Disability Studies, BA

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According to the Census, as the population ages, the number of disabled people will grow by an estimated 21% between 2007 and 2030. Understanding and addressing the needs of persons disability will become more important in careers in business, advocacy, education, government and law.

The BA program in disability studies explores historical, linguistic, social, artistic and legal dimensions of disability with the goal of improving the conditions of people whose lives are touched by disabilities.

With larger numbers of disabled people and disciplines focused on social justice, the new model for disability studies is that of empowerment rather than fixing a deficit. The curriculum combines theory and practice that prepare students to address injustices, exclusions and misapprehensions regarding disabilities through advocacy and self-advocacy, education, knowledge of the law and historical awareness.

Students in this major develop a professional-level digital portfolio of research in preparation for the job market.

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Disability Studies, BA

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New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences


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Career outlook

Graduates from this program will find career opportunities in many fields, such as social justice, civil service, law, health care advocacy, social work, education, rehabilitative health care, counseling, business, policy and advocacy, government, and with community and nongovernmental organizations.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers8.2%$67,870
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 12.6%$55,410
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School7.4%$60,180
Healthcare Social Workers 20.1%$54,870
Mental Health Counselors 23.1%
Special Education Teachers, Middle School7.1%$59,510
Personal Care Aides 38.6%$23,100
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 11.2%$53,640
Rehabilitation Counselors 12.7%$34,860

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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