2017-2018 General Catalog 
    May 24, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Disability Studies Certificate

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Disability Studies Program

Minimum Certificate Hours: 15-19

Certificate Overview

The program is designed for persons who want to work with individuals with disability, those already active and those who simply want to benefit personally from knowing more about disability and the implications for our society.

The interdisciplinary curriculum provides an overall view of the concept of disability, identity, culture, social issues and policy implications. Students interested in specific careers working with individuals with disability should consult with faculty to develop a program of study to meet their individual goals.

Admission Requirements

  • Fill out application and submit an official copy of transcript(s).
  • Meet with the Chair of the Disability Studies Advisory Committee, or designee, for consultation.

Interdisciplinary Course in Disability Studies

Complete 3 credit(s)

Disability Studies Forum

Supplemental Coursework

Complete 5-9 credit(s)

  • From approved list of courses (See Advisor)
  • The course is listed with number 6000 or above
  • Disability-related topics or issues are a focus of the course
  • The concept of disability is considered from 2 or more perspectives or disciplines
  • The focus is on: reducing social and environmental barriers to enhance participation in activities at home, community and the workplace, and/or illuminating or analyzing social, environmental, institutional, political, medical, and/or cultural constructions of disability.

Capstone Experience

Complete 2-6 credit(s)

  • Students will complete a capstone experience which may be either a research or a service project that is approved by the Disability Studies Advisory Committee. The capstone experience must fulfill 2-6 credit hours. Students will propose a research or service project to complete the capstone experience. A student’s home department advisor will assist the student in developing the capstone project. A project that the student is completing for his/her advanced degree program, such as a thesis or dissertation, may qualify as the capstone experience if it has relevance to disability.


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