in today's society; and the concept of normal and how it influences our understanding of disability. The minor will challenge you to examine your perception of disabled persons, and think critically about the ways in which disabled persons have experienced inequality and oppression.

Auburn University
Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling, College of Education

Related bachelors degrees

University of California, LA
Disability Studies Minor
The disability studies minor will be of interest to students from many different academic areas. Those students planning to enter professions in teaching, social work, public health, nursing, medicine, architecture, and law may have a special interest in applying their study to the needs of disabled populations.

University of California, Berkeley

Chapman University
Disability Studies
In the process of developing an undergraduate minor. Members of the DSCG are actively working on submitting a proposal for an official undergraduate interdisciplinary minor in disability studies. Several self-designed minors in disability studies have already been approved, so an existing interest among students has been demonstrated. The DSCG is also interested in starting a BURN group that would work closely with DSCG faculty and graduate students in a variety of research opportunities.

CUNY
Disability Studies
A multi-disciplinary academic field which promotes a "person-centered" approach to the study of disability, incorporating overlapping perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, science, social policy and the law. This strength-based approach supports a paradigm in which disability is regarded as a basic aspect of human experience.

University of Delaware
Center for Disabilities Studies

Multiple undergraduate programs

Eastern Washington University
Disability Studies and Universal Access
The Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Program encourages people, with a minimum of a bachelor's degree preparation, and who are interested in disability, disability culture, and the lived experiences of persons with disabilities, to enroll in the graduate courses offered. Post-baccalaureate students and matriculated graduated students are invited to enroll in the program by contacting the Center for Disability Studies and Universal Access. Non-matriculated students will be required to follow university procedures to enroll in the certificate program.

Gallaudet University
Bachelors in Deaf Studies

University of Georgia
Interdisciplinary Certificate Programs
The School of Social Work participates in several interdisciplinary certificate programs. Students may meet some of the requirements for these certificates through their MSW program of study, but should plan one or more semesters of additional study beyond the MSW for their completion. Certificates are considered a supplement to the MSW program of study and do not take precedence in the curriculum planning process. The School of Social Work does not control the scheduling of non-social work certificate courses.

University of Hawaii, Monoa
Center on Disability Studies

Certificate program

Hofstra University
Disability Studies minor

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Undergraduate Certificates in Gerontology, Global Health and Rehab, and Rehab and Disability Studies

University of Iowa
The disability studies certificate focuses on the social, cultural, historical, and political aspects of disability. As a certificate student, you'll learn about the history of disabilities in America and about how culture and society define disability. You'll learn how to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and you'll develop a personal philosophy of treating people fairly and thoughtfully. You'll also become knowledgeable about public policy issues and active citizenship.

Kent State University
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
The Disability Studies and Community Inclusion certificate is a multidisciplinary and prepares students to work with individuals with disabilities in a variety of community settings. The certificate enhances a student's career by helping them understand the nature of disabilities; the meaning of disability in society; social, political and health implications of disability; and methods of making society more inclusive to those who live with disabilities.

University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
In conjunction with faculty representatives from 14 academic departments at the University of Maine, offers a Minor in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies (IDS). The Interdisciplinary Disability Studies curriculum provides students a means to explore disability within the larger context of diversity and to examine professional practice, scholarship and policy related to persons with disabilities.

University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Disability Studies Minor
This is an interdisciplinary program and includes courses from several university departments. The minor in Disability Studies covers disabilities such as mental retardation, chronic mental illness, chronic physical disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders.

University of Memphis
Undergraduate degress in Disability Studies

Miami University
Sociology and Gerontology
Disability studies is an interdisciplinary minor, offering a broad liberal arts approach to the study of disability. The undergraduate Disability Studies Minor provides students with knowledge of the historical, social, artistic, literary, legal, educational, philosophical, and political framing of disability. Students develop a strong interdisciplinary foundation, with emphasis on cultural constructions of disability, and the intersections of disability, race, gender, sex, age, class and other markers of diversity and difference. Students have the opportunity to enhance this foundation by extending their learning into the community through the senior capstone internship and/or independent research requirement.

Pacific University, Oregon
Disability Studies
Undergraduate Minor
Disability studies at Pacific University is an interdisciplinary minor that works to understand why physical and cognitive differences have been treated as they have in the past and are in the present, how they should be treated in the modern world, and why. For students interested in health care, disability studies complements their science courses by focusing on the social, cultural and political issues in their future careers. It concentrates on the populations of people that many professions are established to serve.

Purdue University, Calumet
Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies (Option: Disability Studies Specialization)

Ohio State University
College of Arts and Sciences, Disability Studies
Undergraduate Minor
The disability studies minor consists a minimum of 14 credit hours of course work. Once the disability studies coordinator has approved the Minor Program Form, you should file the form with your college.

Shippensburg University
Disability Studies Minor
The Disability Studies Undergraduate Minor is an interdisciplinary program that explores the meaning and impact of disability across time, place, and group. We examine the ways in which our understandings of disability shape the fundamental aspects of our lives, our relationships, and the societies in which we live. This program offers a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary body of knowledge and skills and, in particular, raises awareness of disability issues, knowledge of disability rights and laws, and best practices towards creating inclusive and accessible environments and communities.

Springfield College
Rehabilitation and Disabilities Studies Department
Undergraduate majors and minors

SUNY, Buffalo
Disability Studies Center
The UBCDS adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the study of disability as a social justice concern. The new disability studies program at UB focuses on providing students and interested community members with broad exposure to innovative methodological and theoretical approaches to studying disability primarily in the humanities, with extensive collaboration in the social sciences, education, law, and the health sciences.

SUNY, Stony Brook
School of Health Technology and Management
Human Development and Disabilities Studies

Temple University
Institute of Disabilities

Offers multiple specialized programs

University of Texas, Arlington
Disability Studies Minor
The College of Liberal Arts' Department of History developed the interdisciplinary program to meet the interest among students preparing for a variety of graduate programs and for careers in law, education, public health, nursing, architecture, urban planning and social work.

University of Toledo
Interdisciplinary Minor in Disability Studies
The minor in the Program of Disability Studies consists of a minimum of 12 hours of required courses and at least 9 hours of upper-division electives (3000 level or above) chosen in consultation with the Disability Studies Program adviser. A list of potential electives is below.

University of Utah
Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Minor

University of Washington
Disability Studies at the University of Washington involves a multi-campus interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, students and community members, who share an interest in questions relating to society's understanding of disability. The undergraduate Disability Studies Minor and the Individualized Studies Major in Disability Studies provide opportunities for students to develop a strong interdisciplinary foundation in the social, legal and political framing of disability.

University of Wyoming
Wyoming Institute for Disabilities
Disability Studies Minor
The undergraduate minor in Disability Studies examines disability issues from multiple lenses. Social sciences perspectives center upon issues of equal rights, social justice, access to education, supports and services, health care, and policy issues affecting the lives of people with disabilities.

GRADUATE/POST-GRADUATE

Auburn University
Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling, College of Education

Related masters and Phd programs

California Baptist University
The Master of Arts in Disability Studies is a distance learning degree program designed to develop expertise in human differences. Beyond preparing professionals to lead, establish and shape disability programs, ministries and policies, the Disability Studies program prepares graduates to challenge and change the way society and organizations relate to people with disabilities.

Chapman University
Disability Studies
Graduate Student Research and Collaboration. Several of the Disability Studies CRASsH Group (DSCG) faculty members are from the College of Educational Studies (CES). They are core members of the faculty for the Doctoral Program where there is a Disability Studies emphasis area. The DSCG will benefit from the culture of research and faculty/student collaboration that already exists within the the CES doctoral program. This connection will allow immediate and extensive opportunities to build on existing faculty/doctoral student collaboration to go beyond the confines of CES.

Columbia University
Center for the Study of Social Difference
The Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University (CSSD) promotes innovative interdisciplinary scholarship on the role of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and race in global dynamics of power and inequality. Working together with colleagues from universities and research centers around the world, CSSD Fellows and faculty challenge the disciplinary divides among the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences by asking not only how historical categories of social difference intersect on the level of identity, but also how these categories shape institutions, modes of knowing, acts of representation, and processes of globalization.

CUNY
Disability Studies
A multi-disciplinary academic field which promotes a "person-centered" approach to the study of disability, incorporating overlapping perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, science, social policy and the law. This strength-based approach supports a paradigm in which disability is regarded as a basic aspect of human experience.

University of Delaware
Center for Disabilities Studies
Masters and PhD programs available

National Louis University
This doctoral program in disability and equity in education (Ed.D.) is designed for individuals interested in exploring the historical, political, social, cultural, pedagogical and philosophical values, beliefs and processes that have constructed disability in education.

University of Pittsburgh
Department of Rehabilitation and Science Technology
Multiple masters degrees and postgraduate certificates

Springfield College
Rehabilitation and Disabilities Studies Department

Graduate programs in rehabilitation counseling

SUNY, Buffalo
Disability Studies Center
The UBCDS adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the study of disability as a social justice concern. The new disability studies program at UB focuses on providing students and interested community members with broad exposure to innovative methodological and theoretical approaches to studying disability primarily in the humanities, with extensive collaboration in the social sciences, education, law, and the health sciences.

Syracuse University
The Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies
Disability Studies applies social, cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives to the study of disability in society. Building on the tradition of Syracuse University's School of Education in the area of disability, the program is designed to help students understand and work to overcome the barriers to full participation of people with disabilities in the community and society.

CANADA

University of Calgary
Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies

Full range of interdisciplinary professional educational opportunities.

University of Manitoba
Disability Studies
Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Disability Studies is a joint program initiative of the University of Manitoba and the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies.

Ryerson University
Bachelors of Art in Disability Studies

St. Francis of Xavier University

Diploma in intellectual disability studies (distance program)
The intent of the program is to build on the current knowledge and skills participants have regarding community living and human care. It provides an opportunity for deeper understanding and commitment to practice, enriching not only the participant's life, but also the life of persons for whom she or he cares and their family and friends.

University of Winnepeg
Offering a new Bachelor's program in Disability Studies with B.A. and B.Sc. options effective September 2010.

York University
Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies

OTHER

The Empower Program
The EMPOWER programs supports two-way professional exchanges designed to bolster disability rights around the world. Selected foreign participants will spend approximately one month in the United States to engage with key stakeholders in the disability rights community in developing creative solutions to the challenges faced by persons with disabilities in their home countries. The EMPOWER programs build the capacities of individuals and organizations to serve as leading disability rights advocates and to promote policies and programs benefiting people with disabilities in their respective communities.