Disability Studies Bachelor's Degree Overview
The University of Toledo in Ohio has the first and only disability studies bachelor’s degree program of its kind in the country. UT’s program leads the nation in academic scholarship, social discourse and public policy.
Nearly one in five people in the U.S. lives with a disability. UToledo’s disability studies program helps students understand the full spectrum of human diversity. Undergraduates study the barriers those with disabilities face in living fully in their communities. Students partner with community agencies to learn valuable workplace skills and design programs that have practical benefit to those with disabilities.
A disability studies degree benefits anyone who plans to work in or provide goods or services to a community. It is relevant to careers in medicine, business, communications, education and more.
Disability Studies Bachelor's Degree Highlights
Community partnerships. UToledo works closely with The Ability Center of Greater Toledo, one of the country’s leading centers for independent living. Center staff regularly share their expertise with students inside and outside the classroom. Faculty meets regularly with center leaders to make sure UT’s curriculum keeps up with current trends.
Faculty and first-rate scholars. UT has the only program with faculty devoted solely to disability studies. Faculty members specialize in communication, history, sociology, gender and women’s studies, and performance studies.
Internships. All disability studies majors have at least one internship. Students find work in the Toledo area and across the country with:
- The Ability Center of Greater Toledo and other centers for independent living
- Disabled student services offices
- Recreational programs for people with disabilities
- A host of other organizations
Research and publish in scholarly journals. Work alongside expert faculty at a leading research university. UToledo's disability studies program houses the editorial offices of Disability Studies Quarterly, the leading journal in the field. Students have opportunities to work on research projects, as well as the journal.
Study across disciplines. The disability studies degree is centered in the liberal arts and social sciences, but students can choose courses across many other departments.
Add an MBA. Want a career in policy, advocacy, health care, human resources or management? Take advantage of an innovative program that lets you earn a bachelor’s degree in disability studies and an MBA in five years instead of six. UT’s College of Business and Innovation is one of the country’s best business schools.
Graduates of UToledo's disability studies bachelor’s degree program know how to think critically, process ideas and create solutions.
Students go on to graduate school, often in law, education or social work, or find jobs in:
- Social work
- Policy and advocacy
- Recreational or occupational therapy
- Health care administration
- Disability services
Disability Studies Bachelor's Degree Curriculum
UToledo's disability studies undergraduate degree program blends liberal arts and social sciences with related areas of study in UToledo's 13 academic colleges.
Popular Courses for Disability Studies Majors
- Autism and Culture
- U.S. Disability History
- Disability in American Literature
- Asylums, Prisons and Total Institutions
- Disability and Sexuality
- Disability in Children’s Literature
All of UToledo's disability studies undergraduates complete at least one internship. UToledo's disability studies program works with a network of organizations that provide disability-related services in northwest Ohio and across the country.
Typical Internship Locations
- The Ability Center of Greater Toledo
- The University of Toledo Campus Accessibility and Student Disability Services
- City of Toledo Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- Harbor Behavioral Health
The University of Toledo houses the only disability studies program in the country with faculty members solely devoted to disability studies, one of whom was recently recognized for her work.
Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe, assistant professor of disability studies, was granted the Western Social Science Association’s 2016 New Scholar Award.
Read more about Ben-Moshe in UT News.