Disability Studies Major

Disabilities Studies is a program that focuses on the nature, meaning, and consequences of what it is to be defined as disabled and explores the historical, cultural, economic, physiological, and socio-political dynamics of disability.

Disabilities Studies majors and degree programs typically include instruction in disability rights, legal issues, and public policy; literature, philosophy, and the arts; and/or research in the social sciences, education, and health sciences addressing social and experiential aspects of disability.

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Disabilities Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " Disabilities Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in Disabilities Studies?

A major/degree in this area of study may lead to careers in public and private agencies to meet the need of disabled clients and patients.  As well, students can use these programs to prepare for special education teacher training programs and in research and linguistics.  In addition, there are career opportunities in social services as a counselor, psychologist, language development specialist, medical doctor, nurse, etc.  Plus, coursework in this major may be used to satisfy the specific requirements of occupations such as law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medicine, etc. in the areas of management and personnel; or in working with relay and referral agencies that provide equal opportunities to disabled people.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Disabilities Studies:

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

Publications/Magazines in Disabilities Studies: